Unformatted text preview: Wind-energy generator farm, Altamont Pass, California. Windmills have been used for power for
more than two thousand years. These multi-bladed
horizontal-axis wind turbines (HAWT’s) are
among the most efficient of windpower designs, as
discussed in this chapter. (Courtesy of Kevin
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Turbomachinery Motivation. The most common practical engineering application for fluid mechanics
is the design of fluid machinery. The most numerous types are machines which add
energy to the fluid (the pump family), but also important are those which extract energy (turbines). Both types are usually connected to a rotating shaft, hence the name
The purpose of this chapter is to make elementary engineering estimates of the performance of fluid machines. The emphasis will be upon nearly incompressible flow,
i.e., liquids or low-velocity gases. Basic flow principles are discussed, but not the detailed construction of the machine. 11.1 Introduction and
Classification Turbomachines divide naturally into those which add energy (pumps) and those which
extract energy (turbines). The prefix turbo- is a Latin word meaning “spin’’ or “whirl,’’
appropriate for rotating devices.
The pump is the oldest fluid-energy-transfer device known. At least two designs
date before Christ: (1) the undershot-bucket waterwheels, or norias, used in Asia and
Africa (1000 B.C.) and (2) Archimedes’ screw pump (250 B.C.), still being manufactured today to handle solid-liquid mixtures. Paddlewheel turbines were used by the Romans in 70 B.C., and Babylonian windmills date back to 700 B.C. .
Machines which deliver liquids are simply called pumps, but if gases are involved,
three different terms are in use, depending upon the pressure rise achieved. If the pressure rise is very small (a few inches of water), a gas pump is called a fan; up to 1 atm,
it is usually called a blower; and above 1 atm it is commonly termed a compressor. Classification of Pumps There are two basic types of pumps: positive-displacement and dynamic or momentumchange pumps. There are several billion of each type in use in the world today.
Positive-displacement pumps (PDPs) force the fluid along by volume changes. A
cavity opens, and the fluid is admitted through an inlet. The cavity then closes, and the
fluid is squeezed through an outlet. The mammalian heart is a good example, and many
mechanical designs are in wide use. The text by Warring  gives an excellent summary of PDPs. A brief classification of PDP designs is as follows: | v v 711 | e-Text Main Menu | Textbook Table of Contents | Study Guide Chapter 11 Turbomachinery A. Reciprocating
1. Piston or plunger
1. Single rotor
a. Sliding vane
b. Flexible tube or lining
d. Peristaltic (wave contraction)
2. Multiple rotors
d. Circumferential piston
All PDPs deliver a pulsating or periodic flow as the cavity volume opens, traps, and
squeezes the fluid. Their great advantage is the delivery of any fluid regardless of its
Figure 11.1 shows schematics of the operating principles of seven of these PDPs.
It is rare for such devices to be run backward, so to speak, as turbines or energy extractors, the steam engine (reciprocating piston) being a classic exception.
Since PDPs compress mechanically against a cavity filled with liquid, a common
feature is that they develop immense pressures if the outlet is shut down for any reason. Sturdy construction is required, and complete shutoff would cause damage if pressure-relief valves were not used.
Dynamic pumps simply add momentum to the fluid by means of fast-moving blades
or vanes or certain special designs. There is no closed volume: The fluid increases momentum while moving through open passages and then converts its high velocity to a
pressure increase by exiting into a diffuser section. Dynamic pumps can be classified
1. Centrifugal or radial exit flow
2. Axial flow
3. Mixed flow (between radial and axial)
B. Special designs
1. Jet pump or ejector (see Fig. P3.36)
2. Electromagnetic pumps for liquid metals
3. Fluid-actuated: gas-lift or hydraulic-ram
We shall concentrate in this chapter on the rotary designs, sometimes called rotodynamic pumps. Other designs of both PDP and dynamic pumps are discussed in specialized texts [for example, 11, 14, 31].
Dynamic pumps generally provide a higher flow rate than PDPs and a much steadier discharge but are ineffective in handling high-viscosity liquids. Dynamic pumps
also generally need priming; i.e., if they are filled with gas, they cannot suck up a liquid from below into their inlet. The PDP, on the other hand, is self-priming for most | v v 712 | e-Text Main Menu | Textbook Table of Contents | Study Guide 713 Motion 11.1 Introduction and Classification Plunger
valve Discharge Discharge
(a) (b) (c) Fig. 11.1 Schematic design of positive-displacement pumps: (a) reciprocating piston or plunger, (b) external gear pump, (c) double-screw
pump, (d) sliding vane, (e) threelobe pump, ( f ) double circumferential piston, (g) flexible-tube
squeegee. (e) (d) (f) ( g) | v v applications. A dynamic pump can provide very high flow rates (up to 300,000 gal/min)
but usually with moderate pressure rises (a few atmospheres). In contrast, a PDP can
operate up to very high pressures (300 atm) but typically produces low flow rates (100
The relative performance ( p versus Q) is quite different for the two types of pump,
as shown in Fig. 11.2. At constant shaft rotation speed, the PDP produces nearly con- | e-Text Main Menu | Textbook Table of Contents | Study Guide 714 Chapter 11 Turbomachinery Low µ
increase Fig. 11.2 Comparison of performance curves of typical dynamic
and positive-displacement pumps at
constant speed. Positive
High µ Dynamic pump
High µ 0 Discharge stant flow rate and virtually unlimited pressure rise, with little effect of viscosity. The
flow rate of a PDP cannot be varied except by changing the displacement or the speed.
The reliable constant-speed discharge from PDPs has led to their wide use in metering flows .
The dynamic pump, by contrast in Fig. 11.2, provides a continuous constant-speed
variation of performance, from near-maximum p at zero flow (shutoff conditions) to
zero p at maximum flow rate. High-viscosity fluids sharply degrade the performance
of a dynamic pump.
As usual — and for the last time in this text — we remind the reader that this is merely
an introductory chapter. Many books are devoted solely to turbomachines: generalized
treatments [2 to 7], texts specializing in pumps [8 to 16], fans [17 to 20], compressors
[21 to 23], turbines [24 to 28], and PDPs [35 to 38]. There are several useful handbooks
[29 to 32], and at least two elementary textbooks [33, 34] have a comprehensive discussion of turbomachines. The reader is referred to these sources for further details. 11.2 The Centrifugal Pump Let us begin our brief look at rotodynamic machines by examining the characteristics
of the centrifugal pump. As sketched in Fig. 11.3, this pump consists of an impeller
rotating within a casing. Fluid enters axially through the eye of the casing, is caught 2 Casing 1 Impeller
area scroll | v v Fig. 11.3 Cutaway schematic of a
typical centrifugal pump. | e-Text Main Menu | Textbook Table of Contents | Study Guide 11.2 The Centrifugal Pump 715 up in the impeller blades, and is whirled tangentially and radially outward until it leaves
through all circumferential parts of the impeller into the diffuser part of the casing. The
fluid gains both velocity and pressure while passing through the impeller. The doughnut-shaped diffuser, or scroll, section of the casing decelerates the flow and further increases the pressure.
The impeller blades are usually backward-curved, as in Fig. 11.3, but there are also
radial and forward-curved blade designs, which slightly change the output pressure.
The blades may be open, i.e., separated from the front casing only by a narrow clearance, or closed, i.e., shrouded from the casing on both sides by an impeller wall. The
diffuser may be vaneless, as in Fig. 11.3, or fitted with fixed vanes to help guide the
flow toward the exit. Basic Output Parameters Assuming steady flow, the pump basically increases the Bernoulli head of the flow between point 1, the eye, and point 2, the exit. From Eq. (3.67), neglecting viscous work
and heat transfer, this change is denoted by H:
2 z hs hf (11.1) 1 where hs is the pump head supplied and hf the losses. The net head H is a primary output parameter for any turbomachine. Since Eq. (11.1) is for incompressible flow, it
must be modified for gas compressors with large density changes.
Usually V2 and V1 are about the same, z2 z1 is no more than a meter or so, and
the net pump head is essentially equal to the change in pressure head
g p1 p2
g (11.2) The power delivered to the fluid simply equals the specific weight times the discharge
times the net head change
Pw gQH (11.3) This is traditionally called the water horsepower. The power required to drive the pump
is the brake horsepower1
bhp T (11.4) where is the shaft angular velocity and T the shaft torque. If there were no losses,
Pw and brake horsepower would be equal, but of course Pw is actually less, and the efficiency of the pump is defined as
T The chief aim of the pump designer is to make
range of discharge Q as possible. | v v 1 | Conversion factors may be needed: 1 hp e-Text Main Menu | as high as possible over as broad a 550 ft lbf/s Textbook Table of Contents (11.5) | 746 W. Study Guide 716 Chapter 11 Turbomachinery The efficiency is basically composed of three parts: volumetric, hydraulic, and mechanical. The volumetric efficiency is
Q (11.6) QL where QL is the loss of fluid due to leakage in the impeller-casing clearances. The hydraulic efficiency is
h 1 hf
hs (11.7) where hf has three parts: (1) shock loss at the eye due to imperfect match between inlet flow and the blade entrances, (2) friction losses in the blade passages, and (3) circulation loss due to imperfect match at the exit side of the blades.
Finally, the mechanical efficiency is
m 1 Pf
bhp (11.8) where Pf is the power loss due to mechanical friction in the bearings, packing glands,
and other contact points in the machine.
By definition, the total efficiency is simply the product of its three parts
(11.9) hm The designer has to work in all three areas to improve the pump. Elementary Pump Theory You may have thought that Eqs. (11.1) to (11.9) were formulas from pump theory. Not so;
they are merely definitions of performance parameters and cannot be used in any predictive mode. To actually predict the head, power, efficiency, and flow rate of a pump, two
theoretical approaches are possible: (1) simple one-dimensional-flow formulas and (2) complex digital-computer models which account for viscosity and three-dimensionality. Many
of the best design improvements still come from testing and experience, and pump research
remains a very active field . The last 10 years have seen considerable advances in computational fluid-dynamics (CFD) modeling of flow in turbomachines , and at least eight
commercial turbulent-flow three-dimensional CFD codes are now available.
To construct an elementary theory of pump performance, we assume one-dimensional flow and combine idealized fluid-velocity vectors through the impeller with the
angular-momentum theorem for a control volume, Eq. (3.55).
The idealized velocity diagrams are shown in Fig. 11.4. The fluid is assumed to enter the impeller at r r1 with velocity component w1 tangent to the blade angle 1
plus circumferential speed u1
r1 matching the tip speed of the impeller. Its absolute
entrance velocity is thus the vector sum of w1 and u1, shown as V1. Similarly, the flow
exits at r r2 with component w2 parallel to the blade angle 2 plus tip speed u2
r2, with resultant velocity V2.
We applied the angular-momentum theorem to a turbomachine in Example 3.14
(Fig. 3.13) and arrived at a result for the applied torque T | v v T | e-Text Main Menu | Q(r2Vt2 r1Vt1) Textbook Table of Contents (11.10) | Study Guide 11.2 The Centrifugal Pump 717
V2 u 2 = ω r2
Vt 2 2 α
w2 β2 w1
Blade V1 β1 α 1 Vn1 r2 u 1 = ω r1 Vt 1
r1 Fig. 11.4 Inlet and exit velocity
diagrams for an idealized pump
impeller. Impeller ω where Vt1 and Vt2 are the absolute circumferential velocity components of the flow.
The power delivered to the fluid is thus
T Q(u2Vt2 u1Vt1) Pw
g u1Vt1) Pw
or H (11.11) These are the Euler turbomachine equations, showing that the torque, power, and ideal
head are functions only of the rotor-tip velocities u1,2 and the absolute fluid tangential
velocities Vt1,2, independent of the axial velocities (if any) through the machine.
