Off-Design Performance Prediction for Radial-Flow Impellers PUBLIC ACCESS

[+] Author Affiliations
Shen C. Lee, Daying Chen

University of Missouri-Rolla, Rolla, MO

Paper No. 88-GT-67, pp. V001T01A027; 7 pages
  • ASME 1988 International Gas Turbine and Aeroengine Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 1: Turbomachinery
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands, June 6–9, 1988
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7918-4
  • Copyright © 1988 by ASME


A numerical method was developed to consider the two-dimensional flowfield between impeller blades of a given geometry. Solution of the laminar Navier-Stokes equations in geometry-oriented coordinates was obtained for stream functions and vorticities. Velocities and pressures were calculated to determine the output fluid-energy head. The circumferential components of the normal and shear stresses along the blade were evaluated to give the input mechanical-energy head. Performance predictions were obtained for different load conditions. Comparisons were made with the measured velocity vectors of the flowfield of an air-pump impeller and with the measured performance of a production water pump, good agreements were reached.

Copyright © 1988 by ASME
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