The open sump is a typical inlet passage for small to middle-sized pumping station. It is important for the efficiency and safe operation of pumps that the open sump has an optimum design. The flow through the sump and into the pump is calculated using CFD. The incompressible N-S equations are solved by the finite volume method. The RNG k-ε turbulence model and the SIMPLEC algorithm for pressure-velocity coupling are used. Many different designs for the open sump are considered, the results of which are compared based on common criteria to evaluate the sump performance. Design values for the width, the depth of submergence and the bellmouth shape are derived.

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