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Numerical Analysis of a Laboratory Centrifugal Pump for the Training of Graduate Engineers

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G. Cenci, M. Pinelli

University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy

Paper No. GT2006-90696, pp. 991-1004; 14 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2006: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 1: Combustion and Fuels, Education
  • Barcelona, Spain, May 8–11, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4236-3 | eISBN: 0-7918-3774-2
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


The up-to-date design of turbomachinery involves the use of three dimensional computational fluid dynamic analyses to match the challenge of the ever increasing speed of product development. Recently, the application of these analyses to turbomachinery, which in past years was confined to specialist fields, has become widespread in many industrial applications. Hence, besides the teaching of traditional methods for turbomachinery design, an important part of modern engineering education is to produce graduates with advanced skills in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) techniques applied to turbomachinery design. Moreover, at this time, these skills should either match the needs of research laboratories or be compatible with industrial needs, since three dimensional numerical calculation is also coming to be seen as a feasible tool in ordinary applications. For these reasons, CFD courses for the training of graduate students have been developed. In this paper, the methodology followed and the work carried out by the students of the course in Fluid Dynamic Design of Turbomachinery held at the University of Ferrara is presented. In particular, three levels of investigation are taken into consideration and presented: (i) focus on the fundamentals to achieve a basic knowledge of a design process based on numerical simulation; (ii) extension to higher level of in-depth analyses of the specific models which could be used in every phase of a numerical simulation; (iii) insight into the specificity of the main thermodynamic and fluid dynamic characteristics of turbomachinery. To achieve this, the numerical analysis of a simple but exhaustive geometry of a centrifugal pump has been carried out and the results obtained are analyzed. In particular, special emphasis is devoted to: (i) the comparison among the numerical models which can be chosen throughout the simulations of turbomachinery (type of grid, turbulence models, rotor/stator interface models) and (ii) the analysis of some of the most important fluid dynamic phenomena, such as, in this case, velocity profiles and jet-and-wake structure.

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