The demand for higher efficiencies and performance of modern centrifugal turbomachinery requires improved knowledge of critical design factors in strength of materials, aerodynamics, and rotordynamics. While tremendous strides in finite element stress analysis and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) have addressed the first two areas, the lack of accurate prediction tools for centrifugal impellers typically leaves rotordynamics out of the design loop. While several authors have analyzed the rotordynamic forces arising from shrouded centrifugal impellers, there has been no study to couple the secondary shroud passage with the three-dimensional primary flow model. The strong interaction between these domains makes this approach advantageous. The current study utilizes CFD techniques to analyze the full 3D viscous, primary/secondary flow field in a centrifugal pump impeller to determine rotordynamic forces. Multiple quasi-steady solutions of an eccentric, 3D model at different precessional frequency ratios yield the rotordynamic impedance forces. Performing a second order, least-squares analysis generates the skew-symmetric stiffness, damping, and mass matrices. The results show good correlation with experiment for both performance and rotordynamic forces.

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