Effect of Mesh Size in Numerical Simulation of Turbine Housing in Turbocharger
Numerical method is popular in analyzing turbine housing in turbocharger with an early and rapid risk assessment. However, complex casting and extreme thermal loading from exhaust gas temperature and flow variation under engine duty cycle lead to big thermal stress and this makes material serviced in the plastic zone. Previous numerical simulations show that a mesh size is insensitive to the elastic finite element analysis (FEA), but might not be proper for elastic-plastic FEA, even that other boundary conditions keep same, which indicating simulation results are changeable with mesh size and a simple numerical mesh size convergence might not be enough to guarantee accurate numerical results as well. Therefore, several different mesh sizes are used in elastic-plastic analysis of turbine housing to investigate the influence on numerical results.