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International Journal of Rotating Machinery
Volume 2007, Article ID 34752, 10 pages
Research Article

Numerical Investigation on Pressure Fluctuations for Different Configurations of Vaned Diffuser Pumps

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Duisburg-Essen, Duisburg 47048, Germany

Received 3 June 2006; Revised 8 December 2006; Accepted 16 January 2007

Academic Editor: Shimpei Mizuki

Copyright © 2007 Jianjun Feng et al. 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.


Numerical simulations on impeller-diffuser interactions in radial diffuser pumps are conducted to investigate the unsteady flow, and more attention is paid to pressure fluctuations on the blade and vane surfaces. Calculations are performed at different operating points, different blade number configurations, and different radial gaps between the impeller and diffuser to examine their effects on the unsteady flow. Computational results show that a jet-wake flow structure is observed at the impeller outlet. The biggest pressure fluctuation on the blade is found to occur at the impeller trailing edge, on the pressure side near the impeller trailing edge, and at the diffuser vane leading edge, independent of the flow rate, radial gap, and blade number configuration. All of the flow rate, blade number configuration, and radial gap influence significantly the pressure fluctuation and associated unsteady effects in the diffuser pumps.