Improvement of Pump Performance at Off-Design Conditions PUBLIC ACCESS

[+] Author Affiliations
J. Paulon, C. Fradin

ONERA, Châtillon, France

J. Poulain

ALSTHOM-ATLANTIQUE, La Courneuve, France

Paper No. 85-GT-200, pp. V001T03A051; 7 pages
  • ASME 1985 International Gas Turbine Conference and Exhibit
  • Volume 1: Aircraft Engine; Marine; Turbomachinery; Microturbines and Small Turbomachinery
  • Houston, Texas, USA, March 18–21, 1985
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7938-2
  • Copyright © 1985 by ASME


Industrial pumps are generally used in a wide range of operating conditions from almost zero mass flow to mass flows larger than the design value.

It has been often noted that the head-mass flow characteristic, at constant speed, presents a negative bump as the mass flow is somewhat smaller than the design mass flows.

Flow and mechanical instabilities appear, which are unsafe for the facility.

An experimental study has been undertaken in order to analyze and if possible to palliate these difficulties. A detailed flow analyzis has shown strong three dimensional effects and flow separations.

From this better knowledge of the flow field, a particular device was designed and a strong attenuation of the negative bump was obtained.

Copyright © 1985 by ASME
Topics: Design , Pumps
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