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International Journal of Rotating Machinery
Volume 2, Issue 3, Pages 149-159

Impeller Flow Field Laser Velocimeter Measurements

Rockwell International Corporation, Rocketdyne Division, Canoga Park, California, USA

Received 9 August 1995

Copyright © 1996 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Development of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) computer codes for complex turbomachinery affords a complete three-dimensional (3-D) flow field description. While significant improvements in CFD have been made due to improvements in computers, numerical algorithms, and physical modeling, a limited experimental database for pump CFD code validation exists.

Under contract (NAS8-38864) to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) a test program was undertaken at Rocketdyne to obtain benchmark data for typical rocket engine pump geometry. Nonintrusive velocity data were obtained with a laser two-focus velocimeter. Extensive laser surveys at the inlet and discharge of a Rocketdyne-designed impeller were performed. Static pressures were measured at key locations to provide boundary conditions for CFD code validation.