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Old   May 16, 2022, 13:49
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Hi, i am running a centrifugal pump simulation in 2d in Ansys fluent 19. It is a steady state frozen rotor simulation with water as the working fluid. No cavitation is being considered, no slip. The impeller rotates at 2800 rpm. The boundary condition for inlet is Mass flow rate and the BC for outlet is pressure outlet. The pump has 7 blades with vaneless diffuser.
Here is a list of boundary conditions-
Mass flow rate Pressure
0.00001 176325
0.3846 161325
0.667 141325
1.0345 111325
After completing the simulation, i have found the head of the pump for different boundary conditions from the formula:
Head = (Total pressure outlet - Total pressure inlet)/ (density of liquid* g)
I have found that the value of the head starts at 11 (mflow = 0.00001) increases till 16 (mflow = 1.0345 as the mass flow rate increases. Is this correct?
My other results like the contour and vectors are coming as expected.
if not then what can i do?
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Old   May 17, 2022, 22:58
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Hi,

Head should decrease with mass flow rate. Since you are considering no cavitation, try using velocity inlet and pressure outlet boundary condition as that us more compatible with incompressible flow.

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Head should decrease with mass flow rate. Since you are considering no cavitation, try using velocity inlet and pressure outlet boundary condition as that us more compatible with incompressible flow.

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Ok thank you, will try
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Hi, the Boundary conditions did not exactly work for me as my journal has used mass flow inlet and pressure outlet for frozen rotor approach and the authors have gotten result. Any other suggestions are welcome.
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Old   May 22, 2022, 23:54
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I discovered this page from fluent manual and decided to try increasing the rpm from 280 to 560 and to 1120 and finally to 2800 in a single case file. Doing so didnt help me much.
i got the idea from this link. dropping it here, incase if anyone needs it for their simulation.
https://www.afs.enea.it/project/nept...ug/node378.htm

I am going to try running the simulation in high mass flow rate--> medium mass flow rate ---> low mass flow rate in the same case file and see if it helps me or not.

If anyone has any ideas please give feel free to add.
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