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Study on Inducer and Impeller of a Centrifugal Pump for a Rocket Engine Turbopump
Published February 01, 2013 by SAGE Publications in United Kingdom
A hydraulic performance test is conducted for a fuel pump of a liquid rocket engine turbopump. The pump driven by an electric motor is tested in a water environment. Experimental results indicate that the inducer has a negligible effect on the head and efficiency of the pump but a significant effect on the cavitation performance. Additionally, an autonomous inducer test is carried out to investigate the effect of the inducer on the pump performance in more detail, and it is found out that the pump reaches a critical cavitation point when the inducer head is dropped by 55%. A reduction of required net positive suction head of the centrifugal pump by attachment of an inducer is also calculated considering the flow interference between the inducer and the centrifugal impeller, and it is found that the calculation shows a reasonable agreement with the test.