Initial Findings of an Investigation on the Removal of the Cavitation Erosion Risk in a Prototype Control Orifice Inside a Diesel Injector
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A CFD investigation is in progress to study the cavitation characteristics and potential erosion risks of a control orifice in a prototype injector. An early design of the orifice resulted in cavitation erosion after endurance testing. A design modification eliminated the erosion and subsequent prototypes were free from damage. Initial results for the two designs using different simulation methods are discussed, along with the effects of different rates of evaporating and condensing mass transfer. Preliminary findings on possible erosion risk indicators comparing the eroding with the non-eroding design are presented.