Abstract: Crude oil transport is an essential task in oil and gas industries, where centrifugal pumps are extensively used. The design of a centrifugal pump involves a number of independent parameters which affect the pump performance. Altering some of the parameters within a realistic range improves pump performance and saves a significant amount of energy. The present research investigated the pump characteristics by modifying the number of blades and the exit blade-angles. Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes equations with standard k-ε two-equation turbulence closure were used for steady and incompressible flow of crude oil through the pump. The experimental set-up was installed and the pump performance calculated numerically was compared with the experiments. The investigations showed that the number of blades and the exit blade-angles have a significant influence on the head, shaft power, and efficiency. The vortical flow structures, recirculation and reverse flow characteristics around the impeller were investigated to explain the flow dynamics of impeller and casing. A larger number of blades on the rotor showed dominant streamlined flow without any wake phenomena. The combined effect of the number of blades and exit blade angle has led to an increase in head and efficiency through the parametric optimization.

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Abstract: Crude oil transport is an essential task in oil and gas industries, where centrifugal pumps are extensively used. The design of a centrifugal pump involves a number of independent parameters which affect the pump performance. Altering some of the parameters within a realistic range improves pump performance and saves a significant amount of energy. The present research investigated the pump characteristics by modifying the number of blades and the exit blade-angles. Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes equations with standard k-ε two-equation turbulence closure were used for steady and incompressible flow of crude oil through the pump. The experimental set-up was installed and the pump performance calculated numerically was compared with the experiments. The investigations showed that the number of blades and the exit blade-angles have a significant influence on the head, shaft power, and efficiency. The vortical flow structures, recirculation and reverse flow characteristics around the impeller were investigated to explain the flow dynamics of impeller and casing. A larger number of blades on the rotor showed dominant streamlined flow without any wake phenomena. The combined effect of the number of blades and exit blade angle has led to an increase in head and efficiency through the parametric optimization.

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Crude Oil Delivery

S.A.I. Bellarya, A. Husain*, b, A. Samadc and R.A. Kanaia

a

b Departmentof Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Sultan Qaboos University, PO Box 33, Al-Khoudh, PC 123,

Muscat, Sultanate of Oman.

c Department of Ocean Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai-600036, India.

Abstract: Crude oil transport is an essential task in oil and gas industries, where centrifugal pumps

are extensively used. The design of a centrifugal pump involves a number of independent parameters

which affect the pump performance. Altering some of the parameters within a realistic range

improves pump performance and saves a significant amount of energy. The present research

investigated the pump characteristics by modifying the number of blades and the exit blade-angles.

Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes equations with standard k-ε two-equation turbulence closure were

used for steady and incompressible flow of crude oil through the pump. The experimental set-up was

installed and the pump performance calculated numerically was compared with the experiments.

The investigations showed that the number of blades and the exit blade-angles have a significant

influence on the head, shaft power, and efficiency. The vortical flow structures, recirculation and

reverse flow characteristics around the impeller were investigated to explain the flow dynamics of

impeller and casing. A larger number of blades on the rotor showed dominant streamlined flow

without any wake phenomena. The combined effect of the number of blades and exit blade angle has

led to an increase in head and efficiency through the parametric optimization.

Keywords: Centrifugal pump; Exit blade-angle; Number of blades; Recirculation; Reverse flow;

Vortical Structures; Pump efficiency.

أ

رفيق أبو كاناي، عبد الصمد، * أفظل حسني ب، سيد امحد عمران بالري أ

حيث تستخدم مضخات الطرد املركزي، يعترب نقل النفط اخلام من املهام األساسية يف صناعات النفط والغاز: املخلخ

ويعمل. وينطوي تصميم مضخة الطرد املركزي عخلى عدد من املعامالت املستقخلة اليت تؤثر عخلى أداء املضخة.عخلى نطاق واسع

ويقوم البثث ااحالي.تغيري بعض هذه املعامالت ضمن نطاق واقعي عخلى حتسني أداء املضخة وتوفري كمية كبري من الطاقة

ستوكس مع- و قد مت استخدام معادالت نافري.املضخة عن طريق تعديل عدد الريش وزوايا خمارجها بدراسة خصائ

