reduced flow-rates in turbopumps produce significant unsteady phenomena, characterized by separation and back-flow. In this study an LES approach coupled with an immersed-boundary methodology is utilized to investigate the changes in the flow physics, when compared to nominal flow-rates. The present methodology has been already validated for the design case through comparison with PIV experiments in the literature. It will be shown that for a reduced flow rate (40\% of the design one) separation phenomena are generated on the suction side of the rotor blades and on the pressure side of the stator ones. Significant spanwise non-uniformity is produced in the diffuser channels, with a displacement of the flow towards the hub side and back-flow on the shroud side. The values of turbulent kinetic energy are increased by an order of magnitude at off-design conditions and the main source of turbulence is not anymore the flow from the suction side and the trailing edge of the rotor blades: most turbulence is generated now at the leading edge of the diffuser blades. The increased interaction between rotating and stationary parts implies also a stronger dependence of the flow features on the relative position between impeller and diffuser blades.
|Titolo:||Large-eddy simulations of a mixed-flow pump at off-design conditions|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2014|
|Nome del convegno:||67th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics, Session R25: LES: Applications and Modeling|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||4.1 Contributo in Atti di convegno|