Additional insight is gained by rewriting these relations in another form. From the
geometry of Fig. 11.4
V2 u2 w2 or 2uw cos uVt 1
2 w cos (V 2 u2 u Vt w 2) (11.12) Substituting this into Eq. (11.11) gives
2g V 2)
1 (u 2
u 1) (w 2
2 w 2)]
1 (11.13) Thus the ideal head relates to the absolute plus the relative kinetic-energy change of
the fluid minus the rotor-tip kinetic-energy change. Finally, substituting for H from its
definition in Eq. (11.1) and rearranging, we obtain the classic relation
g z w2
2g r2 2
2g const (11.14) | v v This is the Bernoulli equation in rotating coordinates and applies to either two- or
three-dimensional ideal incompressible flow. | e-Text Main Menu | Textbook Table of Contents | Study Guide 718 Chapter 11 Turbomachinery For a centrifugal pump, the power can be related to the radial velocity Vn
Vt tan and the continuity relation
Pw Q(u2Vn2 cot u1Vn1 cot 2 1) (11.15) where
2 r2b2 Vn2 and Vn1 Q
2 r1b1 and where b1 and b2 are the blade widths at inlet and exit. With the pump parameters
r1, r2, 1, 2, and known, Eqs. (11.11) or Eq. (11.15) is used to compute idealized
power and head versus discharge. The “design’’ flow rate Q* is commonly estimated
by assuming that the flow enters exactly normal to the impeller
1 90° Vn1 V1 (11.16) We can expect this simple analysis to yield estimates within 25 percent for the head,
water horsepower, and discharge of a pump. Let us illustrate with an example. EXAMPLE 11.1
Given are the following data for a commercial centrifugal water pump: r1 4 in, r2 7 in, 1
30°, 2 20°, speed 1440 r/min. Estimate (a) the design-point discharge, (b) the water
horsepower, and (c) the head if b1 b2 1.75 in. Solution
Part (a) The angular velocity is
2 r/s 2 (1440/60) 150.8 rad/s. Thus the tip speeds are u1
r1 150.8(4/12) 50.3 ft/s and u2
r2 150.8(7/12) 88.0 ft/s. From the inlet-velocity
diagram, Fig. E11.1a, with 1 90° for design point, we compute
90° u1 tan 30° 29.0 ft/s whence the discharge is 30°
u1 = 50.3 ft/s Q 2 r1b1Vn1 (2 ) E11.1a 4
12 (8.87 ft3/s)(60 s/min) 1.75
231 3980 gal/min Ans. (a) (The actual pump produces about 3500 gal/min.) Part (b) The outlet radial velocity follows from Q
Vn2 V2 α2 16.6
ft /s Q
2 r2b2 8.87
2 ( 172 )(1.75/12) This enables us to construct the outlet-velocity diagram as in Fig. E11.1b, given
tangential component is 20° Vt2 u2 Vn2 cot 2 88.0 88.0 ft /s
2 v v E11.1b | 16.6 ft/s | e-Text Main Menu | tan 1 16.6
42.4 16.6 cot 20° 2 42.4 ft/s 21.4° Textbook Table of Contents | Study Guide 20°. The 11.2 The Centrifugal Pump 719
The power is then computed from Eq. (11.11) with Vt1
Pw Qu2Vt2 0 at the design point (1.94 slugs/ft3)(8.87 ft3/s)(88.0 ft/s)(42.4 ft/s) 64,100 ft lbf/s
550 117 hp Ans. (b) (The actual pump delivers about 125 water horsepower, requiring 147 bhp at 85 percent efficiency.) Part (c) Finally, the head is estimated from Eq. (11.11)
H 64,100 ft lbf/s
(62.4 lbf/ft3)(8.87 ft3/s) Pw
gQ 116 ft Ans. (c) (The actual pump develops about 140-ft head.) Improved methods for obtaining closer estimates
are given in advanced references [for example, 6, 8, and 31]. Effect of Blade Angle on Pump
Head The simple theory above can be used to predict an important blade-angle effect. If we
neglect inlet angular momentum, the theoretical water horsepower is
where Vt2 u2 Vn2 cot Qu2Vt2 (11.17) Vn2 2 Q
2 r2b2 Then the theoretical head from Eq. (11.11) becomes
g u2 cot 2
2 r2b2g (11.18) The head varies linearly with discharge Q, having a shutoff value u 2/g, where u2 is the
exit blade-tip speed. The slope is negative if 2 90° (backward-curved blades) and
positive for 2 90° (forward-curved blades). This effect is shown in Fig. 11.5 and is
accurate only at low flow rates. Unstable: Can cause pump surge β 2 > 90° (Forward-curved) β 2 = 90° (Radial blades)
H β 2 < 90° (Backward-curved) | v v Fig. 11.5 Theoretical effect of
blade exit angle on pump head
versus discharge. | e-Text Main Menu Discharge Q | Textbook Table of Contents | Study Guide 720 Chapter 11 Turbomachinery The measured shutoff head of centrifugal pumps is only about 60 percent of the the22
oretical value H0
r 2 /g. With the advent of the laser-doppler anemometer, researchers can now make detailed three-dimensional flow measurements inside pumps
and can even animate the data into a movie .
The positive-slope condition in Fig. 11.5 can be unstable and can cause pump surge,
an oscillatory condition where the pump “hunts’’ for the proper operating point. Surge
may cause only rough operation in a liquid pump, but it can be a major problem in gascompressor operation. For this reason a backward-curved or radial blade design is generally preferred. A survey of the problem of pump stability is given by Greitzer . 11.3 Pump Performance
Curves and Similarity Rules Since the theory of the previous section is rather qualitative, the only solid indicator
of a pump’s performance lies in extensive testing. For the moment let us discuss the
centrifugal pump in particular. The general principles and the presentation of data are
exactly the same for mixed-flow and axial-flow pumps and compressors.
Performance charts are almost always plotted for constant shaft-rotation speed n
(in r/min usually). The basic independent variable is taken to be discharge Q (in
gal/min usually for liquids and ft3/min for gases). The dependent variables, or “output,’’ are taken to be head H (pressure rise p for gases), brake horsepower (bhp),
and efficiency .
Figure 11.6 shows typical performance curves for a centrifugal pump. The head is
approximately constant at low discharge and then drops to zero at Q Qmax. At this
speed and impeller size, the pump cannot deliver any more fluid than Qmax. The positive-slope part of the head is shown dashed; as mentioned earlier, this region can be
unstable and can cause hunting for the operating point. Positive slope may be
unstable for certain
system loss curves Best efficiency point
(BEP) or design point Head Effect of cavitation
or gas entrainment
on liquid heads Horsepower Efficiency | v v Fig. 11.6 Typical centrifugal pump
performance curves at constant impeller-rotation speed. The units are
0 | Q*
Flow rate Q e-Text Main Menu | Qmax Textbook Table of Contents | Study Guide 11.3 Pump Performance Curves and Similarity Rules 721 The efficiency is always zero at no flow and at Qmax, and it reaches a maximum,
perhaps 80 to 90 percent, at about 0.6Qmax. This is the design flow rate Q* or best efficiency point (BEP),
max. The head and horsepower at BEP will be termed H*
and P* (or bhp*), respectively. It is desirable that the efficiency curve be flat near max,
so that a wide range of efficient operation is achieved. However, some designs simply
do not achieve flat efficiency curves. Note that is not independent of H and P but
rather is calculated from the relation in Eq. (11.5),
As shown in Fig. 11.6, the horsepower required to drive the pump typically rises
monotonically with the flow rate. Sometimes there is a large power rise beyond the
BEP, especially for radial-tipped and forward-curved blades. This is considered undesirable because a much larger motor is then needed to provide high flow rates. Backward-curved blades typically have their horsepower level off above BEP (“nonoverloading’’ type of curve). Measured Performance Curves Figure 11.7 shows actual performance data for a commercial centrifugal pump. Figure
11.7a is for a basic casing size with three different impeller diameters. The head curves
H(Q) are shown, but the horsepower and efficiency curves have to be inferred from the
contour plots. Maximum discharges are not shown, being far outside the normal operating range near the BEP. Everything is plotted raw, of course [feet, horsepower, gallons per minute (1 U.S. gal 231 in3)] since it is to be used directly by designers. Figure 11.7b is the same pump design with a 20 percent larger casing, a lower speed, and
three larger impeller diameters. Comparing the two pumps may be a little confusing:
The larger pump produces exactly the same discharge but only half the horsepower and
half the head. This will be readily understood from the scaling or similarity laws we
are about to formulate.
A point often overlooked is that raw curves like Fig. 11.7 are strictly applicable to
a fluid of a certain density and viscosity, in this case water. If the pump were used to
deliver, say, mercury, the brake horsepower would be about 13 times higher while Q,
H, and would be about the same. But in that case H should be interpreted as feet of
mercury, not feet of water. If the pump were used for SAE 30 oil, all data would change
(brake horsepower, Q, H, and ) due to the large change in viscosity (Reynolds number). Again this should become clear with the similarity rules. Net Positive-Suction Head In the top of Fig. 11.7 is plotted the net positive-suction head (NPSH), which is the
head required at the pump inlet to keep the liquid from cavitating or boiling. The pump
inlet or suction side is the low-pressure point where cavitation will first occur. The
NPSH is defined as
g (11.19) | v v where pi and Vi are the pressure and velocity at the pump inlet and p is the vapor pressure of the liquid. Given the left-hand side, NPSH, from the pump performance curve,
we must ensure that the right-hand side is equal or greater in the actual system to avoid
cavitation. | e-Text Main Menu | Textbook Table of Contents | Study Guide Chapter 11 Turbomachinery n = 1170 r/min 32-in dia. 500 NPSH, ft 20 85% 600 30 87
% 78% 82% 36 3 -in dia.
4 40 NPSH 87
% Total head, ft 700 50 72% 800 65% 722 35 00 30 400 00 25 28-in dia. 00 300 00 p p bh p 20 00 15 bh bh bh bh p p 200
0 4 8 12 16 20 24 28 U.S. gallons per minute × 1000
n = 710 r/min 25 38-in dia. 250 10 88
% 86% 84% 15 %
% 300 dia. 20 89 Total head, ft 350 72%
80% 41 1 -in
2 60% NPSH 35-in dia. %
00 200 Fig. 11.7 Measured-performance
curves for two models of a centrifugal water pump: (a) basic casing with three impeller sizes; (b) 20
percent larger casing with three
larger impellers at slower speed.
(Courtesy of Ingersoll-Rand Corporation, Cameron Pump Division.) NPSH, ft 400 12 50 10 150 00 % bh
p bh p bh p 100
0 4 8 12 16 20 24 28 U.S. gallons per minute × 1000
(b) If the pump inlet is placed at a height Zi above a reservoir whose free surface is at
pressure pa, we can use Bernoulli’s equation to rewrite NPSH as
g | v v where hf i is the friction-head loss between the reservoir and the pump inlet. Knowing
pa and hf i, we can set the pump at a height Zi which will keep the right-hand side
greater than the “required’’ NPSH plotted in Fig. 11.7. | e-Text Main Menu | Textbook Table of Contents | Study Guide 11.3 Pump Performance Curves and Similarity Rules 723 If cavitation does occur, there will be pump noise and vibration, pitting damage to the
impeller, and a sharp dropoff in pump head and discharge. In some liquids this deterioration starts before actual boiling, as dissolved gases and light hydrocarbons are liberated. Deviations from Ideal Pump
Theory The actual pump head data in Fig. 11.7 differ considerably from ideal theory, Eq.
(11.18). Take, e.g., the 36.75-in-diameter pump at 1170 r/min in Fig. 11.7a. The theoretical shutoff head is
r2 g [1170(2 /60) rad/s]2[(36.75/2)/(12) ft]2
32.2 ft/s2 1093 ft From Fig. 11.7a, at Q 0, we read the actual shutoff head to be only 670 ft, or 61
percent of the theoretical value. This is a sharp dropoff and is indicative of nonrecoverable losses of three types:
1. Impeller recirculation loss, significant only at low flow rates
2. Friction losses on the blade and passage surfaces, which increase monotonically
with the flow rate
3. “Shock’’ loss due to mismatch between the blade angles and the inlet flow direction, especially significant at high flow rates
These are complicated three-dimensional-flow effects and hence are difficult to predict. Although, as mentioned, numerical (CFD) techniques are becoming more important , modern performance prediction is still a blend of experience, empirical correlations, idealized theory, and CFD modifications .
The 32-in pump of Fig. 11.7a is to pump 24,000 gal/min of water at 1170 r/min from a reservoir whose surface is at 14.7 lbf/in2 absolute. If head loss from reservoir to pump inlet is 6 ft,
where should the pump inlet be placed to avoid cavitation for water at (a) 60°F, p
absolute, SG 1.0 and (b) 200°F, p
11.52 lbf/in absolute, SG 0.9635? Solution
Part (a) For either case read from Fig. 11.7a at 24,000 gal/min that the required NPSH is 40 ft. For this
case g 62.4 lbf/ft3. From Eq. (11.20) it is necessary that
or (14.7 40 ft or pa Zi 27.3 p Zi g 0.26)(144)
40 hf i
Zi 6.0 12.7 ft Ans. (a) The pump must be placed at least 12.7 ft below the reservoir surface to avoid cavitation. Part (b) For this case
higher p g 62.4(0.9635) | v v 40 ft | e-Text Main Menu | 60.1 lbf/ft3. Equation (11.20) applies again with the
60.1 Textbook Table of Contents | Zi 6.0 Study Guide 724 Chapter 11 Turbomachinery or Zi 1.6 40 38.4 ft Ans. (b) The pump must now be placed at least 38.4 ft below the reservoir surface. These are unusually
stringent conditions because a large, high-discharge pump requires a large NPSH. For a given pump design, the output variables H and brake horsepower should be dependent upon discharge Q, impeller diameter D, and shaft speed n, at least. Other possible parameters are the fluid density , viscosity , and surface roughness . Thus the
performance curves in Fig. 11.7 are equivalent to the following assumed functional relations:2 Dimensionless Pump Performance gH f1(Q, D, n, , , ) bhp f2(Q, D, n, , , ) (11.21) This is a straightforward application of dimensional-analysis principles from Chap. 5.
As a matter of fact, it was given as an exercise (Prob. 5.20). For each function in Eq.
(11.21) there are seven variables and three primary dimensions (M, L, and T); hence
we expect 7 3 4 dimensionless pis, and that is what we get. You can verify as an
exercise that appropriate dimensionless forms for Eqs. (11.21) are
n2D2 g1 nD2
n3D5 g2 nD2
nD (11.22) The quantities nD2/ and /D are recognized as the Reynolds number and roughness
ratio, respectively. Three new pump parameters have arisen:
Capacity coefficient CQ
Head coefficient CH Q
n2D2 Power coefficient CP (11.23) bhp
n3D5 Note that only the power coefficient contains fluid density, the parameters CQ and CH
being kinematic types.
