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Experimental Performance Evaluation of a Centrifugal Pump With Different Impeller Vane Geometries

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Susanta K. Das

Kettering University, Flint, MI

Paper No. IMECE2014-38985, pp. V007T09A096; 6 pages
  • ASME 2014 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 7: Fluids Engineering Systems and Technologies
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada, November 14–20, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4954-5
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


Centrifugal pumps vane geometry plays an important role in pump’s overall performance. Thus, to know the impeller vane geometry effects on the performance of a centrifugal pump are essential from pump’s design point of view. In this study, an experimental investigation is carried out to judge the impeller vane geometry effects on the performance of a centrifugal pump. The performance of three different impeller vane geometries is evaluated in this investigation. To acquire pump performance and characteristics curves, inlet and outlet valves were manually adjusted and the pump’s rpm were varied remotely through computer control. The pressure data were obtained via installed flow rotameter for different flow rates with constant pump speed – 1800 rpm. Experimental data were used to calculate different physical parameters, such as the pump head, water horsepower — the power added to the fluid, power input to the pump–brake horse power, and pump efficiency for each of impeller vane geometries. The pump’s performance curves and the system curves were then plotted for each of the vane geometries. The results show that the pump performance as well as efficiency varies significantly for each of the impeller vane geometries. The results help to understand how to determine appropriate operating conditions and design parameters for different impeller vane geometries for obtaining optimized pump performance.

Copyright © 2014 by ASME



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