Numerical investigation of flow patterns in different pump intake systems

Jie Min Zhan, Ben Cheng Wang, Ling Hui Yu, Yok Sheung Li, Ling Tang

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A 3-D numerical model for pump intake is established based on the Navier-Stokes equations with the RNG k-ε turbulence model and the VOF method to simulate the free surface. The applicability of the proposed model is validated by a test case of non-symmetric pump-intake bay. The predicted locations, structures and shapes of all vortices are in good agreement with those observed in experiments, though with some differences in vorticity strengths. The flow pattern and the efficiency of five types of pump intake systems are studied. The discharge and the velocity uniformity of the intake system are used as indices to evaluate its performance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)873-882
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Hydrodynamics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2012


  • Navier-Stokes equations
  • pump intake
  • VOF method

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Modelling and Simulation

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