Figure 11.7 gives no warning of viscous or roughness effects. The Reynolds numbers are from 0.8 to 1.5 107, or fully turbulent flow in all passages probably. The
roughness is not given and varies greatly among commercial pumps. But at such high
Reynolds numbers we expect more or less the same percentage effect on all these
pumps. Therefore it is common to assume that the Reynolds number and the roughness ratio have a constant effect, so that Eqs. (11.23) reduce to, approximately,
CH | v v 2 | CH(CQ) CP CP(CQ) (11.24) We adopt gH as a variable instead of H for dimensional reasons. e-Text Main Menu | Textbook Table of Contents | Study Guide 11.3 Pump Performance Curves and Similarity Rules 725 For geometrically similar pumps, we expect head and power coefficients to be (nearly)
unique functions of the capacity coefficient. We have to watch out that the pumps are
geometrically similar or nearly so because (1) manufacturers put different-sized impellers in the same casing, thus violating geometric similarity, and (2) large pumps have
smaller ratios of roughness and clearances to impeller diameter than small pumps. In
addition, the more viscous liquids will have significant Reynolds-number effects; e.g.,
a factor-of-3 or more viscosity increase causes a clearly visible effect on CH and CP.
The efficiency is already dimensionless and is uniquely related to the other three.
It varies with CQ also
CP (CQ) (11.25) We can test Eqs. (11.24) and (11.25) from the data of Fig. 11.7. The impeller diameters of 32 and 38 in are approximately 20 percent different in size, and so their ratio
of impeller to casing size is the same. The parameters CQ, CH, and CP are computed
with n in r/s, Q in ft3/s (gal/min 2.23 10 3), H and D in ft, g 32.2 ft/s2, and
brake horsepower in horsepower times 550 ft lbf/(s hp). The nondimensional data
are then plotted in Fig. 11.8. A dimensionless suction-head coefficient is also defined
n2D2 CHS(CQ) 1.0 η 0.9
D = 38 in
D = 32 in 7 0.7
CH 5 CH 4
2 | v v Fig. 11.8 Nondimensional plot of
the pump performance data from
Fig. 11.7. These numbers are not
representative of other pump designs. | 0.8 CP 0.7 C
0.6 1 0.5 CHS CHS 0
0 e-Text Main Menu 0.05 0.1 0.15 0.2 0.4
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more sensitive to slight discrepancies in model similarity; since the larger pump has
smaller roughness and clearance ratios and a 40 percent larger Reynolds number, it develops slightly more head and is more efficient. The overall effect is a resounding victory for dimensional analysis.
The best-efficiency point in Fig. 11.8 is approximately
CQ* 0.115 CH* max 5.0 CP* 0.65 CHS* 0.37 (11.27) 0.88: These values can be used to estimate the BEP performance of any size pump in this
geometrically similar family. In like manner, the shutoff head is CH(0) 6.0, and by
extrapolation the shutoff power is CP(0) 0.25 and the maximum discharge is
CQ,max 0.23. Note, however, that Fig. 11.8 gives no reliable information about, say,
the 28- or 35-in impellers in Fig. 11.7, which have a different impeller-to-casing-size
ratio and thus must be correlated separately.
By comparing values of n2D2, nD3, and n3D5 for two pumps in Fig. 11.7 we can
see readily why the large pump had the same discharge but less power and head: D, ft n, r/s Discharge
nD3, ft3/s Head
n2D2/g, ft Power
n3D5/550, hp 32/12
— Fig. 11.7a
0.53 Discharge goes as nD3, which is about the same for both pumps. Head goes as n2D2
and power as n3D5 for the same (water), and these are about half as much for the
larger pump. The NPSH goes as n2D2 and is also half as much for the 38-in pump. EXAMPLE 11.3
A pump from the family of Fig. 11.8 has D 21 in and n 1500 r/min. Estimate (a) discharge,
(b) head, (c) pressure rise, and (d) brake horsepower of this pump for water at 60°F and best efficiency. Solution
Part (a) In BG units take D 21/12 1.75 ft and n 1500/60 25 r/s. At 60°F, of water is 1.94
slugs/ft3. The BEP parameters are known from Fig. 11.8 or Eqs. (11.27). The BEP discharge is
Q* Part (b) CQ*nD3 v | 0.115(25)(1.75)3 (15.4 ft3/s)(448.8) 6900 gal/min Ans. (a) Similarly, the BEP head is
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p Part (d) 727 gH 18,600 lbf/ft2 1.94(32.2)(300) 129 lbf/in2 Ans. (c) Finally, the BEP power is
P* C P* n3D5 0.65(1.94)(25)3(1.75)5 323,000 ft lbf/s
550 590 hp Ans. (d) EXAMPLE 11.4
We want to build a pump from the family of Fig. 11.8, which delivers 3000 gal/min water at
1200 r/min at best efficiency. Estimate (a) the impeller diameter, (b) the maximum discharge,
(c) the shutoff head, and (d) the NPSH at best efficiency. Solution Part (a) 6.68 ft3/s 3000 gal/min and
Q* or Part (b) D (0.115)(20)D3 6.68 ft /s 6.68
0.115(20) 1/3 1.43 ft 17.1 in Ans. (a) Q*CQ,max
0.115 6000 gal/min Ans. (b) From Fig. 11.8 we estimated the shutoff head coefficient to be 6.0. Thus
H(0) Part (d) CQ*nD 20 r/s. At BEP we have 3 The maximum Q is related to Q* by a ratio of capacity coefficients
Qmax Part (c) 1200 r/min
32.2 152 ft Ans. (c) Finally, from Eq. (11.27), the NPSH at BEP is approximately
32.2 9.4 ft Ans. (d) Since this a small pump, it will be less efficient than the pumps in Fig. 11.8, probably about 85
percent maximum. Similarity Rules The success of Fig. 11.8 in correlating pump data leads to simple rules for comparing
pump performance. If pump 1 and pump 2 are from the same geometric family and
are operating at homologous points (the same dimensionless position on a chart such
as Fig. 11.8), their flow rates, heads, and powers will be related as follows: | v v Q2
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D1 3 5 (11.28) These are the similarity rules, which can be used to estimate the effect of changing the
fluid, speed, or size on any dynamic turbomachine — pump or turbine — within a geometrically similar family. A graphic display of these rules is given in Fig. 11.9, showing the effect of speed and diameter changes on pump performance. In Fig. 11.9a the
size is held constant and the speed is varied 20 percent, while Fig. 11.9b shows a 20
percent size change at constant speed. The curves are plotted to scale but with arbitrary
units. The speed effect (Fig. 11.9a) is substantial, but the size effect (Fig. 11.9b) is even
more dramatic, especially for power, which varies as D5. Generally we see that a given
pump family can be adjusted in size and speed to fit a variety of system characteristics.
Strictly speaking, we would expect for perfect similarity that 1
2, but we have
seen that larger pumps are more efficient, having a higher Reynolds number and lower
roughness and clearance ratios. Two empirical correlations are recommended for maximum efficiency. One, developed by Moody  for turbines but also used for pumps,
is a size effect. The other, suggested by Anderson  from thousands of pump tests,
is a flow-rate effect:
1 Size changes :
Flow-rate changes : D1
1 1/4 (11.29a) Q1
Q2 0.32 (11.29b) Anderson’s formula (11.29b) makes the practical observation that even an infinitely
large pump will have losses. He thus proposes a maximum possible efficiency of 94
percent, rather than 100 percent. Anderson recommends that the same formula be used n = 10 = constant D = 10 = constant H D = 12 n = 12
H, bhp H, bhp H bhp bhp n = 10 D = 10 | v v Fig. 11.9 Effect of changes in size
and speed on homologous pump
performance: (a) 20 percent change
in speed at constant size; (b) 20
percent change in size at constant
speed. D=8 n=8
(a) | Q
(b) e-Text Main Menu | Textbook Table of Contents | Study Guide 11.4 Mixed- and Axial-Flow Pumps: The Specific Speed 729 for turbines if the constant 0.94 is replaced by 0.95. The formulas in Eq. (11.29) assume the same value of surface roughness for both machines — one could micropolish
a small pump and achieve the efficiency of a larger machine. Effect of Viscosity Centrifugal pumps are often used to pump oils and other viscous liquids up to 1000
times the viscosity of water. But the Reynolds numbers become low turbulent or even
laminar, with a strong effect on performance. Figure 11.10 shows typical test curves
of head and brake horsepower versus discharge. High viscosity causes a dramatic drop
in head and discharge and increases in power requirements. The efficiency also drops
substantially according to the following typical results:
/ 1.0 max, % 10.0 100 1000 85 water 76 52 11 Beyond about 300 water the deterioration in performance is so great that a positivedisplacement pump is recommended. 11.4 Mixed- and Axial-Flow
Pumps: The Specific Speed We have seen from the previous section that the modern centrifugal pump is a formidable device, able to deliver very high heads and reasonable flow rates with excellent
efficiency. It can match many system requirements. But basically the centrifugal pump
is a high-head, low-flow machine, whereas there are many applications requiring low
head and high discharge. To see that the centrifugal design is not convenient for such
systems, consider the following example. EXAMPLE 11.5
We want to use a centrifugal pump from the family of Fig. 11.8 to deliver 100,000 gal/min of
water at 60°F with a head of 25 ft. What should be (a) the pump size and speed and (b) brake
horsepower, assuming operation at best efficiency? Solution
Part (a) Enter the known head and discharge into the BEP parameters from Eq. (11.27):
g H* 25 ft Q* 100,000 gal/min 5.0n2D2
222.8 ft3/s CQ*nD3 0.115nD3 The two unknowns are n and D. Solve simultaneously for D EES v v 1.03 r/s 62 r/min 5.0*n^2*D^2/32.2 222.8 | n Ans. (a) If you wish to avoid algebraic manipulation, simply program the above two simultaneous equations in EES, using English units:
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0.9 H η max Centrifugal
pump 0 15,000 Ns 10,000 5000 4000 0.6 bhp 2000 100 Axial
flow 0.7 1.0 H, bhp µ water
= 10.0 1000 10 3 Mixed
flow 0.8 500 10 4 µ r/min (gal/min)1/2/(H, ft)3/4 Q (a) Fig. 11.10 Effect of viscosity on centrifugal pump
performance. Specific speed
Low Fig. 11.11 (a) Optimum efficiency
and (b) vane design of dynamicpump families as a function of
specific speed. High Centrifugal
500 1000 Mixed-flow
2000 4000 propeller 5000 10,000–15,000 (b) Specify in Variable Information that n and D are positive, and EES promptly returns the correct
solution: D 12.36 ft and n 1.027 r/s. Part (b) The most efficient horsepower is then, from Eq. (11.27),
CP* n3D5 bhp* 0.65(1.94)(1.03)3(12.4)5
550 720 hp Ans. (b) | v v The solution to Example 11.5 is mathematically correct but results in a grotesque
pump: an impeller more than 12 ft in diameter, rotating so slowly one can visualize
oxen walking in a circle turning the shaft.
There are other dynamic-pump designs which do provide low head and high discharge.
For example, there is a type of 38-in, 710 r/min pump, e.g., with the same input parameters as Fig. 11.7b, which will deliver the 25-ft head and 100,000 gal/min flow rate called
for in Example 11.5. This is done by allowing the flow to pass through the impeller with
an axial-flow component and less centrifugal component. The passages can be opened up
to the increased flow rate with very little size increase, but the drop in radial outlet velocity decreases the head produced. These are the mixed-flow (part radial, part axial) and axialflow (propeller-type) families of dynamic pump. Some vane designs are sketched in Fig.
11.11, which introduces an interesting new “design’’ parameter, the specific speed Ns or Ns. | e-Text Main Menu | Textbook Table of Contents | Study Guide 11.4 Mixed- and Axial-Flow Pumps: The Specific Speed 731 Most pump applications involve a known head and discharge for the particular system,
plus a speed range dictated by electric motor speeds or cavitation requirements. The
designer then selects the best size and shape (centrifugal, mixed, axial) for the pump.
To help this selection, we need a dimensionless parameter involving speed, discharge,
and head but not size. This is accomplished by eliminating the diameter between CQ
and CH, applying the result only to the BEP. This ratio is called the specific speed and
has both a dimensionless form and a somewhat lazy, practical form: The Specific Speed n(Q*)1/2
(gH*)3/4 Rigorous form: Ns C1/2
H* Lazy but common: Ns (r/min)(gal/min)1/2
[H (ft)]3/4 (11.30a) (11.30b) In other words, practicing engineers do not bother to change n to revolutions per second or Q* to cubic feet per second or to include gravity with head, although the latter
would be necessary for, say, a pump on the moon. The conversion factor is
Ns 17,182Ns Note that Ns is applied only to BEP; thus a single number characterizes an entire family of pumps. For example, the family of Fig. 11.8 has Ns (0.115)1/2/(5.0)3/4 0.1014,
Ns 1740, regardless of size or speed.
It turns out that the specific speed is directly related to the most efficient pump design, as shown in Fig. 11.11. Low Ns means low Q and high H, hence a centrifugal
pump, and large Ns implies an axial pump. The centrifugal pump is best for Ns between
500 and 4000, the mixed-flow pump for Ns between 4000 and 10,000, and the axialflow pump for Ns above 10,000. Note the changes in impeller shape as Ns increases. Suction Specific Speed If we use NPSH rather than H in Eq. (11.30), the result is called suction specific speed
Rigorous: Lazy: Nss nQ1/2
(g NPSH)3/4 (11.31a) (r/min)(gal/min)1/2
[NPSH (ft)]3/4 N ss (11.31b) where NPSH denotes the available suction head of the system. Data from Wislicenus
 show that a given pump is in danger of inlet cavitation if
N ss 0.47 Nss 8100 In the absence of test data, this relation can be used, given n and Q, to estimate the
minimum required NPSH. | v v Axial-Flow Pump Theory | A multistage axial-flow geometry is shown in Fig. 11.12a. The fluid essentially passes
almost axially through alternate rows of fixed stator blades and moving rotor blades.
