Cavitation in Turbopumps—Part 1

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L. B. Stripling

Rocketdyne Corporation, Canoga Park, Calif.

A. J. Acosta

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif.

J. Basic Eng 84(3), 326-338 (Sep 01, 1962) (13 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3657314 History: Received July 27, 1961; Online November 04, 2011


A free-streamline flow through a cascade of semi-infinite flat plates is taken as a simplified model of the cavitation process in a helical inducer pump. The length and thickness of the resulting cavity is determined as a function of blade geometry and cavitation parameter. Loss coefficients resulting from the cavitation are estimated and representative cavity shapes are calculated to aid in designing the leading edge shape of the blades.

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