ومت. املعيارية ذات املعادلتني لتدفق النفط اخلام بشكل ثابت وغري قابل لالنضغاط من خالل مروره باملضخة3 املعادلة كيه

وأظهرت الدراسات أن عدد الريش.تركيب النظام التجرييب و مقارنة أداء املضخة بالطريقة العددية مع النتائج العمخلية

هياكل التدفق الدوراني وإعاد التدوير ومت فث. وخمارج زواياها هلا تأثري كبري عخلى الرأس وقو الدوران والكفاء

وأظهر وجود عدد كبري من.التدفق العكسي حول الدافع ملعرفة ديناميكية تدفق الدافع واالطار اخلارجي وخصائ

وقد أدى التأثري املشرتك لعدد.الريش عخلى احملرك يعمل عخلى تدفق كبري منتظم دون حدوث وقائع غريبة يف اعقاب ذلك

.الريش وخمارج زواياها إىل زياد يف الرأس والكفاء من خالل االداء األمثل لخلمعامل

اهلياكل، التدفق العكسي،إعاد التدوير، عدد الريش، خمرج زاوية الريش، مضخة الطرد املركزي: الكخلمات املفتاحية

كفاء املضخة،الدورانية

* Corresponding author’s e-mail: afzal19@squ.edu.om

DOI: 10.24200/tjer.vol15iss1pp88-101

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List of Symbols

H : Head generated, m

∆H : Hydraulic losses, m

M : Power consumed by pump, W

N : Impeller speed, rpm

Q : Volume flow rate, m3/s

Ui : Velocity of fluid, m/s

Z : Number of blades

Greek Symbol

η : Efficiency, %

µ : Dynamic viscosity, N.s/m2

µt : Turbulent viscosity, N.s/m2

ρ : Density of fluid, kg/m3

σ : Slip factor

Subscripts

act : Actual

h : Hydraulic

in : Input

man : Manometric

mech : Mechanical

motor : Motor

out : Output

theo : Theoretical

ov : Overall

2 : Outlet

Acronyms

RANS : Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes

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pump and the effects of β, and reported that the

Transportation of crude oil is one of the major best efficiency point shifts towards higher

tasks of the E & P (exploration and production) values for higher β. Experiments on water and

companies and centrifugal pumps are viscous oils show that the Z influenced the

extensively used for this application. These performance of oil pumps and their effects

pumps transport liquids or mixtures of liquids decreased as fluid viscosity increased (Li 2011).

having a wide range of viscosity and density Houlin et al. (2010) numerically investigated the

(Bellary and Samad 2014; Srinivasan 2008). An flow characteristics of a centrifugal pump with

impeller, a major part of the pump, transfers different Z and compared their results with

energy to the fluid and the fluid flow is those of the experiments. An increase in Z leads

characterized by diffusion, vortices, strong to an increase of pressure fluctuations on the

swirl, separation, reverse flow and recirculation pressure side and on the whole diffuser vane

(Tuzson 2000). The centrifugal pump surface (Feng et al. 2007).

performance is dependent upon the impeller The experimental and numerical analysis

diameter, the width of the impeller, the number show that Z affects the head generation (Rababa

of blades (Z) mounted on the impeller, blade 2011; Bellary et al. 2016). Kim et al. (2014)

profile and inlet and the exit blade-angles (β) performed design optimization of a centrifugal

etc. (Srinivasan 2008; Bellary and Samad 2016). pump using CFD-based analysis and response

Several researchers investigated the effects of surface method. The optimized design showed

various geometric parameters on the approximately 0.6% higher efficiency and 1.0 m

performance of centrifugal pumps. Geometric higher head. Yan et al. (2017) redesigned a low

parameters should be altered carefully so that efficiency and high vibration pump using CFD

the basic design of the pump cannot be analysis. The redesigned pump showed about

disturbed (Srinivasan 2008; Gulich 2010). To do 3% higher efficiency than the baseline pump.

so, one has to change the shape of the impeller Alemi et al. (2015) investigated volute geometry

rather than changing the key dimensions. effects on the pump head, efficiency and radial

