DOI: 15, 2021Proceedings Paper

Influence of Blade Pitch and Number of Blades of a Pump Inducer on Single and Two-Phase Flow Performance

Trupen ParikhMichael Mansour


This study investigates the influence of various inducer configurations upstream of a pump impeller on the single and two-phase flow performance. Three pitch values (P = 0.151, 0.251, and 0.351 m), as well as three different numbers of blades (N = 2, 3, and 4 blades), were studied, leading to a total of 9 different inducer geometries. The main objective of the present study is to analyze and compare the corresponding performances and the two-phase mixing behavior, which is necessary for improving the two-phase pumping ability. 3D steady-state simulations using the Moving Reference Frame (MRF) approach were applied for single-phase flow, while a transient setup using a moving-mesh approach was employed for two-phase simulations. Turbulence was modeled by the Reynolds Stress Model (RSM), whereas the Volume of Fluid (VOF) method was applied to model air-water interactions. The results show that the increase in the number of blades leads to a high performance drop at overload (high-flow) conditions, but only to a slight performance enhancement at part-load (low-flow) conditions. Additionally, the effective flow range of the inducer corresponding to high efficiency becomes narrower for a higher number of blades. Concerning the induc...Continue Reading

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