The simulation system TRACE consists of the modules PREP, POST and TRACE. PREP is a preprocessor for mapping blade eigenmodes of a FEM calculation on a CFD grid for subsequent simulation of flutter or forced response. TRACE is the hybrid (structured and unstructured) flow solver with a nonlinear solver in time domain - as well as in the frequency domain, a linearized module in the frequency domain and an adjoint flow solver. POST is a comprehensive software tool for the global analysis of stationary and non-stationary multi-stage turbomachinery simulations. Furthermore, the template and parameter-based mesh generator G3DHexa is developed for structured grid generation.The TRACE program is subject to a rigorous quality management, which includes a test and validation suite, supported by an automated nightly build process. The Python-based processes are controlled by the use of state of the art software development tools (Eclipse, SVN, Jenkins, etc.)
The program TRACE system thus offers a quality assured basis for the simulation of turbomachinery flows and is used by the industry for the design of aero engine components (MTU) and stationary gas turbines (Siemens Energy). In addition, another 15 universities within Germany, alongside the KTH in Sweden, use the software package to support their turbomachinery research. Three of the universities within Germany are also actively involved in the further development of TRACE.