The presence of unstable flow phenomena may significantly alter the flow pattern and characteristics of centrifugal pumps; that is, the unstable flows may seriously deteriorate the pumps performance. In this paper, considering the high cost of running license fees and not available with all the computing resources, a high quality Open Source CFD simulation platform like OpenFOAM instead of commercial software packages is adopted. Furthermore, the required capability such as GGI is added and boundary conditions are specialized to better simulate complex flow behavior through rotor-stator components in a double blades pump, whose specific speed is 115.6. In order to disclose the characteristics completely, six research schemes are developed and are now presented in this paper. The ratios (Q/Qd) of the flow rate are 0.4, 0.6, 0.8, 1.0, 1.2, 1.4, respectively. The task mainly focuses on the comparison of energy performance under different operating conditions between numerical calculations and experiments, the analysis of the inner flow in the impeller and the comparison of the velocity field in the impeller mid-height between simulation data and the Particle Imaging Velocimetry (PIV) experimental data. The results show that good agreements are found both in terms of the energy performance with experimental results and computed velocities with the PIV data, but improvements can be made.
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Numerical Simulation of Inner Flow in a Double Blades Pump Based on OpenFOAM and its PIV Verification
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Ren, Y, Liu, H, Wang, K, Tan, M, Wu, D, & Yang, H. "Numerical Simulation of Inner Flow in a Double Blades Pump Based on OpenFOAM and its PIV Verification." Proceedings of the ASME 2012 Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting collocated with the ASME 2012 Heat Transfer Summer Conference and the ASME 2012 10th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels. Volume 1: Symposia, Parts A and B. Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, USA. July 8–12, 2012. pp. 347-355. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/FEDSM2012-72037
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