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Numerical Simulation Prediction of Erosion Characteristics in a Double-Suction Centrifugal Pump

Version 1 : Received: 30 June 2021 / Approved: 1 July 2021 / Online: 1 July 2021 (15:09:10 CEST)

How to cite: Song, X.; Gu, N.; Shen, Y.; Fan, X.; Wang, Z. Numerical Simulation Prediction of Erosion Characteristics in a Double-Suction Centrifugal Pump. Preprints 2021, 2021070035 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202107.0035.v1). Song, X.; Gu, N.; Shen, Y.; Fan, X.; Wang, Z. Numerical Simulation Prediction of Erosion Characteristics in a Double-Suction Centrifugal Pump. Preprints 2021, 2021070035 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202107.0035.v1).

Abstract

Double suction centrifugal pump installed along the Yellow River faces the serious sediment erosion due to the high sediment content which cause the poor operation efficiency of pump unit. The particle motion characteristics and erosion characteristics in the pump under different flow rates and different particle concentrations were numerically simulated based on the particle track model of solid-liquid two-phase flow. The results show that the flow rate has a significant effect on the particle tracks and the erosion caused by the particles in the impeller. The total erosion rate is positively correlated with the flow rate, and increases with the increase of flow rate. The vortex and secondary flow in the impeller have obvious influence on the particle trajectory, which increases the particle concentration at the trailing edge of the pressure surface and intensifies the impact erosion in this area. The particles carried by the vortex intensifies the local erosion. The particle concentration mainly affects the erosion rate, but has little effect on the erosion position. The in-fluence of flow rate on the pump erosion is greater than that of the particle properties. These results provide a reference for optimization of the design of anti-erosion blades of the double-suction pump and regulation-operation of pumping station.

Subject Areas

centrifugal pump; impeller; erosion; particle track; particle concentration; flow rate

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