Dragica Jošt and Aljaž Škerlavaj attended the 7th IAHR International Meeting of the Workgroup Cavitation and Dynamic Problems in Hydraulic Machinery and Systems in Porto, February 1-3, 2017.

Aljaž presented the paper

Decoupled CFD-based optimization of efficiency and cavitation performance of a double-suction pump

Authors: Aljaž Škerlavaj, Mitja Morgut, Dragica Jošt and Enrico Nobile


In this study the impeller geometry of a double-suction pump ensuring the best performances in terms of hydraulic efficiency and reluctance of cavitation is determined using an optimization strategy, which was driven by means of the modeFRONTIER optimization platform. The different impeller shapes (designs) are modified according to the optimization parameters and tested with a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software, namely ANSYS CFX. The simulations are performed using a decoupled approach, where only the impeller domain region is numerically investigated for computational convenience. The flow losses in the volute are estimated on the base of the velocity distribution at the impeller outlet. The best designs are then validated considering the computationally more expensive full geometry CFD model. The overall results show that the proposed approach is suitable for quick impeller shape optimization.

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