Proper design parameters and operating range force of a low-specific-speed pump. The authors

selections are important to enhance the pump concluded that the circular cross section volute

performance. casing with radial diffuser provides higher head

During the last few decades, the effects of and efficiency.

geometric parameters on the pump performance More often, industries transport fluids

have been extensively investigated. Kamimoto having high viscosities. Several researchers have

and Matsuoka (1956) investigated the internal reported the effect of viscosity on pump

flow mechanism experimentally and have performance. Siddique et al. (2017) reported that

shown 40% improvement in hydraulic efficiency the high viscosity skin-friction losses decreased

of an impeller with 30º EBA. Varley (1961) with the increase of surface roughness. Bai et al.

reported that a higher β gives a higher head for (2017) analyzed and compared the submersible

a double suction centrifugal pump, but they pump head and efficiency to a different

skipped reporting the flow mechanism in detail. combination of number-of-blades of the

Aoki et al. (1987) and Ohta and Aoki (1996) have impeller and diffuser vanes. Korkmaz et al.

reported that higher β improves the (2017) performed experiments on different blade

performance of the pump with water as angles and concluded that the impeller with less

working fluid (Varley 1961). Murakami et al. blade angle has superior performance as

(1980) measured flow patterns in centrifugal compared to that of large exit blade angle. The

pumps at both design and off-design conditions results revealed that the less number of impeller

and concluded that the velocity and pressure and diffuser vanes favored the rise in head and

distributions of seven-blade impeller coincide, efficiency at the design point.

whereas for three-blade impeller the deviation Although many researchers reported

was large. experimental and numerical investigations of

Fard and Boyaghchi (2007) and Li (2011) the centrifugal pump with water as working

reported similar works results on the centrifugal fluid, there is a scarcity of deterministic

pump. Fard et al. (2012) investigated the effect of literature on centrifugal pumps for crude oil

β for oil as working fluid, both experimentally transportation. In this study, the performance

and numerically, and showed that the increase enhancement of a centrifugal pump and the

of β improves the performance. Shigemitsu et al. effects of several design parameters have been

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investigated with detailed description for due to slip. Wiesner (1967) related Z with slip

complex flow behavior, velocity, and pressure factor as;

distributions. An attempt has been made to

understand the combined effect of the blade sin

numbers (Z) and the exit blade angle (β) for 1 (3)

Z 0.7

crude oil transportations.

Hydraulic efficiency is given by;

2. Experimental and Numerical Model

H act H H

2.1. Pump Facility, Experimental Setup and h theo

H theo H theo (4)

Test Conditions

The centrifugal pump used in this study to

optimize the performance is shown in Fig. 1. Relationship between overall efficiency and

The pump has un-vanned single volute casing hydraulic efficiency is given by;

with circular cross section. The pump has a

rotational speed of 1340 rpm (N) and a specific ov mech vol h (5)

speed of 70 (Ns). The total head is 5.05 m (H) at

the design point which is having a mass flow Following relationship was used to calculate

rate of ṁdes = 2.171 kg/s. The design parameters the input power to the pump by measuring

and test conditions are presented in Table 1. The input voltage and current including motor

experimental set-up was installed in the Wave losses;

Energy and Fluids Engineering Laboratory of

the Department of Ocean Engineering- IIT

Madras (Fig. 2). Two differential pressure M in 3 EI cos motor (6)

gauges measured the pump suction and

delivery pressure. A needle valve located where, E and I are the applied voltage and

between the pump outlet and flow meter current to the motor. The output power was

regulated the flow and a flow meter measured determined by the formula;

the flow rate. A 3-phase DC-induction motor

operated by a variable frequency drive, drove M out g H man Q

the pump at a constant speed (N=1340 rpm).

(7)

The change in pressure at the suction and the

delivery sides by adjusting flow control valves

Then, the pump efficiency was determined

were recorded. A voltmeter and an ammeter

by the relationship;

gave the input power. The losses in the motor

were considered to calculate the pump input

M out

power. The pump head was calculated by pump

measuring pressures at the inlet (P1) and the M in (8)

outlet (P2), i.e.

P P1 (1)

H 2

g

estimated by the following relation (Japikse et al.

