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Design study of a novel regenerative pump using experimental and numerical techniques

Quail, Francis J. and Stickland, M.T. and Baumgartner, B. (2010) Design study of a novel regenerative pump using experimental and numerical techniques. In: Proceedings of the 11th European Fluid Machinery Congress. Woodhead Publishing. ISBN 978-0-85709-091-1

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Abstract

This paper presents a numerical and experimental analysis of a new regenerative pump design. The complex flow-field within regenerative pumps represents a significant challenge to previous published mathematical models. The new pump design incorporates a new axial inlet and outlet port. The experimental and numerical results demonstrate that it is not only possible to resolve the flowfield for this pump type but also demonstrates this pump as a viable alternative to other kinetic rotodynamic machines. The use of the latest rapid manufacturing techniques have enabled the production of the complex geometry of the axial ports required for the new configuration.