Numerical analysis of a closed face impeller

Tuxford, Andrew (2006) Numerical analysis of a closed face impeller. [USQ Project]


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The flow conditions within the fluid passages of a closed face impeller is difficult to visualise
without the application of numerical analysis to simulate these flows in a computer
based model. Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) and Laser Doppler Velocimetry (LDV)
can give us some insight into the flows at the inlet and the outlet of the impeller, but this
is of limited use as it doesn’t show what is happening behind the shroud. The impeller
that is being analysed has been provided by Tyco Flow Control/Pumping Systems, and
is from their 125x100-500 ISO Pump running at 4 Pole speed (1482 RPM). The impeller
has been modelled in 2d using the original AutoCAD drawings and Pro/Engineer to
produce a file that can be read in Gambit. After meshing in Gambit, the model was
solved using the commercial package Fluent to solve the 2D Reynolds Averaged Navier
Stokes equations in a rotating polar co-ordinate system. The flow conditions present
in the impeller confirmed some of the suspicions about the orignal design, but some
unexpected flow conditions were found, which provides insight into some phenomena
seen in service.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:02
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: closed face impeller; particle image velocimetry (PIV); laser doppler velocimetry (LDV); CAD; pump
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091399 Mechanical Engineering not elsewhere classified
09 Engineering > 0915 Interdisciplinary Engineering > 091501 Computational Fluid Dynamics
09 Engineering > 0915 Interdisciplinary Engineering > 091504 Fluidisation and Fluid Mechanics
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4017 Mechanical engineering > 401799 Mechanical engineering not elsewhere classified
40 ENGINEERING > 4012 Fluid mechanics and thermal engineering > 401204 Computational methods in fluid flow, heat and mass transfer (incl. computational fluid dynamics)
40 ENGINEERING > 4012 Fluid mechanics and thermal engineering > 401299 Fluid mechanics and thermal engineering not elsewhere classified

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