1997);

u2 cm

H man 1 cot (2)

g u

the meridional component of velocity at the exit Figure 1. Schematic of centrifugal pump

impeller and casing.

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(a)

(b)

Figure 2. (a) Schematic of the experimental facility, and (b) experimental setup of the pump system.

Parameter Dimension

Shaft diameter, Ds 24 mm

Inlet diameter, D1 63 mm

Inlet blade width, b1 23 mm

Outlet blade width, b2 10 mm

Inlet blade angle at shroud, βshr 11o

Inlet blade angle at hub, βhub 31°

Outlet blade angle, β 36o

Blade number, Z 5

Blade thickness, t 3 mm

Outlet diameter, D2 142 mm

Base circle diameter of volute

147 mm

casing, D3

Volute width at base circle, b3 15 mm

Suction pipe diameter, Dsuc 50 mm

Delivery pipe diameter, Ddel 32 mm

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The crude oil of the experiment was obtained solver and k-ε turbulence closure model was

from Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), used (ANSYS Solver Theory 2010). The impeller

Karaikal, India. Its properties were extracted and casing geometries, having dimensions

from the Gas Hydrate and Flow Assurance given in Table 1, were constructed in BladeGen-

Laboratory of the Department of Ocean v13 and CATIA-v5, respectively. These

Engineering- IIT Madras. geometries were assembled in a design modeler.

It was meshed with unstructured grids in

2.2. Numerical Model ANSYS Turbogrid as shown in Fig. 3. Table 2

In the present study, Reynolds-Averaged shows the number of nodes, elements,

Navier-Stokes (RANS) equations were solved boundary conditions, and the convergence

for the incompressible and steady-state flow criteria.

using a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

Parameter Dimension

Impeller and Volute

Flow domain

casing

Interface Frozen rotor

Mesh/Nature Unstructured

Total nodes 150000

Total elements 500000

Fluid nature Water and crude oil

Turbulence model k-ε

Inlet Pressure

Outlet Mass flow rate

Residual convergence

1×10-5

value

Time taken for single

6h

simulation

Mass imbalance 1×10-4 kg/s

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The flow was simulated at various design hydrodynamic equations for velocity and

and off-design points. Although the mesh was pressure (u, v, w, p) as a single system and uses

not resolved finely for boundary layer a fully implicit discretization of the equations

capturing, it provided reasonably accurate for a given time step. Also, it uses a MultiGrid

results for the overall pump performance accelerated Incomplete Lower Upper

characteristics. At the impeller leading and factorization technique for solving the discrete

trailing edges, near the blade surface and in the system of linearized equations.

volute casing, fine meshes were applied. A fine

mesh on the blade surface captures flow 3. Results and Discussion

behavior more accurately and helps achieving

linear velocity distribution in the viscous The grid dependency of the numerical

sublayer. The RANS equations can be written in scheme was checked before carrying out CFD

tensor form as; analysis. The reference parameter for the grid

analysis was the pump head at the design

U i conditions. The pump head showed asymptotic

0

xi (9)

behavior with an increase of node numbers as

shown in Fig. 4. Once the number of nodes

reached a value of ~150,000, it affected the head

U i P 2U i generation insignificantly. The convergence

U j ( t ) (10)

x j xi x j x j x j criterion for the iterative solutions was a

maximum residual of 10-5. Several turbulence

closure models are available and their suitability

Here, turbulent viscosity is modeled by the k-

depends upon CFD applications. Bradshaw

ε model (turbulence model) as;

(1966) reported that the turbulence selection

model depends upon: a) the physical nature of

k2

t C (11) the problem, b) the quality of attained results

and c) the computing power. In spite of this, the

traditional RANS analysis with k-ε or k-ω is

The equations for turbulent kinetic energy widely used and satisfactory results are

and dissipation rate can be written as; obtained. Two turbulence closure models,

namely k-ε and SST, were compared for their

k t k performances at design point under similar

U j Pk (12)

conditions in this problem. Experimental results

x j x j k x j

produced 5.05 m head at the best efficiency

t (13) point. The head produced by using k-ε and SST

U j (C 1Pk C 2 )

x j x j x j k turbulence models are 5.42 and 5.95m,

respectively (Fig. 5). The k-ε with scalable wall

Here, function produced the least error (6.8%) and

was chosen for further analysis.

