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Numerical simulation of 3D turbulent flow through an entire stage in a multistage centrifugal pump

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A three-dimensional turbulent flow through a multistage centrifugal pump is numerically simulated using a commercial CFD software package. The simulation and analysis include flow fields in rotating impeller and stationary diffuser and is completed in a multiple reference frame. The standard k-ε turbulence model is applied. The analysis of the simulation reveals that the reverse flows exist in the zone near the impeller exit and diffuser entrance, resulting in asymmetric and unsteady flow field. There is a considerable interference on the velocity field at the impeller exit due to the interaction between impeller blades and diffuser vanes. The hydraulic performance is connected and evaluated with the 3D computational flow field. The current computation is verified by comparing predicted and measured head.

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Author(s): Huang S, Islam MF, Liu P

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Computational Fluid Dynamics

Year: 2006

Volume: 20

Issue: 5

Pages: 309-314

Print publication date: 01/06/2006

ISSN (print): 1061-8562

ISSN (electronic): 1029-0257

Publisher: Taylor & Francis


DOI: 10.1080/10618560600916981


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