A Method for Correlating the Characteristics of Centrifugal Pumps in Two-Phase Flow

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Jaroslaw Mikielewicz

Institute of Fluid-Flow Machinery, Gdansk, Poland

David Gordon Wilson, Tak-Chee Chan, Albert L. Goldfinch

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass. 02139

J. Fluids Eng 100(4), 395-409 (Dec 01, 1978) (15 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3448698 History: Received July 01, 1977; Online October 12, 2010


The semiempirical method described combines the ideal performance of a centrifugal pump with experimental data for single and two-phase flow to produce a so-called “head-loss ratio,” which is the apparent loss of head in two-phase flow divided by the loss of head in single-phase flow. This head-loss ratio is shown to be primarily a function of void fraction. It is demonstrated that the measured characteristics of a centrifugal pump operating in two-phase flow in normal rotation and normal and reversed flow directions (first and second -quadrant operation) and in reversed rotation and reversed flow direction (third-quadrant operation) can be reproduced with acceptable accuracy.

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