In highly loaded axial flow pumps considerable changes of the flow behavior are known when altering the flow rate from design point operation to part load operation. The flow structure which is changing from stable operating conditions to stalled flow conditions has been investigated experimental by Kosyna and Stark. The measured results are compared to results obtained by numerical simulations in a previous paper of the authors. Time dependent three dimensional flow fields in this axial flow pump have been investigated by unsteady Reynolds averaged Navier-Stokes simulations. The time resolved flow fields are compared to the time averaged results of the measurements for the design point and also for part load operating conditions. The change in the vortex structure induced by the tip leakage flow is investigated in detail for different conditions of operation. Also the part load recirculation vortex dominating the rotor tip flow at deep stall conditions as well as the cross passage vortex is visualized by evaluating the numerical results.

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