Numerical research of pump-as-turbine performance with synergy analysis

Zheng Cao, Jianqiang Deng, Linkun Zhao, Lin Lu

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The wide use of pumps and turbines has significant value in energy conservation and utilization. In this work, a three-dimensional Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) model and a one-dimensional theoretical model of a Pump as Turbine (PAT) were established. On this basis, the correlation between pressure and velocity was quantitatively investigated by a proposed sensitivity index (SPV). A synergy field analysis was then applied to evaluate the flow characteristics of a pump and PAT, providing a perspective from the mechanism of the energy transfer enhancement for hydraulic devices. Moreover, the hydraulic and synergy performances of PAT were studied under various operating conditions. The results show that the minimum SPV is obtained in the impeller. With increasing flow rate, the SPV of the PAT generally increases, and the synergy angle of the impeller surface increases as well. A strong disordered synergy field is observed in regions of the blade leading edge, trailing edge, and volute tongue. The variations in efficiency and head with flow rate showed similar trends, respectively, with the synergy angle of the outlet and the mid-plane. This study provides an analytical method for quantitative evaluation of flow synergy characteristics, and it supplies a basis for further design improvement of the pump and PAT.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1031
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jun 2021


  • Centrifugal pump
  • Hydraulic performance
  • Pump as turbine
  • Synergy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Process Chemistry and Technology


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