The Effects of Inlet Flow Modification on Cavitating Inducer Performance

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J. Del Valle, D. M. Braisted, C. E. Brennen

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125

J. Turbomach 114(2), 360-365 (Apr 01, 1992) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2929152 History: Received September 01, 1991; Online June 09, 2008


This paper explores the effect of inlet flow modification on the cavitating and noncavitating performance of two cavitating inducers, one of simple helical design and the other a model of the low-pressure LOX pump in the Space Shuttle Main Engine. The modifications were generated by sections of honeycomb, both uniform and nonuniform. Significant improvement in the performance over a wide range of flow coefficients resulted from the use of either honeycomb section. Measurements of the axial and swirl velocity profiles of the flows entering the inducers were made in order to try to understand the nature of the inlet flow and the manner in which it is modified by the honeycomb sections.

Copyright © 1992 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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