The incompressible-flow assumption is frequently used even for gases, because the
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Stator Flow r
Rotor ω, n
w1 V1 Vn 1 Vt 1 β1 α1 u
u = rω β2
w2 Fig. 11.12 Analysis of an axialflow pump: (a) basic geometry;
(b) stator blades and exit-velocity
diagram; (c) rotor blades and exitvelocity diagram. V2 Vn2 β2 α2 Vt2
u (c) The simplified vector-diagram analysis assumes that the flow is one-dimensional and
leaves each blade row at a relative velocity exactly parallel to the exit blade angle. Figure 11.12b shows the stator blades and their exit-velocity diagram. Since the stator is
fixed, ideally the absolute velocity V1 is parallel to the trailing edge of the blade. After
vectorially subtracting the rotor tangential velocity u from V1, we obtain the velocity w1
relative to the rotor, which ideally should be parallel to the rotor leading edge.
Figure 11.12c shows the rotor blades and their exit-velocity diagram. Here the relative velocity w2 is parallel to the blade trailing edge, while the absolute velocity V2
should be designed to enter smoothly the next row of stator blades.
The theoretical power and head are given by Euler’s turbine relation (11.11). Since
there is no radial flow, the inlet and exit rotor speeds are equal, u1 u2, and onedimensional continuity requires that the axial-velocity component remain constant | v v Vn1 | e-Text Main Menu | Vn2 Vn Q
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be directly related to the blade rotational speed u:
u rav Vn1(tan 1 tan 1) Vn2(tan 2 tan 2) (11.32) Thus the flow rate can be predicted from the rotational speed and the blade angles.
Meanwhile, since Vt1 Vn1 cot 1 and Vt2 u Vn2 cot 2, Euler’s relation (11.11)
for the pump head becomes
u2 cot 2 1) 1 cot uVn(cot 2) (11.33) the preferred form because it relates to the blade angles 1 and 2. The shutoff or noflow head is seen to be H0 u2/g, just as in Eq. (11.18) for a centrifugal pump. The
blade-angle parameter cot 1 cot 2 can be designed to be negative, zero, or positive, corresponding to a rising, flat, or falling head curve, as in Fig. 11.5.
Strictly speaking, Eq. (11.33) applies only to a single streamtube of radius r, but it
is a good approximation for very short blades if r denotes the average radius. For long
blades it is customary to sum Eq. (11.33) in radial strips over the blade area. Such complexity may not be warranted since theory, being idealized, neglects losses and usually
predicts the head and power larger than those in actual pump performance. Performance of an Axial-Flow
Pump At high specific speeds, the most efficient choice is an axial-flow, or propeller, pump,
which develops high flow rate and low head. A typical dimensionless chart for a propeller pump is shown in Fig. 11.13. Note, as expected, the higher CQ and lower CH
compared with Fig. 11.8. The head curve drops sharply with discharge, so that a large
system-head change will cause a mild flow change. The power curve drops with head
also, which means a possible overloading condition if the system discharge should sud1.0 4 η
3 CH, CP 0.6 η 2
1 | v v Fig. 11.13 Dimensionless performance curves for a typical axialflow pump, Ns 12,000. Constructed from data given by
Stepanoff  for a 14-in pump at
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10 0.4 Q = 5 gal/min
0.2 Fig. 11.14 Optimum efficiency of
pumps versus capacity and specific
speed. (Adapted from Refs. 4 and
100 300 1000 3000 10,000 30,000 Ns denly decrease. Finally, the efficiency curve is rather narrow and triangular, as opposed
to the broad, parabolic-shaped centrifugal pump efficiency (Fig. 11.8).
By inspection of Fig. 11.13, CQ* 0.55, CH* 1.07, CP* 0.70, and max 0.84.
From this we compute N s (0.55)1/2/(1.07)3/4 0.705, Ns 12,000. The relatively
low efficiency is due to small pump size: d 14 in, n 690 r/min, Q* 4400 gal/min.
A repetition of Example 11.5 using Fig. 11.13 would show that this propeller pump
family can provide a 25-ft head and 100,000 gal/min discharge if D 46 in and n
430 r/min, with bhp 750; this is a much more reasonable design solution, with improvements still possible at larger-Ns conditions. Specific speed is such an effective parameter that it is used as an indicator of both performance and efficiency. Figure 11.14 shows a correlation of the optimum efficiency
of a pump as a function of the specific speed and capacity. Because the dimensional
parameter Q is a rough measure of both size and Reynolds number, increases with
Q. When this type of correlation was first published by Wislicenus  in 1947, it became known as the pump curve, a challenge to all manufacturers. We can check that
the pumps of Figs. 11.7 and 11.13 fit the correlation very well.
Figure 11.15 shows the effect of specific speed on the shape of the pump performance curves, normalized with respect to the BEP point. The numerical values shown
are representative but somewhat qualitative. The high-specific-speed pumps (Ns
10,000) have head and power curves which drop sharply with discharge, implying overload or start-up problems at low flow. Their efficiency curve is very narrow. | v v Pump Performance versus
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H* 735 3
10,000 Ns =
10,000 0.6 4000 2 η Ns =
0.2 1 bhp
600 1 4000
600 0 1
Q* Fig. 11.15 Effect of specific speed
on pump performance curves. 2 0 1
Q* 0 2 1
Q* 2 A low-specific-speed pump (Ns 600) has a broad efficiency curve, a rising power
curve, and a head curve which “droops’’ at shutoff, implying possible surge or hunting problems. Computational Fluid Dynamics The design of turbomachinery has traditionally been highly experimental, with simple
theories, such as in Sec. 11.2, only able to predict trends. Dimensionless correlations,
such as Fig. 11.15, are useful but require extensive experimentation. Consider that flow
in a pump is three-dimensional; unsteady (both periodic and turbulent); and involves
flow separation, recirculation in the impeller, unsteady blade wakes passing through
the diffuser, and blade roots, tips, and clearances. It is no wonder that one-dimensional
theory cannot give firm quantitative predictions.
Modern computer analysis can give realistic results and is becoming a useful tool
for turbomachinery designers. A good example is Ref. 56, reporting combined experimental and computational results for a centrifugal pump diffuser. A photograph of the
device is shown in Fig. 11.16a. It is made of clear Perspex, so that laser measurements
of particle tracking velocimetry (LPTV) and doppler anemometry (LDA) could be taken
throughout the system. The data were compared with a CFD simulation of the impeller
and diffuser, using the grids shown in Fig. 11.16b. The computations used a turbulence
formulation called the k- model, popular in commercial CFD codes (see Sec. 8.9).
Results were good but not excellent. The CFD model predicted velocity and pressure
data adequately up until flow separation, after which it was only qualitative. Clearly,
CFD is developing a significant role in turbomachinery design. 11.5 Matching Pumps to
System Characteristics The ultimate test of a pump is its match with the operating-system characteristics. Physically, the system head must match the head produced by the pump, and this intersection should occur in the region of best efficiency.
The system head will probably contain a static-elevation change z2 z1 plus friction losses in pipes and fittings | v v Hsys | e-Text Main Menu | (z2 z1) V2
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now involves both experimentation
and computational fluid dynamics
(CFD): (a) a centrifugal impeller
and diffuser (Courtesy of K. Eisele
and Z. Zhang, Sulzer Innotec Ltd.);
(b) a three-dimensional CFD model
grid for this system. (From Ref. 56
by permission of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.) Diffuser
(b) | v v where K denotes minor losses and V is the flow velocity in the principal pipe. Since
V is proportional to the pump discharge Q, Eq. (11.34) represents a system-head curve
Hs(Q). Three examples are shown in Fig. 11.17: a static head Hs a, static head plus
laminar friction Hs a bQ, and static head plus turbulent friction Hs a cQ2.
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η (Q) 2 1 3
friction Η, η Laminar
H(Q) Fig. 11.17 Illustration of pump operating points for three types of
system-head curves. 737 Q1 Q2 Q Q3 Operating points the operating point. In Fig. 11.17 the laminar-friction operating point is at maximum
efficiency while the turbulent and static curves are off design. This may be unavoidable if system variables change, but the pump should be changed in size or speed if its
operating point is consistently off design. Of course, a perfect match may not be possible because commercial pumps have only certain discrete sizes and speeds. Let us illustrate these concepts with an example. EXAMPLE 11.6
We want to use the 32-in pump of Fig. 11.7a at 1170 r/min to pump water at 60°F from one
reservoir to another 120 ft higher through 1500 ft of 16-in-ID pipe with friction factor f 0.030.
(a) What will the operating point and efficiency be? (b) To what speed should the pump be
changed to operate at the BEP? Solution
Part (a) For reservoirs the initial and final velocities are zero; thus the system head is
Hs z2 V2 fL
2g D z1 From continuity in the pipe, V Q/[ 1 ( 16 ft)2], and so we substitute for V above to get
12 Q/A Hs V2 0.030(1500 ft)
12 ft 120 ft 120 0.269Q2 Q in ft3/s (1) Since Fig. 11.7a uses thousands of gallons per minute for the abscissa, we convert Q in Eq. (1)
to this unit:
Hs 120 1.335Q2 Q in 103 gal/min (2) We can plot Eq. (2) on Fig. 11.7a and see where it intersects the 32-in pump-head curve, as in
Fig. E11.6. A graphical solution gives approximately | v v H | e-Text Main Menu | 430 ft Q Textbook Table of Contents 15,000 gal/min | Study Guide 738 Chapter 11 Turbomachinery H 490 ft Hpump
point 430 ft 120 ft E11.6 Hs Q 15,000 gal/min The efficiency is about 82 percent, slightly off design.
An analytic solution is possible if we fit the pump-head curve to a parabola, which is very
Hpump 0.26Q2 490 Q in 103 gal/min (3) Equations (2) and (3) must match at the operating point:
0.26Q2 490 490
0.26 Q2 or
H 120 1.335Q2 120
1.335 232 103 gal/min 15,200 gal/min 0.26(15.2)2 490 Ans. (a) 430 ft Ans. (a) To move the operating point to BEP, we change n, which changes both Q n and H n2.
From Fig. 11.7a, at BEP, H* 386 ft; thus for any n, H* 386(n/1170)2. Also read Q*
20 103 gal/min; thus for any n, Q* 20(n/1170). Match H* to the system characteristics,
Eq. (2), Part (b) H* 386 n
1170 2 120 1.335 20 n
1170 2 Ans. (b) which gives n2 0. Thus it is impossible to operate at maximum efficiency with this particular
system and pump. | If a pump provides the right head but too little discharge, a possible remedy is to combine two similar pumps in parallel, i.e., sharing the same suction and inlet conditions.
A parallel arrangement is also used if delivery demand varies, so that one pump is used
at low flow and the second pump is started up for higher discharges. Both pumps should
have check valves to avoid backflow when one is shut down.
The two pumps in parallel need not be identical. Physically, their flow rates will
sum for the same head, as illustrated in Fig. 11.18. If pump A has more head than pump
B, pump B cannot be added in until the operating head is below the shutoff head of
pump B. Since the system curve rises with Q, the combined delivery QA B will be less
than the separate operating discharges QA QB but certainly greater than either one. v v Pumps Combined in Parallel | e-Text Main Menu | Textbook Table of Contents | Study Guide 11.5 Matching Pumps to System Characteristics 739 H
Pump B Combined
curve QB QA Fig. 11.18 Performance and operating points of two pumps operating
singly and combined in parallel. B
Operating points 0 Q A+B For a very flat (static) curve two similar pumps in parallel will deliver nearly twice the
flow. The combined brake horsepower is found by adding brake horsepower for each
of pumps A and B at the same head as the operating point. The combined efficiency
equals g(QA B)(HA B)/(550 bhpA B).
If pumps A and B are not identical, as in Fig. 11.18, pump B should not be run and
cannot even be started up if the operating point is above its shutoff head. Pumps Combined in Series If a pump provides the right discharge but too little head, consider adding a similar
pump in series, with the output of pump B fed directly into the suction side of pump
A. As sketched in Fig. 11.19, the physical principle for summing in series is that the
two heads add at the same flow rate to give the combined-performance curve. The two
in series HA
Pump B | v v Fig. 11.19 Performance of two
pumps combined in series. | 0 e-Text Main Menu B | Q A
Operating points Textbook Table of Contents | Study Guide 740 Chapter 11 Turbomachinery need not be identical at all, since they merely handle the same discharge; they may
even have different speeds, although normally both are driven by the same shaft.
The need for a series arrangement implies that the system curve is steep, i.e., requires higher head than either pump A or B can provide. The combined operating-point
head will be more than either A or B separately but not as great as their sum. The combined power is the sum of brake horsepower for A and B at the operating point flow
rate. The combined efficiency is
g(QA B)(HA B)
550 bhpA B
similar to parallel pumps.
Whether pumps are used in series or in parallel, the arrangement will be uneconomical unless both pumps are operating near their best efficiency. Multistage Pumps For very high heads in continuous operation, the solution is a multistage pump, with
the exit of one impeller feeding directly into the eye of the next. Centrifugal, mixedflow, and axial-flow pumps have all been grouped in as many as 50 stages, with heads
up to 8000 ft of water and pressure rises up to 5000 lbf/in2 absolute. Figure 11.20
shows a section of a seven-stage centrifugal propane compressor which develops 300
lbf/in2 rise at 40,000 ft3/min and 35,000 bhp. Compressors Most of the discussion in this chapter concerns incompressible flow, that is, negligible
change in fluid density. Even the pump of Fig. 11.7, which can produce 600 ft of head
at 1170 r/min, will only increase standard air pressure by 46 lbf/ft2, about a 2 percent
change in density. The picture changes at higher speeds, p n2, and multiple stages,
where very large changes in pressure and density are achieved. Such devices are called
compressors, as in Fig. 11.20. The concept of static head, H
p/ g, becomes inappropriate, since varies. Compressor performance is measured by (1) the pressure ratio across the stage p2/p1 and (2) the change in stagnation enthalpy (h02 h01), where
h0 h 1 V 2 (see Sec. 9.3). Combining m stages in series results in pfinal/pinitial
(p2/p1)m. As density increases, less area is needed: note the decrease in impeller size
from right to left in Fig. 11.20. Compressors may be either of the centrifugal or axialflow type [21 to 23].
