The periodically unsteady flow fields in a low specific speed radial diffuser pump have been investigated both numerically and experimentally for the design condition and also one part-load condition . Three-dimensional, unsteady Reynolds-averaged Navier–Stokes equations are solved on high-quality structured grids with the shear stress transport turbulence model by using the CFD (computational fluid dynamics) code CFX-10. Furthermore, two-dimensional laser Doppler velocimetry (LDV) measurements are successfully conducted in the interaction region between the impeller and the vaned diffuser, in order to capture the complex flow with abundant measurement data and to validate the CFD results. The analysis of the obtained results has been focused on the behavior of the periodic velocity field and the turbulence field, as well as the associated unsteady phenomena due to the unsteady interaction. In addition, the comparison between CFD and LDV results has also been addressed. The blade orientation effects caused by the impeller rotation are quantitatively examined and detailedly compared with the turbulence effect. This work offers a good data set to develop the comprehension of the impeller-diffuser interaction and how the flow varies with relative impeller position to the diffuser in radial diffuser pumps.
Investigation of Periodically Unsteady Flow in a Radial Pump by CFD Simulations and LDV Measurements
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Feng, J., Benra, F., and Dohmen, H. J. (September 7, 2010). "Investigation of Periodically Unsteady Flow in a Radial Pump by CFD Simulations and LDV Measurements." ASME. J. Turbomach. January 2011; 133(1): 011004. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4000486
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