Blade rows interaction in contra-rotating axial flow pump designed with different rotational speed concept

L. L. Cao, S. Watanabe, T. Imanishi, H. Yoshimura, A. Furukawa

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The contra-rotating axial flow pump consisiting of counter-rotating tandem rotors has been expermentally confirmed with better performances than the conventional axial flow pump, but it is known to suffer from the significant potential interaction between the counter-rotating blade rows, which is responsible for the repetitive stresses and unfavourable to the reliable operation. Consequently, to improve the realiability of contra-rotating axial flow pump including the reduction of the blade rows interaction, a new type of rear rotor was designed in the previous study by the rotational speed optimization methodology with some additional considerations. In the present study, to understand the effectiveness of the new design method, instantaneous static pressure fluctuations on the casing wall under the design and off design conditions are investigated by means of experimental and numerical simulation methods. The Fourier analysis is employed to process the data obtained from experiments and numerical simulations, and the axial distribution of the Blade Passing Frequency (BPF) amplitude is obtained. The new rear rotor shows weakened BPF amplitude both upstream and downstream especially at the positions between the two blade rows in both CFD and EFD analyses, implying the reduced blade rows interaction with the new rear rotor.

Original languageEnglish
Article number022004
JournalIOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering
Issue numberTOPIC 2
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event6th International Conference on Pumps and Fans with Compressors and Wind Turbines, ICPF 2013 - Beijing, China
Duration: Sept 19 2013Sept 22 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • General Engineering


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