Compressor efficiency, from inlet condition 1 to final outlet f, is defined by the
change in gas enthalpy, assuming an adiabatic process:
T01 | v v Compressor efficiencies are similar to hydraulic machines ( max 70 to 80 percent),
but the mass-flow range is more limited: on the low side by compressor surge, where
blade stall and vibration occur, and on the high side by choking (Sec. 9.4), where the
Mach number reaches 1.0 somewhere in the system. Compressor mass flow is normally plotted using the same type of dimensionless function formulated in Eq. (9.47):
m(RT0)1/2/(D2p0), which will reach a maximum when choking occurs. For further de˙
tails, see Refs. 21 to 23. | e-Text Main Menu | Textbook Table of Contents | Study Guide 11.5 Matching Pumps to System Characteristics 741 Fig. 11.20 Cross section of a
seven-stage centrifugal propane
compressor which delivers 40,000
ft3/min at 35,000 bhp and a pressure rise of 300 lbf/in2. Note the
second inlet at stage 5 and the
varying impeller designs.
(Courtesy of DeLaval-Stork V.O.F.,
Division.) EXAMPLE 11.7
Investigate extending Example 11.6 by using two 32-in pumps in parallel to deliver more flow.
Is this efficient? Solution
Since the pumps are identical, each delivers 1 Q at the same 1170 r/min speed. The system curve
is the same, and the balance-of-head relation becomes
Q2 or 490
1.335 0.26( 1 Q)2
Q 1.335Q2 16,300 gal/min Ans. | v v This is only 7 percent more than a single pump. Each pump delivers 1 Q 8130 gal/min, for
which the efficiency is only 60 percent. The total brake horsepower required is 3200, whereas a
single pump used only 2000 bhp. This is a poor design. | e-Text Main Menu | Textbook Table of Contents | Study Guide 742 Chapter 11 Turbomachinery EXAMPLE 11.8
Suppose the elevation change in Example 11.6 is raised from 120 to 500 ft, greater than a single 32-in pump can supply. Investigate using 32-in pumps in series at 1170 r/min. Solution
Since the pumps are identical, the total head is twice as much and the constant 120 in the system-head curve is replaced by 500. The balance of heads becomes
or Q2 2(490
1.335 0.26Q2) 500
0.52 Q 500
103 gal/min Ans. The operating head is 500 1.335(16.1)2 845 ft, or 97 percent more than that for a single
pump in Example 11.5. Each pump is operating at 16.1 103 gal/min, which from Fig. 11.7a
is 83 percent efficient, a pretty good match to the system. To pump at this operating point requires 4100 bhp, or about 2050 bhp for each pump. A turbine extracts energy from a fluid which possesses high head, but it is fatuous to
say a turbine is a pump run backward. Basically there are two types, reaction and impulse, the difference lying in the manner of head conversion. In the reaction turbine, the
fluid fills the blade passages, and the head change or pressure drop occurs within the
impeller. Reaction designs are of the radial-flow, mixed-flow, and axial-flow types and
are essentially dynamic devices designed to admit the high-energy fluid and extract its
momentum. An impulse turbine first converts the high head through a nozzle into a highvelocity jet, which then strikes the blades at one position as they pass by. The impeller
passages are not fluid-filled, and the jet flow past the blades is essentially at constant
pressure. Reaction turbines are smaller because fluid fills all the blades at one time. Reaction Turbines Reaction turbines are low-head, high-flow devices. The flow is opposite that in a pump,
entering at the larger-diameter section and discharging through the eye after giving up
most of its energy to the impeller. Early designs were very inefficient because they
lacked stationary guide vanes at the entrance to direct the flow smoothly into the impeller passages. The first efficient inward-flow turbine was built in 1849 by James B.
Francis, a U.S. engineer, and all radial- or mixed-flow designs are now called Francis
turbines. At still lower heads, a turbine can be designed more compactly with purely
axial flow and is termed a propeller turbine. The propeller may be either fixed-blade
or adjustable (Kaplan type), the latter being complicated mechanically but much more
efficient at low-power settings. Figure 11.21 shows sketches of runner designs for Francis radial, Francis mixed-flow, and propeller-type turbines. Idealized Radial Turbine Theory The Euler turbomachine formulas (11.11) also apply to energy-extracting machines if
we reverse the flow direction and reshape the blades. Figure 11.22 shows a radial turbine runner. Again assume one-dimensional frictionless flow through the blades. Adjustable inlet guide vanes are absolutely necessary for good efficiency. They bring the
inlet flow to the blades at angle 2 and absolute velocity V2 for minimum “shock’’ or | v v 11.6 Turbines | e-Text Main Menu | Textbook Table of Contents | Study Guide 11.6 Turbines 0.4 Nsp = 20 743 10.0
Nsp = 60 1.0 CQ
CQ 0.2 0.8
η 0.6 (b) η 0.1 Fig. 11.21 Reaction turbines:
(a) Francis, radial type; (b) Francis
mixed-flow; (c) propeller axialflow; (d) performance curves for
a Francis turbine, n 600 r/min,
D 2.25 ft, Nsp 29. 0.4
Nsp = 140 0 2 1 3 0.0 CP
(d) directional-mismatch loss. After vectorially adding in the runner tip speed u2
outer blade angle should be set at angle 2 to accommodate the relative velocity w2, as
shown in the figure. (See Fig. 11.4 for the analogous radial-pump velocity diagrams.)
Application of the angular-momentum control-volume theorem, Eq. (3.55), to Fig.
11.22 (see Example 3.14 for a similar case) yields an idealized formula for the power
P extracted by the runner:
T P Q(r2Vt2 r1Vt1) Q(u2V2 cos 2 u1V1 cos Adjustable
u 2 = rω 2 Vt 2 α2
w2 Vn 2 r2 V2
Runner β1 V1 w1 | v v Fig. 11.22 Inlet- and outlet-velocity
diagrams for an idealized radialflow reaction turbine runner. | e-Text Main Menu ω | Textbook Table of Contents | Study Guide 1) (11.35) 744 Chapter 11 Turbomachinery where Vt2 and Vt1 are the absolute inlet and outlet circumferential velocity components
of the flow. Note that Eq. (11.35) is identical to Eq. (11.11) for a radial pump, except
that the blade shapes are different.
The absolute inlet normal velocity Vn2 V2 sin 2 is proportional to the flow rate
Q. If the flow rate changes and the runner speed u2 is constant, the vanes must be adjusted to a new angle 2 so that w2 still follows the blade surface. Thus adjustable inlet vanes are very important to avoid shock loss. Power Specific Speed Turbine parameters are similar to those of a pump, but the dependent variable is the output brake horsepower, which depends upon the inlet flow rate Q, available head H, impeller speed n, and diameter D. The efficiency is the output brake horsepower divided
by the available water horsepower gQH. The dimensionless forms are CQ, CH, and CP,
defined just as for a pump, Eqs. (11.23). If we neglect Reynolds-number and roughness
effects, the functional relationships are written with CP as the independent variable:
CH CH(CP) CQ bhp
gQH CQ(CP) (CP) (11.36) Figure 11.21d shows typical performance curves for a small Francis radial turbine. The
maximum efficiency point is called the normal power, and the values for this particular turbine are
max 0.89 CP* 2.70 CQ* 0.34 CH* 9.03 A parameter which compares the output power with the available head, independent
of size, is found by eliminating the diameter between CH and CP. It is called the power
Rigorous form: C*1/2
H N sp Lazy but common: Nsp n(bhp)1/2
(gH)5/4 (11.37a) (r/min)(bhp)1/2
[H (ft)]5/4 (11.37b) For water,
1.94 slugs/ft3 and Nsp 273.3Nsp. The various turbine designs divide
up nicely according to the range of power specific speed, as follows:
Turbine type Nsp range CH range Impulse
Gas, steam 1 – 10
10 – 110 15 – 50
5 – 25 100 – 250
25 – 300 1–4
10 – 80 | v v Note that Nsp, like Ns for pumps, is defined only with respect to the BEP and has a
single value for a given turbine family. In Fig. 11.21d, Nsp 273.3(2.70)1/2/(9.03)5/4
29, regardless of size. | e-Text Main Menu | Textbook Table of Contents | Study Guide 11.6 Turbines 745 Like pumps, turbines of large size are generally more efficient, and Eqs. (11.29) can
be used as an estimate when data are lacking.
The design of a complete large-scale power-generating turbine system is a major engineering project, involving inlet and outlet ducts, trash racks, guide vanes, wicket gates,
spiral cases, generator with cooling coils, bearings and transmission gears, runner blades,
draft tubes, and automatic controls. Some typical large-scale reaction turbine designs
are shown in Fig. 11.23. The reversible pump-and-turbine design of Fig. 11.23d requires
special care for adjustable guide vanes to be efficient for flow in either direction.
The largest (1000-MW) hydropower designs are awesome when viewed on a human scale, as shown in Fig. 11.24. The economic advantages of small-scale model testing are evident from this photograph of the Francis turbine units at Grand Coulee Dam. Impulse Turbines For high head and relatively low power, i.e., low Nsp, not only would a reaction turbine require too high a speed but also the high pressure in the runner would require a
massive casing thickness. The impulse turbine of Fig. 11.25 is ideal for this situation.
Since Nsp is low, n will be low and the high pressure is confined to the small nozzle,
which converts the head to an atmospheric pressure jet of high velocity Vj. The jet
strikes the buckets and imparts a momentum change similar to that in our controlvolume analysis for a moving vane in Example 3.10 or Prob. 3.51. The buckets have
an elliptical split-cup shape, as in Fig. 11.25b. They are named Pelton wheels, after
Lester A. Pelton (1829 – 1908), who produced the first efficient design.
From Example 3.10 the force and power delivered to a Pelton wheel are theoretically
P Q(Vj Fu u)(1 Qu(Vj cos ) u)(1 cos ) (11.38) where u 2 nr is the bucket linear velocity and r is the pitch radius, or distance to
the jet centerline. A bucket angle
180° gives maximum power but is physically
165°, or 1 cos
1.966 or only 2 percent less than
impractical. In practice,
From Eq. (11.38) the theoretical power of an impulse turbine is parabolic in bucket
speed u and is maximum when dP/du 0, or
2 2 n*r Vj (11.39) For a perfect nozzle, the entire available head would be converted to jet velocity Vj
(2gH)1/2. Actually, since there are 2 to 8 percent nozzle losses, a velocity coefficient
C is used
Vj C (2gH)1/2 0.92 C 0.98 (11.40) By combining Eqs. (11.36) and (11.40), the theoretical impulse turbine efficiency becomes
(2gH)1/2 where v v Maximum efficiency occurs at | | e-Text Main Menu cos ) (C | 1
2 C ) peripheral-velocity factor
0.47. Textbook Table of Contents | Study Guide (11.41) 746 Chapter 11 Turbomachinery (c ) (a ) (b ) (d ) | v v Fig. 11.23 Large-scale turbine designs depend upon available head and flow rate and operating conditions: (a) Francis (radial);
(b) Kaplan (propeller); (c) bulb mounting with propeller runner; (d) reversible pump turbine with radial runner. (Courtesy of
Allis-Chalmers Fluid Products Company.) | e-Text Main Menu | Textbook Table of Contents | Study Guide 11.6 Turbines 747 Fig. 11.24 Interior view of the 1.1million hp (820-MW) turbine units
on the Grand Coulee Dam of the
Columbia River, showing the spiral
case, the outer fixed vanes (“stay
ring’’), and the inner adjustable
vanes (“wicket gates’’). (Courtesy
of Allis-Chalmers Fluid Products
n,ω β ≈ 165˚
(b) r Needle
valve w u α
Vj Fig. 11.25 Impulse turbine: (a) side
view of wheel and jet; (b) top view
of bucket; (c) typical velocity
diagram. β u = 2π nr
(a) (c) | v v Figure 11.26 shows Eq. (11.41) plotted for an ideal turbine (
180°, Cv 1.0)
and for typical working conditions (
160°, Cv 0.94). The latter case predicts
85 percent at
0.47, but the actual data for a 24-in Pelton wheel test are
somewhat less efficient due to windage, mechanical friction, backsplashing, and nonuni- | e-Text Main Menu | Textbook Table of Contents | Study Guide 748 Chapter 11 Turbomachinery 1.0 0.8 0.6 η
0.4 Fig. 11.26 Efficiency of an impulse
turbine calculated from Eq. (11.41):
solid curve ideal,
Cv 1.0; dashed curve actual,
160°, Cv 0.94; open circles
data, Pelton wheel, diameter
2 ft. 0.2 0.2 0.4 0.6 φ= 0 0.8 1.0 u
(2gH)1/2 form bucket flow. For this test max 80 percent, and, generally speaking, an impulse
turbine is not quite as efficient as the Francis or propeller turbines at their BEPs.
Figure 11.27 shows the optimum efficiency of the three turbine types, and the importance of the power specific speed Nsp as a selection tool for the designer. These efficiencies are optimum and are obtained in careful design of large machines.
The water power available to a turbine may vary due to either net-head or flow-rate
changes, both of which are common in field installations such as hydroelectric plants.
The demand for turbine power also varies from light to heavy, and the operating response is a change in the flow rate by adjustment of a gate valve or needle valve (Fig.
