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A Test Program to Measure Fluid Mechanical Whirl-Excitation Forces in Centrifugal Pumps

Brennen, C. E. and Acosta, A. J. and Caughey, T. K. (1980) A Test Program to Measure Fluid Mechanical Whirl-Excitation Forces in Centrifugal Pumps. In: Rotordynamic Instability Problems in High-Performance Turbomachinery. NASA Conference Publication. No.CP-2133. National Aeronautics and Space Administration , Washington, DC, USA, pp. 229-236. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:BREriphpt80

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Abstract

Much speculation has surrounded the possible unsteady hydrodynamic forces which could be responsible for the excitation of whirl instabilities in turbomachines. However there exist very few measurements of these forces which would permit one to evaluate the merits of the existing fluid mechanical analyses. In keeping with the informal nature of this workshop we will present details of a proposed test program for the measurement of the unsteady forces on centrifugal impellers caused by either (i) azimuthal asymmetry in the volute geometry or (ii) an externally imposed whirl motion of the impeller. In the second case the forces resulting from the imposed whirl motions with frequencies ranging from zero to synchronous will be measured by means of a force balance upon which the impeller is mounted. This work is presently being carried out under contract with the NASA George Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama (Contract NAS 8-33108).


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Additional Information:Proceedings of a workshop sponsored by Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, the University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky, the U.S. Army Research Office, Durham, North Carolina, and the NASA Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio, and held at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, May 12-14, 1980
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Deposited By: Christopher Brennen
Deposited On:17 Nov 2004
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