The computations were carried out at several

U i U j U i

Pk t flow rates ie. at design and off-design conditions

x xi x

j j

(14) of water and crude oil, gave reasonably accurate

results as compared to the experimental ones.

The values of the closing constants are At the design and off-design points, the

Cμ=0.09, Cε1=1.44, Cε2=1.92, σk=1.0 and σε=1.3. calculated heads were overestimated by 6.8%

The k-ε turbulence closure model uses the and 4.8% as compared to those of the

scalable wall-function to improve the robustness experimental results, respectively. Qualitati-

and accuracy. The scalable wall function allows vely, the present results satisfy the accuracy

solution on arbitrarily fine near wall grids, level as reported in the literature (Gupta et al.

which is a significant improvement over 2011; Patel and Ramakrishnan 2006), and the

standard wall functions (ANSYS Solver Theory discrepancies reported by (Gulich 2010). Both

2010; Husain et al. 2013). It allows consistent experiments and simulations were performed

mesh refinement and remains accurate for a with several flow rates at 1340 rpm. Oil

fairly wide range of y+ values. The solver industries handle different fluids with varying

employs a Multigrid approach which solves the viscosities. In the present investigation, two

fluids, namely, water and crude oil, which have

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Figure 4. Grid test typically for RANS analysis using k- turbulence model.

(a)

(b)

Figure 6. Comparison of (a) pump head and (b) efficiency, against flow rate obtained from CFD and

experiments for water (Wa) and crude oil (CO) as working fluids.

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the crude oil then the water. The decrease in the which consequently increases the pump head.

efficiency and head was caused by the high Also, impeller outlet velocity was increased and

viscosity, which gives high disc friction losses the velocity distribution became smoother with

over the impeller shroud and hub as obvious an increase in Z and converted into high-

from Eq. (4). These results in Fig. 6 are in good pressure energy through impeller-volute. The

agreement with the available literature of effective area of interest at impeller-volute

Gulich (2010) and Li (2000) which represents intersection became more obvious which

variation in efficiency (η) and head with flow improved the discharge capability of the pump

rate. and consequently higher head was generated.

The pump shows the maximum efficiency (η) With the increase in Z, the flow within the

at the design-point, at which hydraulic losses, impeller becomes more uniform and reduces the

profile losses, and the secondary losses are hydraulic losses due to mixing fluid particles.

minimum. On the contrary, at all other points The uniform flow suppresses jet growth and

(off-design points) shock losses and secondary wake phenomena. In addition, smooth pressure

losses increase, resulting into higher hydraulic and velocity distribution were observed near

losses and decrease in hydraulic efficiency, the impeller exit and volute inlet as shown in

which consequently results in a decrease in Fig. 9 and 10. Hence, the pump efficiency was

overall efficiency. At the low flow rates, reverse increased.

flow and inlet recirculation are prominent and The impeller with large β resulted in an

they increase with a further reduction in flow increase of head generation. It is due to increase

rate. The results for water as working fluid in absolute flow velocity at exit (c2) and

showed higher values of head and efficiency corresponding peripheral velocity (cu2) ie.

than that of crude oil (Fig. 6). dynamic part of the head. Eq. (2) clearly,

The flow characteristics of crude oil as a fluid indicates the impact of the two design

medium were investigated in detail through parameters cm/u2 and β2 on the head. An

velocity, vorticity and pressure distribution on increase in β2 reduced the cm/u2 and as a result,

several x-y planes. Fig. 7 shows vorticity the manometric head increased. Additionally,

distribution on x-y planes in the axial direction the influence of slip factor has to be considered.

