Thermal management has become a key point in the development of contemporary electronics systems. It is evident that heat fluxes are currently approaching the limits of conventional forced air cooling, and that liquid technologies are now under consideration. The objective of this paper is to investigate the flow fields within a miniature scale centrifugal pump in order to determine velocity profiles describing the flow. The experimental setup consisted of a hydrodynamic test bed constructed to measure the pressure-flow characteristic of a centrifugal pump with a rated volumetric flow of 9 l/min. The impeller diameter of the pump under consideration was 34.3mm, and the characterisation experiments were carried out at a constant impeller speed. Particle-Image Velocimetry (PIV) was used to measure velocity profiles within the volute section of the pump. Synchronised velocity profiles are illustrated for three operating points on the pump characteristic curve. A hydrodynamic analysis of the velocity vectors at the impeller tip is also included, and pump model verification is then discussed based on the comparison between the theoretical predictions and the PIV data.
An Experimental Investigation of Flow Fields Within Miniature Scale Centrifugal Pumps
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Kearney, D, Punch, J, & Grimes, R. "An Experimental Investigation of Flow Fields Within Miniature Scale Centrifugal Pumps." Proceedings of the ASME 2006 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition. Fluids Engineering. Chicago, Illinois, USA. November 5–10, 2006. pp. 81-87. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/IMECE2006-14283
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