Two-stage split case centrifugal pumps play an important role in large flow rate and high lift water transfer situations. To investigate the influence of baffles in between stages on the performance and internal flow characteristics, the unsteady simulations for the prototype pump were carried out by solving the three-dimensional Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes equations with a shear stress transport (SST) turbulence model. The structured grids were generated for the whole flow passage. The calculated performance results were verified by the experimental measurements. The entropy production method based on numerical simulation was applied to analyze the distribution and mechanism of flow losses. The results show that the turbulence dissipation is the dominant flow loss, and the viscous dissipation can be neglected. The baffles can reduce the turbulence dissipation power obviously and can improve the hydraulic efficiency by maximum 5%, especially under QBEP and over-load conditions. The baffles have the greatest effect on the hydraulic losses in the double suction impeller., because they change the flow characteristics in the channels between the first stage impeller and the double suction impeller, affecting the inflow condition dramatically for the impeller. The study can give a reference to optimize the design of the two-stage split case centrifugal pump for high efficiency.

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