(z-direction) in the middle of the impeller at z = Slip factor value decreases with an increase in

30mm. In general, higher vorticity distributions exit blade angle and partly curtails the effect of

are present near the inner and outer rings of the β (Bacharoudis et al. 2008). As a total effect, any

impeller, though smaller Z exhibited higher increase in β results in an increase of head

vorticity towards outer rings. With the increase generation. The change in slip factor value

of Z higher vorticity regions were developed affects the shape of the H-Q curve and more

near the inner ring due to the increasing significantly for β greater than 25o (Bacharoudis

boundary layer effects. An increase in β reduced et al. 2008). It is evident from Eq. (3) that the

the vorticity distribution near the inner ring as higher Z facilitates an increase in slip factor and

shown in Fig. 8. consequently head augmentation. The hydraulic

Higher fluid velocity regions appeared losses at design point differ by a small amount

towards the impeller outer ring because of the from off-design conditions; a measure of

higher radial distance as shown in Fig. 9. The hydraulic efficiency is directly linked with

velocity increases suddenly as the fluid moves hydraulic losses. The overall efficiency

into the volute casing. While moving into the decreases due to a decrease of hydraulic

volute casing, the kinetic energy changed into efficiency. Moreover, the pump brake

pressure energy, which consequently increased horsepower increases due to the augmentation

static pressure of the fluid as shown in Fig. 10. in β and Z. This is due to the increase in the

Figure 11 represents the CFD characteristics requested shaft torque associated with the

of the pump head and efficiency with the increased β (Djerroud et al. 2011).

change of Z and β at the designed flow rate. It is

clearly reflected that the pump head decreased Table 3. Properties of water and crude oil.

with increasing volume flow rate due to a Viscosity Density

Fluid

decrease in liquid pressure drop. In addition, [N.s/m2] [kg/m3]

the pump head increased with increasing Z. Water 0.001 997

This can be explained by the fact that when the

volume flow rate was kept constant, an increase Crude-oil 0.0025 823

in Z leads to decrease in liquid pressure drop,

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(a) (b)

(c) (d)

Figure 7. Vorticity distribution in z-direction on x-y plane at z = 30 mm from inlet for exit blade angle

β = 50o and number of blades (a) Z = 4, (b) Z = 6, (c) Z = 8 and (d) Z = 10 for pumping crude

oil.

(a) (b)

(c) (d)

Fig.ure 8. Vorticity distribution in z-direction on x-y plane at z = 30 mm from inlet for number of

blades Z= 8 and exit blade angle (a) β = 20o, (b) β = 30o, (c) β = 40o and (d) β = 50o for

pumping crude oil.

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(a) (b)

(c) (d)

Figure 9. Velocity distribution in z-direction on x-y plane at z = 50 mm from inlet for exit blade angle

β = 50o and number of blades (a) Z = 4, (b) Z = 6, (c) Z = 8 and (d) Z = 10 for pumping crude

oil.

(a) (b)

(c) (d)

Figure 10. Pressure distribution on x-y plane at z = 50 mm from inlet for exit blade angle β = 50o and

number of blades (a) Z = 4, (b) Z = 6, (c) Z = 8 and (d) Z = 10 for pumping crude oil.

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The effect of β on the pump performance which results in a fall of fluid pressure loss and

used for crude oil was explored through CFD consequently the head is augmented. It is

for the change of flow rate as shown in Fig. 12. observed that any increase in β has a substantial

Once the Z (which is 8) was frozen, the β was influence on the hydraulic efficiency, which

altered from 30°-50°. Similar trends were increased continuously until the design point is

observed in which an increase in β has reached. At the off-design point, an increase in β

augmented the head generation significantly. does not increase much of the hydraulic

Any increase in β always leads to broader outlet efficiency, instead, decreases due to several

cross sections (Li 2011; Djerroud et al. 2011) losses (Srinivasan 2008).

(a) (b)

(c)

Figure 11. CFD results on the effects of number of blades and exit blade angle on the pump

performance for crude oil at design point flow rate: (a) Head vs z, (b) Efficiency vs z and

(c) Efficiency vs head.

Figure 12. CFD characteristic of head and efficiency with a change of flow rate for crude oil.

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the facilities received from Gas Hydrate and

The centrifugal pump performance Flow Assurance Lab in the Department of

investigation and optimization has been carried Ocean Egineering- IIT Madras to determine the

out for water and crude oil as working fluids at properties of crude oil. Also, the authors

the design and off-design flow rates by acknowledge the support of Sultan Qaboos

experimental and numerical analysis University for conducting this research.

techniques. Several combinations of exit blade-

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