Title: Numerical and Experimental Study of Axial Force and Hydraulic Performance in a Deep-Well Centrifugal Pump With Different Impeller Rear Shroud Radius
A multistage deep-well centrifugal pump (DCP) with different impeller rear shroud radius have been investigated both numerically and experimentally under multiconditons, which aims at studying the influence of impeller rear shroud radius to the axial force and pump hydraulic performance. During this study, a two-stage DCP equipped with three different impellers was simulated employing the commercial computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software ANYSY-Fluent to solve the Navier-Stokes equations for three-dimensional steady flow. High-quality structured grids were meshed on the whole computational domain. Test results were acquired by prototype experiments, and then compared with the predicted pump performance and axial force. The static pressure distribution in the pump passage obtained by numerical simulation was analyzed. The results indicated that the appropriate impeller rear shroud radius could improve the pump performance and lower the axial force significantly.