11.25a). As shown in Fig. 11.28, all three turbine types achieve fairly uniform efficiency as a function of the level of power being extracted. Especially effective is the
adjustable-blade (Kaplan-type) propeller turbine, while the poorest is a fixed-blade propeller. The term rated power in Fig. 11.28 is the largest power delivery guaranteed by
the manufacturer, as opposed to normal power, which is delivered at maximum efficiency.
For further details of design and operation of turbomachinery, the readable and interesting treatment in Ref. 33 is especially recommended. The feasibility of microhydropower is discussed in . See also Refs. 27 and 28. 1.0
Impulse η 0.9 0.8 | v v Fig. 11.27 Optimum efficiency of
turbine designs. 1 10 100 1000 Nsp | e-Text Main Menu | Textbook Table of Contents | Study Guide 11.6 Turbines 1.0 749 Francis Kaplan
0.8 η Fixed-blade
0.6 Fig. 11.28 Efficiency versus power
level for various turbine designs at
constant speed and head. 0.5
0 20 40
Rated power, percent 80 100 EXAMPLE 11.9
Investigate the possibility of using (a) a Pelton wheel similar to Fig. 11.26 or (b) the Francis
turbine family of Fig. 11.21d to deliver 30,000 bhp from a net head of 1200 ft. Solution
Part (a) From Fig. 11.27, the most efficient Pelton wheel occurs at about
or (r/min)(30,000 bhp)1/2
(1200 ft)1.25 4.5
n 183 r/min 3.06 r/s From Fig. 11.26 the best operating point is
or D 13.6 ft Ans. (a) | v v This Pelton wheel is perhaps a little slow and a trifle large. You could reduce D and increase n
by increasing Nsp to, say, 6 or 7 and accepting the slight reduction in efficiency. Or you could
use a double-hung, two-wheel configuration, each delivering 15,000 bhp, which changes D and
n by the factor 21/2:
n (183)21/2 260 r/min
21/2 | e-Text Main Menu | Textbook Table of Contents | Study Guide 750 Chapter 11 Turbomachinery
The Francis wheel of Fig. 11.21d must have Part (b) Nsp
n (r/min)(30,000 bhp)1/2
(1200 ft)1.25 1183 r/min 19.7 r/s Then the optimum power coefficient is
D5 or 2.70
3.33 ft 40 in Ans. (b) This is a faster speed than normal practice, and the casing would have to withstand 1200 ft of
water or about 520 lbf/in2 internal pressure, but the 40-in size is extremely attractive. Francis
turbines are now being operated at heads up to 1500 ft. Wind Turbines | v v Wind energy has long been used as a source of mechanical power. The familiar fourbladed windmills of Holland, England, and the Greek islands have been used for centuries to pump water, grind grain, and saw wood. Modern research concentrates on the
ability of wind turbines to generate electric power. Koeppl  stresses the potential
for propeller-type machines. Spera  gives a detailed discussion of the technical and
economic feasibility of large-scale electric power generation by wind. See also Refs.
46, 48, and 50 to 52.
Some examples of wind turbine designs are shown in Fig. 11.29. The familiar American multiblade farm windmill (Fig. 11.29a) is of low efficiency, but thousands are in
use as a rugged, reliable, and inexpensive way to pump water. A more efficient design
is the propeller mill in Fig. 11.29b, similar to the pioneering Smith-Putnam 1250-kW
two-bladed system which operated on Grampa’s Knob, 12 mi west of Rutland, Vermont, from 1941 to 1945. The Smith-Putnam design broke because of inadequate blade
strength, but it withstood winds up to 115 mi/h and its efficiency was amply demonstrated .
The Dutch, American multiblade, and propeller mills are examples of horizontalaxis wind turbines (HAWTs), which are efficient but somewhat awkward in that they
require extensive bracing and gear systems when combined with an electric generator.
Thus a competing family of vertical-axis wind turbines (VAWTs) has been proposed
which simplifies gearing and strength requirements. Figure 11.29c shows the “eggbeater’’ VAWT invented by G. J. M. Darrieus in 1925, now used in several government-sponsored demonstration systems. To minimize centrifugal stresses, the twisted
blades of the Darrieus turbine follow a troposkien curve formed by a chain anchored
at two points on a spinning vertical rod.
An alternative VAWT, simpler to construct than the troposkien, is the straight-bladed
Darrieus-type turbine in Fig. 11.29d. This design, proposed by Reading University in
England, has blades which pivot due to centrifugal action as wind speeds increase, thus
limiting bending stresses. | e-Text Main Menu | Textbook Table of Contents | Study Guide 11.6 Turbines (c ) (a ) | v v Fig. 11.29 Wind turbine designs:
(a) the American multiblade farm
HAWT; (b) propeller HAWT
(Courtesy of Grumman Aerospace
Corp.); (c) the Darrieus VAWT
(Courtesy of National Research
Council, Canada); (d) modified
straight-blade Darrieus VAWT
(Courtesy of Reading University —
Nat’l Wind Power Ltd.). | e-Text Main Menu (d ) (b ) | Textbook Table of Contents | Study Guide 751 752 Chapter 11 Turbomachinery The ideal, frictionless efficiency of a propeller windmill was predicted by A. Betz in
1920, using the simulation shown in Fig. 11.30. The propeller is represented by an actuator disk which creates across the propeller plane a pressure discontinuity of area A
and local velocity V. The wind is represented by a streamtube of approach velocity V1
and a slower downstream wake velocity V2. The pressure rises to pb just before the
disk and drops to pa just after, returning to free-stream pressure in the far wake. To
hold the propeller rigid when it is extracting energy from the wind, there must be a
leftward force F on its support, as shown.
A control-volume – horizontal-momentum relation applied between sections 1 and 2
gives Idealized Wind Turbine Theory Fx F m (V2
˙ V1) A similar relation for a control volume just before and after the disk gives
Fx F (pb pa)A m (Va
˙ Vb) 0 Equating these two yields the propeller force
F pa)A (pb m (V1
˙ V2) (11.42) Assuming ideal flow, the pressures can be found by applying the incompressible
Bernoulli relation up to the disk
From 1 to b:
From a to 2: 1
2 Subtracting these and noting that m
pb pa in Eq. (11.42) to obtain
2 pa or 2
V1 pb V2 p 1
2 V2 1
2 AV through the propeller, we can substitute for
(V 1 V 2)
2 V (V1 V(V1 V2) V2) (11.43) Streamtube
pa pb V
Wind V2, p∞ Wake V1, p∞ Swept
area A F
p∞ | v v Fig. 11.30 Idealized actuator-disk
and streamtube analysis of flow
through a windmill. p∞
pa | e-Text Main Menu | Textbook Table of Contents | Study Guide 11.6 Turbines 753 Ideal
propeller type 0.5 High-speed
multiblade Cp 0.3 Grumman
(Fig. 11.29 b) Savonius
rotor 0.2 0.1 Fig. 11.31 Estimated performance
of various wind turbine designs as
a function of blade-tip speed ratio.
(From Ref. 53.) Darrieus
VAWT Dutch, four-arm 0 1 2 3
Speed ratio ω r/V1 6 7 8 Continuity and momentum thus require that the velocity V through the disk equal the
average of the wind and far-wake speeds.
Finally, the power extracted by the disk can be written in terms of V1 and V2 by
combining Eqs. (11.42) and (11.43)
P AV 2(V1 FV 1
4 V2) A(V 2
1 V 2)(V1
2 V2) (11.44) For a given wind speed V1, we can find the maximum possible power by differentiating P with respect to V2 and setting equal to zero. The result is
P Pmax 3
AV 1 8
27 at V2 1
3 V1 (11.45) which corresponds to V 2V1/3 through the disk.
The maximum available power to the propeller is the mass flow through the propeller times the total kinetic energy of the wind
2 Pavail mV 1
1 Thus the maximum possible efficiency of an ideal frictionless wind turbine is usually
stated in terms of the power coefficient
CP P 3
Equation (11.45) states that the total power coefficient is Cp,max 1
27 0.593 (11.46) (11.47) | v v This is called the Betz number and serves as an ideal with which to compare the actual performance of real windmills.
Figure 11.31 shows the measured power coefficients of various wind turbine designs. The independent variable is not V2/V1 (which is artificial and convenient only in | e-Text Main Menu | Textbook Table of Contents | Study Guide 754 Chapter 11 Turbomachinery Under 750 750 – 2250 2250 – 3750 3750 – 5000 Over 5000 Fig. 11.32 World availability of
land-based wind energy: estimated
annual electric output in kWh/kW
of a wind turbine rated at 11.2 m/s
(25 mi/h). (From Ref. 54.) | v v the ideal theory) but the ratio of blade-tip speed r to wind speed. Note that the tip
can move much faster than the wind, a fact disturbing to the laity but familiar to engineers in the behavior of iceboats and sailing vessels. The Darrieus has the many advantages of a vertical axis but has little torque at low speeds and also rotates more
slowly at maximum power than a propeller, thus requiring a higher gear ratio for the
generator. The Savonius rotor (Fig. 6.29b) has been suggested as a VAWT design because it produces power at very low wind speeds, but it is inefficient and susceptible
to storm damage because it cannot be feathered in high winds.
As shown in Fig. 11.32, there are many areas of the world where wind energy is an
attractive alternative. Greenland, Newfoundland, Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, Iceland, Ireland, and the United Kingdom have the highest prevailing winds, but Australia,
e.g., with only moderate winds, has the potential to generate half its electricity with
wind turbines . In addition, since the ocean is generally even windier than the land,
there are many island areas of high potential for wind power. There have also been
proposals  for ocean-based floating windmill farms. The inexhaustible availability
of the winds, coupled with improved low-cost turbine designs, indicates a bright future for this alternative. | e-Text Main Menu | Textbook Table of Contents | Study Guide Problems 755 Turbomachinery design is perhaps the most practical and most active application of the
principles of fluid mechanics. There are billions of pumps and turbines in use in the
world, and thousands of companies are seeking improvements. This chapter discusses
both positive-displacement devices and, more extensively, rotodynamic machines. With
the centrifugal pump as an example, the basic concepts of torque, power, head, flow
rate, and efficiency are developed for a turbomachine. Nondimensionalization leads to
the pump similarity rules and some typical dimensionless performance curves for axial and centrifugal machines. The single most useful pump parameter is found to be
the specific speed, which delineates the type of design needed. An interesting design
application is the theory of pumps combined in series and in parallel.
Turbines extract energy from flowing fluids and are of two types: impulse turbines,
which convert the momentum of a high-speed stream, and reaction turbines, where the
pressure drop occurs within the blade passages in an internal flow. By analogy with
pumps, the power specific speed is important for turbines and is used to classify them
into impulse, Francis, and propeller-type designs. A special case of reaction turbine
with unconfined flow is the wind turbine. Several types of windmills are discussed and
their relative performances compared. Summary Problems
Most of the problems herein are fairly straightforward. More difficult or open-ended assignments are labeled with an asterisk. Problems labeled with an EES icon will benefit from the use of the Engineering Equations Solver (EES), while problems labeled with a
computer icon may require the use of a computer. The standard
end-of-chapter problems 11.1 to 11.103 (categorized in the problem list below) are followed by word problems W11.1 to W11.10,
comprehensive problems C11.1 to C11.3, and design project D11.1. P11.3 P11.4 P11.5 A PDP can deliver almost any fluid, but there is always
a limiting very high viscosity for which performance will
deteriorate. Can you explain the probable reason?
Figure 11.2c shows a double-screw pump. Sketch a single-screw pump and explain its operation. How did
Archimedes’ screw pump operate?
What type of pump is shown in Fig. P11.5? How does
it operate? Problem distribution
Section Topic Problems 11.1
11.6 Introduction and classification
Centrifugal pump theory
Pump performance and similarity rules
Net positive-suction head
Specific speed: Mixed- and axial-flow pumps
Matching pumps to system characteristics
Pumps in parallel or series
Reaction and impulse turbines
Wind turbines 11.1–11.14
11.100–11.103 P11.2 Describe the geometry and operation of a peristaltic positive-displacement pump which occurs in nature.
What would be the technical classification of the following turbomachines: (a) a household fan, (b) a windmill, (c) an aircraft propeller, (d ) a fuel pump in a car,
(e) an eductor, ( f ) a fluid-coupling transmission, and (g)
a power plant steam turbine? | v v P11.1 | e-Text Main Menu | P11.5
P11.6 P11.7 Figure P11.6 shows two points a half-period apart in the
operation of a pump. What type of pump is this? How
does it work? Sketch your best guess of flow rate versus
time for a few cycles.
A piston PDP has a 5-in diameter and a 2-in stroke and
operates at 750 r/min with 92 percent volumetric efficiency. (a) What is its delivery, in gal/min? (b) If the pump
delivers SAE 10W oil at 20°C against a head of 50 ft,
what horsepower is required when the overall efficiency
is 84 percent? Textbook Table of Contents | Study Guide 756 Chapter 11 Turbomachinery Flow out Flow out P11.13 P11.14
A B A B P11.15 Flow in Check
valve Flow in P11.6 P11.9 P11.10 P11.11 P11.12
EES A centrifugal pump delivers 550 gal/min of water at 20°C
when the brake horsepower is 22 and the efficiency is 71
percent. (a) Estimate the head rise in ft and the pressure
rise in lbf/in2. (b) Also estimate the head rise and horsepower if instead the delivery is 550 gal/min of gasoline
Figure P11.9 shows the measured performance of the
Vickers model PVQ40 piston pump when delivering SAE
10W oil at 180°F (
910 kg/m3). Make some general
observations about these data vis-à-vis Fig. 11.2 and your
intuition about the behavior of piston pumps.
