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The Dynamic Performance of Cavitating Turbopumps

Brennen, Christopher and Acosta, Allan J. (1975) The Dynamic Performance of Cavitating Turbopumps. In: Proceedings of the Fifth Conference on Fluid Machinery. Akadémiai Kiadó , Budapest, pp. 121-136. ISBN 9630507250.

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Knowledge of the dynamic performance of turbopumps is essential for the prediction of instabilities in hydraulic systems; the necessary information is in the form of a transfer function relating the instantaneous pressures and mass flow rates at inlet and discharge. Cavitation has a significant effect on this transfer function since dynamical changes in the volume of cavitation contribute to the difference in the instantaneous flow rates. The present paper synthesizes the transfer matrix for cavitating inducers at moderately low frequencies and shows that the numerical results are consistent with observations on rocket engine turbopumps.

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Additional Information:The authors are indebted to the George Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama for support under NASA Contract NAS 8-28046 and to Mr. L. Gross of NASA, Huntsville, Dr. S. Rubin of Aerospace Corporation and Dr. J. Fenwick of the Rocketdyne Division of Rockwell International for valuable suggestions and advice.
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Deposited By: Christopher Brennen
Deposited On:07 Jan 2005
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