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Impeller tandem blade study with grid embedding for local grid refinementFlow non-uniformity at the discharge of high power density impellers can result in significant unsteady interactions between impeller blades and downstream diffuser vanes. These interactions result in degradation of both performance and pump reliability. The MSFC Pump Technology Team has recognized the importance of resolving this problem and has thus initiated the development and testing of a high head coefficient impeller. One of the primary goals of this program is to improve impeller performance and discharge flow uniformity. The objective of the present work is complimentary. Flow uniformity and performance gains were sought through the application of a tandem blade arrangement. The approach adopted was to numerically establish flow characteristics at the impeller discharge for the baseline MSFC impeller and then parametrically evaluate tandem blade configurations. A tandem design was sought that improves both impeller performance and discharge uniformity. The Navier-Stokes solver AEROVISC was used to conduct the study. Grid embedding is used to resolve local gradients while attempting to minimize model size. Initial results indicate that significant gains in flow uniformity can be achieved through the tandem blade concept and that blade clocking rather than slot location is the primary driver for flow uniformity.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Bache, George
(Aerojet Solid Propulsion Co. Sacramento, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
July 1, 1992
Publication Information
Publication: NASA. Goddard Space Flight Center, Tenth Workshop for Computational Fluid Dynamic Applications in Rocket Propulsion, Part 1
Subject Category
Fluid Mechanics And Heat Transfer
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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