Suppose that the piston pump of Fig. P11.9 is used to deliver 15 gal/min of water at 20°C using 20 brake horsepower. Neglecting Reynolds-number effects, use the figure to estimate (a) the speed in r/min and (b) the pressure
rise in lbf/in2.
A pump delivers 1500 L/min of water at 20°C against a
pressure rise of 270 kPa. Kinetic- and potential-energy
changes are negligible. If the driving motor supplies
9 kW, what is the overall efficiency?
In a test of the centrifugal pump shown in Fig. P11.12,
the following data are taken: p1 100 mmHg (vacuum)
and p2 500 mmHg (gage). The pipe diameters are
D1 12 cm and D2 5 cm. The flow rate is 180 gal/min
of light oil (SG 0.91). Estimate (a) the head developed, Q, V
Q R R ω
P11.16 P11.17 P11.18 For the “sprinkler turbine’’ of Fig. P11.15, let R 18 cm,
with total flow rate of 14 m3/h of water at 20°C. If the nozzle exit diameter is 8 mm, estimate (a) the maximum power
delivered in W and (b) the appropriate rotation rate in r/min.
A centrifugal pump has d1 7 in, d2 13 in, b1 4 in,
b2 3 in, 1 25°, and 2 40° and rotates at 1160
r/min. If the fluid is gasoline at 20°C and the flow enters
the blades radially, estimate the theoretical (a) flow rate
in gal/min, (b) horsepower, and (c) head in ft.
A jet of velocity V strikes a vane which moves to the right at
speed Vc, as in Fig. P11.18. The vane has a turning angle . (2) ρ , V, A 65 cm θ
(1) P11.18 P11.12 | v v P11.8 in meters; and (b) the input power required at 75 percent
A 20-hp pump delivers 400 gal/min of gasoline at 20°C
with 75 percent efficiency. What head and pressure rise
result across the pump?
A pump delivers gasoline at 20°C and 12 m3/h. At the
inlet p1 100 kPa, z1 1 m, and V1 2 m/s. At the exit
p2 500 kPa, z2 4 m, and V2 3 m/s. How much
power is required if the motor efficiency is 75 percent?
A lawn sprinkler can be used as a simple turbine. As
shown in Fig. P11.15, flow enters normal to the paper in
the center and splits evenly into Q/2 and Vrel leaving each
nozzle. The arms rotate at angular velocity and do work
on a shaft. Draw the velocity diagram for this turbine.
Neglecting friction, find an expression for the power delivered to the shaft. Find the rotation rate for which the
power is a maximum. | e-Text Main Menu | Textbook Table of Contents | Study Guide Vc Problems 757 80
60 210 bar - 3000 lb/in2
140 bar - 2000 lb/in2
70 bar - 1000 lb/in2
35 bar - 500 lb/in2 210 bar
35 bar 40
20 80 0 60
95 35 bar
210 bar 20
38 Fig. P11.9 Performance of the
model PVQ40 piston pump delivering SAE 10W oil at 180°F.
(Courtesy of Vickers Inc.,
PDN/PACE Division.) P11.20 P11.21 210 bar
35 bar 45 v | | 0 30
15 0 500 Derive an expression for the power delivered to the vane by
the jet. For what vane speed is the power maximum?
A centrifugal pump has r2 9 in, b2 2 in, and 2
35° and rotates at 1060 r/min. If it generates a head of
180 ft, determine the theoretical (a) flow rate in gal/min
and (b) horsepower. Assume near-radial entry flow.
Suppose that Prob. 11.19 is reversed into a statement of
the theoretical power Pw 153 hp. Can you then compute the theoretical (a) flow rate and (b) head? Explain
and resolve the difficulty which arises.
The centrifugal pump of Fig. P11.21 develops a flow rate of
4200 gal/min of gasoline at 20°C with near-radial absolute v P11.19 Input power, kW 60 19 Pump
41 cm3/r e-Text Main Menu | 1000
Speed, r/min 1500 2000 2 in
1750 r / min 3 in P11.21 Textbook Table of Contents 4 in | Study Guide Delivery, L/min Overall efficiency, percent 100 Volumetric efficiency, percent 100 758 Chapter 11 Turbomachinery aco FM Series
10 5 1160 RPM Model 4013
15 20 25 100 30 Curve No. 806
Min. Imp. Dia. 10.0
Sizes 5 x 4 x13 35 3 45 L/s 40 4 5 50
NPSH, ft 50% 12.95 in 60% 65% 70% 74% 76% 80 78% 25
79% 12.50 in 80% Head, ft 12.00 in 79%
78% 11.50 in
60 11.00 in 20
70% 10.50 in 65% 10.00 in 15 60% 40
5 bhp 10
10 bhp 50%
20 7.5 bhp Curves based on clear water
with specific gravity of 1.0 5 0
100 0 200 300 400
Flow, gal / min 500 600 700 0
800 Fig. P11.24 Performance data for a centrifugal pump. (Courtesy of Taco, Inc., Cranston, Rhode Island.) Q, m3/s 0.0 0.05 0.10 0.15 0.20 0.25 H, m 105 104 102 100 95 85 100 115 135 171 202 228 249 P11.24 67 P, kW P11.23 0.30 (a) Determine the best efficiency point. (b) Plot CH versus CQ. (c) If we desire to use this same pump family to
deliver 7000 gal/min of kerosine at 20°C at an input power
of 400 kW, what pump speed (in r/min) and impeller size
(in cm) are needed? What head will be developed? | v v P11.22 inflow. Estimate the theoretical (a) horsepower, (b) head rise,
and (c) appropriate blade angle at the inner radius.
A 37-cm-diameter centrifugal pump, running at 2140
r/min with water at 20°C, produces the following performance data: | e-Text Main Menu | P11.25 P11.26 If the 38-in-diameter pump of Fig. 11.7b is used to deliver 20°C kerosine at 850 r/min and 22,000 gal/min, what
(a) head and (b) brake horsepower will result?
Figure P11.24 shows performance data for the Taco, Inc.,
model 4013 pump. Compute the ratios of measured shutoff head to the ideal value U2/g for all seven impeller
sizes. Determine the average and standard deviation of
this ratio and compare it to the average for the six impellers in Fig. 11.7.
At what speed in r/min should the 35-in-diameter pump
of Fig. 11.7b be run to produce a head of 400 ft at a discharge of 20,000 gal/min? What brake horsepower will
be required? Hint: Fit H(Q) to a formula.
Determine if the seven Taco, Inc., pump sizes in Fig.
P11.24 can be collapsed into a single dimensionless chart Textbook Table of Contents | Study Guide Problems 759 1760 RPM Model 4010 aco Curve No.756
Min. Imp. Dia. 7.70
Sizes 5 x 4 x10 CM & FM Series 10 20 30 40 140 10 50
12 70 L/s 60 14 16 18 20 22 NPSH, ft
50% 60% 65% 120 10.40 in 40 70% 74%
78% 80% 35 82% 10.00 in Head, ft 82% 30
80% 9.00 in 78%
76% 25 74% 80 8.50 in Head, m 83%
100 9.50 in 70%
65% 7.70 in 20 60% 60 30 bhp
40 10 bhp Curves based on clear water
with specific gravity of 1.0 20 bhp
50% 20 0 125 250 375 500 625
Flow, gal / min 750 875 10 15 bhp
1000 1125 1250 Fig. P11.31 Performance data for a family of centrifugal pump impellers. (Courtesy of Taco, Inc., Cranston, Rhode Island.) P11.27
EES P11.28 of CH, CP, and versus CQ, as in Fig. 11.8. Comment
on the results.
The 12-in pump of Fig. P11.24 is to be scaled up in size
to provide a head of 90 ft and a flow rate of 1000 gal/min
at BEP. Determine the correct (a) impeller diameter, (b)
speed in r/min, and (c) horsepower required.
Tests by the Byron Jackson Co. of a 14.62-in-diameter
centrifugal water pump at 2134 r/min yield the following data: Q, ft3/s 0 2 4 6 8 10 H, ft 340 340 340 330 300 220 bhp 135 160 205 255 330 330 | v v What is the BEP? What is the specific speed? Estimate
the maximum discharge possible. | e-Text Main Menu | P11.29 If the scaling laws are applied to the pump of Prob.
11.28 for the same impeller diameter, determine (a) the
speed for which the shutoff head will be 280 ft, (b) the
speed for which the BEP flow rate will be 8.0 ft3/s, and
(c) the speed for which the BEP conditions will require
P11.30 A pump from the same family as Prob. 11.28 is built with
D 18 in and a BEP power of 250 hp for gasoline (not
water). Using the scaling laws, estimate the resulting (a)
speed in r/min, (b) flow rate at BEP, and (c) shutoff head.
P11.31 Figure P11.31 shows performance data for the Taco, Inc.,
model 4010 pump. Compute the ratios of measured shutoff head to the ideal value U2/g for all seven impeller
sizes. Determine the average and standard deviation of
this ratio, and compare it to the average of 0.58 0.02
for the seven impellers in Fig. P11.24. Comment on your
results. Textbook Table of Contents | Study Guide 760 Chapter 11 Turbomachinery P11.32 P11.33 P11.34 P11.35 Determine if the seven Taco, Inc., impeller sizes in Fig.
P11.31 can be collapsed into a single dimensionless chart
of CH, CP, and versus CQ, as in Fig. 11.8. Comment
on the results.
Clearly the maximum efficiencies of the pumps in Figs.
P11.24 and P11.31 decrease with impeller size. Compare
max for these two pump families with both the Moody
and the Anderson correlations, Eqs. (11.29). Use the central impeller size as a comparison point.
You are asked to consider a pump geometrically similar
to the 9-in-diameter pump of Fig. P11.31 to deliver 1200
gal/min at 1500 r/min. Determine the appropriate (a) impeller diameter, (b) BEP horsepower, (c) shutoff head,
and (d) maximum efficiency. The fluid is kerosine, not
An 18-in-diameter centrifugal pump, running at 880
r/min with water at 20°C, generates the following performance data: Q, gal/min 0.0 2000 4000 6000 8000 10,000 H, ft 92 89 84 78 68 50 P, hp 100 112 130 143 156 163 P11.36 P11.37 P11.38
EES Determine (a) the BEP, (b) the maximum efficiency, and
(c) the specific speed. (d) Plot the required input power
versus the flow rate.
Plot the dimensionless performance curves for the pump
of Prob. 11.35 and compare with Fig. 11.8. Find the appropriate diameter in inches and speed in r/min for a geometrically similar pump to deliver 400 gal/min against a
head of 200 ft. What brake horsepower would be required?
The efficiency of a centrifugal pump can be approximated
by the curve fit
aQ bQ3, where a and b are constants. For this approximation, (a) what is the ratio of Q*
at BEP to Qmax? If the maximum efficiency is 88 percent, what is the efficiency at (b) 1 Qmax and (c) 4 Q*?
A 6.85-in pump, running at 3500 r/min, has the following measured performance for water at 20°C: Q, gal/min 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 400 450 H, ft 201 200 198 194 189 181 169 156 139 ,% 29 50 64 72 77 80 81 79 74 | v v P11.39 (a) Estimate the horsepower at BEP. If this pump is
rescaled in water to provide 20 bhp at 3000 r/min, determine the appropriate (b) impeller diameter, (c) flow
rate, and (d) efficiency for this new condition.
The Allis-Chalmers D30LR centrifugal compressor delivers 33,000 ft3/min of SO2 with a pressure change from | e-Text Main Menu | 14.0 to 18.0 lbf/in2 absolute using an 800-hp motor at
3550 r/min. What is the overall efficiency? What will the
flow rate and p be at 3000 r/min? Estimate the diameter of the impeller.
P11.40 The specific speed Ns, as defined by Eqs. (11.30), does
not contain the impeller diameter. How then should we
size the pump for a given Ns? Logan  suggests a parameter called the specific diameter Ds, which is a dimensionless combination of Q, gH, and D. (a) If Ds is
proportional to D, determine its form. (b) What is the relationship, if any, of Ds to CQ*, CH*, and CP*? (c) Estimate Ds for the two pumps of Figs. 11.8 and 11.13.
P11.41 It is desired to build a centrifugal pump geometrically
similar to that of Prob. 11.28 to deliver 6500 gal/min of
gasoline at 20°C at 1060 r/min. Estimate the resulting (a)
impeller diameter, (b) head, (c) brake horsepower, and
(d) maximum efficiency.
P11.42 An 8-in model pump delivering 180°F water at 800
gal/min and 2400 r/min begins to cavitate when the inlet
pressure and velocity are 12 lbf/in2 absolute and 20 ft/s,
respectively. Find the required NPSH of a prototype
which is 4 times larger and runs at 1000 r/min.
P11.43 The 28-in-diameter pump in Fig. 11.7a at 1170 r/min is used
to pump water at 20°C through a piping system at 14,000
gal/min. (a) Determine the required brake horsepower. The
average friction factor is 0.018. (b) If there is 65 ft of 12-indiameter pipe upstream of the pump, how far below the surface should the pump inlet be placed to avoid cavitation?
P11.44 The pump of Prob. 11.28 is scaled up to an 18-in diameter, operating in water at best efficiency at 1760 r/min.
The measured NPSH is 16 ft, and the friction loss between the inlet and the pump is 22 ft. Will it be sufficient
to avoid cavitation if the pump inlet is placed 9 ft below
the surface of a sea-level reservoir?
P11.45 Determine the specific speeds of the seven Taco, Inc.,
pump impellers in Fig. P11.24. Are they appropriate for
centrifugal designs? Are they approximately equal within
experimental uncertainty? If not, why not?
