The thermodynamic effect on a cavitating inducer is investigated from joint experiments in cold water and Refrigerant 114. The analysis is focused on leading edge cavitation and cavitation instabilities, especially on alternate blade cavitation and supersynchronous rotating cavitation. The cavity length along cylindrical cuts at different radii between the hub and casing is analyzed with respect to the local cavitation number and angle of attack. The similarity in shape of the cavity closure line between water and R114 is examined and deviation caused by thermodynamic effect is clarified. The influence of rotation speed on cavity length is investigated in both fluids and analyzed on the basis of a comparison of characteristic times, namely, the transit time and a thermal time. Thermodynamic delay in the development of leading edge cavities is determined and temperature depressions within the cavities are estimated. Thresholds for the onset of cavitation instabilities are determined for both fluids. The occurrence of cavitation instabilities is discussed with respect to the extent of leading edge cavitation. The thermodynamic delay affecting the occurrence of cavitation instabilities is estimated and compared with the delay on cavity development.
Thermodynamic Effect on a Cavitating Inducer—Part I: Geometrical Similarity of Leading Edge Cavities and Cavitation Instabilities
Franc, J., Boitel, G., Riondet, M., Janson, É., Ramina, P., and Rebattet, C. (February 17, 2010). "Thermodynamic Effect on a Cavitating Inducer—Part I: Geometrical Similarity of Leading Edge Cavities and Cavitation Instabilities." ASME. J. Fluids Eng. February 2010; 132(2): 021303. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4001006
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