The paper illustrates the results of an experimental campaign conducted in the Cavitating Pump Rotordynamic Test Facility at ALTA S.p.A., aimed at characterizing the rotordynamic forces acting on a whirling four-bladed, tapered-hub, variable-pitch inducer, designated as DAPAMITO4. The roles of the imposed whirl motion of the rotor, flow coefficient, cavitation number and liquid temperature have been investigated. A novel experimental technique, consisting in measuring the continuous spectra of the forces as functions of the whirl ratio, has been developed and validated. This technique gives the possibility of extracting valuable information from the experiments by clearly identifying the qualitative and quantitative behavior of the forces, and is therefore useful to catch the unlikely foreseeable complexity of the rotordynamic forces and their consequences on the stability of axial inducers.

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