This study is focused on the development and validation of an analytical model to predict the performance characteristics of multiphase flow twin-screw pump for wide range of operating conditions. A 200 HP, 635 gpm capacity multiphase flow twin-screw pump was tested with inlet pressure varying from 15 psig to 100 psig at gas void fraction (GVF) varying from 0% to 100% to validate the model. A new model is proposed to study the leakage flow in the twin screw pump. Adiabatic compressible flow is assumed in the circumferential clearance. The acceleration of the two-phase flow is taken into account in the new model. The change of Mach number of the leakage flow in the clearance and the possibility of choked flow at the outlet of the clearance was studied. Model provided important information about pressure distribution across the screw length, volumetric efficiency of the pump, and chocked flow condition. Model verification using experimental data concluded the paper.
Multiphase Flow Performance Prediction Model for Twin-Screw Pump
Contributed by the Fluids Engineering Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF FLUIDS ENGINEERING. Manuscript received January 2, 2017; final manuscript received August 21, 2017; published online October 24, 2017. Assoc. Editor: John Abraham.
Liu, P., Patil, A., and Morrison, G. (October 24, 2017). "Multiphase Flow Performance Prediction Model for Twin-Screw Pump." ASME. J. Fluids Eng. March 2018; 140(3): 031103. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4038080
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