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Published September 1962 | Reprint
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Cavitation in Turbopumps -- Part 1


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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Copyright © 1962 by ASME. Received July 27, 1961; Online November 04, 2011. Contributed by the Hydraulic Division for presentation at the Winter Annual Meeting, New York, N. Y., November 26-December 1, 1961, of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Paper No. 61--WA-112. This work was supported by the Office of Naval Research Contract Nonr-220(24) and the Rocketdyne Division of North American Aviation, Inc.

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