P11.46 The answer to Prob. 11.40 is that the dimensionless “specific diameter” takes the form Ds D(gH*)1/4/Q*1/2,
evaluated at the BEP. Data collected by the author for 30
different pumps indicate, in Fig. P11.46, that Ds correlates well with specific speed Ns. Use this figure to estimate the appropriate impeller diameter for a pump which
delivers 20,000 gal/min of water and a head of 400 ft
when running at 1200 r/min. Suggest a curve-fit formula
to the data. Hint: Use a hyperbolic formula.
P11.47 A typical household basement sump pump provides a
discharge of 5 gal/min against a head of 15 ft. Estimate
(a) the maximum efficiency and (b) the minimum horsepower required to drive such a pump at 1750 r/min. Textbook Table of Contents | Study Guide Problems 761 20
0 Data from 30 different pump designs 0 500 1000 1500 2000 2500 3000 3500 2
0 Data from 30 different pump designs 0 500 1000 1500 Ns Fig. P11.46 Specific diameter at BEP for 30 commercial pumps.
P11.48 P11.49 Compute the specific speeds for the pumps in Probs.
11.28, 11.35, and 11.38 plus the median sizes in Figs.
P11.24 and P11.31. Then determine if their maximum efficiencies match the values predicted in Fig. 11.14.
Data collected by the author for flow coefficient at BEP
for 30 different pumps are plotted versus specific speed
in Fig. P11.49. Determine if the values of C* for the five
pumps in Prob. 11.48 also fit on this correlation. If so,
suggest a curve-fitted formula for the data. 0.400 P11.52 P11.53 Data from 30 different pump designs 0.300
Q P11.55 0.150
0 500 1000 1500 2000 2500 3000 3500 NS Fig. P11.49 Flow coefficient at BEP for 30 commercial
pumps. P11.51 Data collected by the author for power coefficient at BEP
for 30 different pumps are plotted versus specific speed
in Fig. P11.50. Determine if the values of C * for the five
pumps in Prob. 11.48 also fit on this correlation. If so,
suggest a curve-fitted formula for the data.
An axial-flow pump delivers 40 ft3/s of air which enters
at 20°C and 1 atm. The flow passage has a 10-in outer
radius and an 8-in inner radius. Blade angles are 1
60° and 2 70°, and the rotor runs at 1800 r/min. For
the first stage compute (a) the head rise and (b) the power
required. | v v P11.50 | 2500 3000 3500 Fig. P11.50 Power coefficient at BEP for 30 commercial pumps. P11.54 0.350 2000
Ns e-Text Main Menu | P11.57 An axial-flow fan operates in sea-level air at 1200 r/min
and has a blade-tip diameter of 1 m and a root diameter
of 80 cm. The inlet angles are 1 55° and 1 30°,
while at the outlet 2 60°. Estimate the theoretical values of the (a) flow rate, (b) horsepower, and (c) outlet
If the axial-flow pump of Fig. 11.13 is used to deliver
70,000 gal/min of 20°C water at 1170 r/min, estimate (a)
the proper impeller diameter, (b) the shutoff head, (c) the
shutoff horsepower, and (d) p at best efficiency.
The Colorado River Aqueduct uses Worthington Corp.
pumps which deliver 200 ft3/s at 450 r/min against a head
of 440 ft. What types of pump are these? Estimate the
We want to pump 70°C water at 20,000 gal/min and 1800
r/min. Estimate the type of pump, the horsepower required, and the impeller diameter if the required pressure
rise for one stage is (a) 170 kPa and (b) 1350 kPa.
A pump is needed to deliver 40,000 gal/min of gasoline
at 20°C against a head of 90 ft. Find the impeller size,
speed, and brake horsepower needed to use the pump
families of (a) Fig. 11.8 and (b) Fig. 11.13. Which is the
Performance data for a 21-in-diameter air blower running
at 3550 r/min are as follows: p, inH2O 29 30 28 21 10 Q, ft3/min 500 1000 2000 3000 4000 6 8 12 18 25 bhp Note the fictitious expression of pressure rise in terms of
water rather than air. What is the specific speed? How
does the performance compare with Fig. 11.8? What are
C Q, C H, and C *?
P Textbook Table of Contents | Study Guide Chapter 11 Turbomachinery P11.58 P11.59 P11.60 P11.61 P11.62 P11.63 P11.64 P11.65 P11.66 P11.67
EES The Worthington Corp. model A-12251 water pump, operating at maximum efficiency, produces 53 ft of head at
3500 r/min, 1.1 bhp at 3200 r/min, and 60 gal/min at 2940
r/min. What type of pump is this? What is its efficiency,
and how does this compare with Fig. 11.14? Estimate the
Suppose it is desired to deliver 700 ft3/min of propane
gas (molecular weight 44.06) at 1 atm and 20°C with
a single-stage pressure rise of 8.0 inH2O. Determine the
appropriate size and speed for using the pump families
of (a) Prob. 11.57 and (b) Fig. 11.13. Which is the better design?
A 45-hp pump is desired to generate a head of 200 ft
when running at BEP with 20°C gasoline at 1200 r/min.
Using the correlations in Figs. P11.49 and P11.50, determine the appropriate (a) specific speed, (b) flow rate,
and (c) impeller diameter.
A mine ventilation fan, running at 295 r/min, delivers 500
m3/s of sea-level air with a pressure rise of 1100 Pa. Is
this fan axial, centrifugal, or mixed? Estimate its diameter in ft. If the flow rate is increased 50 percent for the
same diameter, by what percentage will the pressure rise
The actual mine ventilation fan discussed in Prob. 11.61
had a diameter of 20 ft [20, p. 339]. What would be the
proper diameter for the pump family of Fig. 11.14 to provide 500 m3/s at 295 r/min and BEP? What would be the
resulting pressure rise in Pa?
The 36.75-in pump in Fig. 11.7a at 1170 r/min is used
to pump water at 60°F from a reservoir through 1000 ft
of 12-in-ID galvanized-iron pipe to a point 200 ft above
the reservoir surface. What flow rate and brake horsepower will result? If there is 40 ft of pipe upstream of
the pump, how far below the surface should the pump inlet be placed to avoid cavitation?
In Prob. 11.63 the operating point is off design at an efficiency of only 77 percent. Is it possible, with the similarity rules, to change the pump rotation speed to deliver
the water near BEP? Explain your results.
The 38-in pump of Fig. 11.7a is used in series to lift 20°C
water 3000 ft through 4000 ft of 18-in-ID cast-iron pipe.
For most efficient operation, how many pumps in series
are needed if the rotation speed is (a) 710 r/min and (b)
It is proposed to run the pump of Prob. 11.35 at 880 r/min
to pump water at 20°C through the system in Fig. P11.66.
The pipe is 20-cm-diameter commercial steel. What flow
rate in ft3/min will result? Is this an efficient application?
The pump of Prob. 11.35, running at 880 r/min, is to
pump water at 20°C through 75 m of horizontal galvanized-iron pipe. All other system losses are neglected. | v v 762 | e-Text Main Menu | 3m
8m 4m 20 m 12 m P11.66 P11.68 P11.69 P11.70 Determine the flow rate and input power for (a) pipe diameter 20 cm and (b) the pipe diameter found to yield
maximum pump efficiency.
A 24-in pump is homologous to the 32-in pump in Fig.
11.7a. At 1400 r/min this pump delivers 12,000 gal/min
of water from one reservoir through a long pipe to another 50 ft higher. What will the flow rate be if the pump
speed is increased to 1750 r/min? Assume no change in
pipe friction factor or efficiency.
The pump of Prob. 11.38, running at 3500 r/min, is used
to deliver water at 20°C through 600 ft of cast-iron pipe
to an elevation 100 ft higher. Determine (a) the proper
pipe diameter for BEP operation and (b) the flow rate
which results if the pipe diameter is 3 in.
The pump of Prob. 11.28, operating at 2134 r/min, is used
with 20°C water in the system of Fig. P11.70. (a) If it is
operating at BEP, what is the proper elevation z2? (b) If
z2 225 ft, what is the flow rate if d 8 in.?
z1 = 100 ft 1500 ft of
cast-iron pipe Pump P11.70
P11.71 P11.72 The pump of Prob. 11.38, running at 3500 r/min, delivers water at 20°C through 7200 ft of horizontal 5-in-diameter commercial-steel pipe. There are a sharp entrance,
sharp exit, four 90° elbows, and a gate valve. Estimate
(a) the flow rate if the valve is wide open and (b) the
valve closing percentage which causes the pump to operate at BEP. (c) If the latter condition holds continuously
for 1 year, estimate the energy cost at 10 ¢/kWh.
Performance data for a small commercial pump are as
follows: Q, gal/min 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 H, ft 75 75 74 72 68 62 47 24 Textbook Table of Contents | Study Guide Problems 763 P11.73 P11.74 P11.75 This pump supplies 20°C water to a horizontal 5 -in8
diameter garden hose (
0.01 in) which is 50 ft long.
Estimate (a) the flow rate and (b) the hose diameter which
would cause the pump to operate at BEP.
The piston pump of Fig. P11.9 is run at 1500 r/min to
deliver SAE 10W oil through 100 m of vertical 2-cm-diameter wrought-iron pipe. If other system losses are neglected, estimate (a) the flow rate, (b) the pressure rise,
and (c) the power required.
The 32-in pump in Fig. 11.7a is used at 1170 r/min in a
system whose head curve is Hs (ft) 100 1.5Q2, with
Q in thousands of gallons of water per minute. Find the
discharge and brake horsepower required for (a) one
pump, (b) two pumps in parallel, and (c) two pumps in
series. Which configuration is best?
Two 35-in pumps from Fig. 11.7b are installed in parallel for the system of Fig. P11.75. Neglect minor losses.
For water at 20°C, estimate the flow rate and power required if (a) both pumps are running and (b) one pump
is shut off and isolated. P11.80 P11.81 P11.82 It is proposed to use one 32- and one 28-in pump from Fig.
11.7a in parallel to deliver water at 60°F. The system-head
curve is Hs 50 0.3Q2, with Q in thousands of gallons
per minute. What will the head and delivery be if both
pumps run at 1170 r/min? If the 28-in pump is reduced below 1170 r/min, at what speed will it cease to deliver?
Reconsider the system of Fig. P6.68. Use the Byron Jackson pump of Prob. 11.28 running at 2134 r/min, no scaling, to drive the flow. Determine the resulting flow rate
between the reservoirs. What is the pump efficiency?
The S-shaped head-versus-flow curve in Fig. P11.82 occurs in some axial-flow pumps. Explain how a fairly flat
system-loss curve might cause instabilities in the operation of the pump. How might we avoid instability? H
z2 = 300 ft 0 Q P11.82
1 statute mile
of cast-iron pipe,
24-in diameter z 1 = 200 ft P11.83 Two pumps P11.75 P11.77 P11.78
EES P11.79 Two 32-in pumps from Fig. 11.7a are combined in parallel to deliver water at 60°F through 1500 ft of horizontal pipe. If f 0.025, what pipe diameter will ensure
a flow rate of 35,000 gal/min for n 1170 r/min?
Two pumps of the type tested in Prob. 11.22 are to be
used at 2140 r/min to pump water at 20°C vertically upward through 100 m of commercial-steel pipe. Should
they be in series or in parallel? What is the proper pipe
diameter for most efficient operation?
Suppose that the two pumps in Fig. P11.75 are modified
to be in series, still at 710 r/min. What pipe diameter is
required for BEP operation?
Two 32-in pumps from Fig. 11.7a are to be used in series at 1170 r/min to lift water through 500 ft of vertical
cast-iron pipe. What should the pipe diameter be for most
efficient operation? Neglect minor losses. | v v P11.76 | e-Text Main Menu | The low-shutoff head-versus-flow curve in Fig. P11.83
occurs in some centrifugal pumps. Explain how a fairly
flat system-loss curve might cause instabilities in the operation of the pump. What additional vexation occurs
when two of these pumps are in parallel? How might we
avoid instability? H 0 Q P11.83
P11.84 Turbines are to be installed where the net head is 400 ft
and the flow rate 250,000 gal/min. Discuss the type, num- Textbook Table of Contents | Study Guide 764 Chapter 11 Turbomachinery P11.85 P11.86 P11.87 ber, and size of turbine which might be selected if the
generator selected is (a) 48-pole, 60-cycle (n 150
r/min) and (b) 8-pole (n 900 r/min). Why are at least
two turbines desirable from a planning point of view?
Turbines at the Conowingo Plant on the Susquehanna
River each develop 54,000 bhp at 82 r/min under a head
of 89 ft. What type of turbines are these? Estimate the
flow rate and impeller diameter.
The Tupperware hydroelectric plant on the Blackstone
River has four 36-in-diameter turbines, each providing
447 kW at 200 r/min and 205 ft3/s for a head of 30 ft.
What type of turbines are these? How does their performance compare with Fig. 11.21?
An idealized radial turbine is shown in Fig. P11.87. The
absolute flow enters at 30° and leaves radially inward.
The flow rate is 3.5 m3/s of water at 20°C. The blade
thickness is constant at 10 cm. Compute the theoretical
power developed at 100 percent efficiency. Vr 2
r / min P11.90
P11.92 V2 b = 10 cm V1 1.2 m Vr 1 P11.93
30° b = 20 cm At a proposed turbine installation the available head is
800 ft, and the water flow rate is 40,000 gal/min. Discuss the size, speed, and number of turbines which might
be suitable for this purpose while using (a) a Pelton wheel
and (b) a Francis wheel.
Figure P11.93 shows a cutaway of a cross-flow or
“Banki’’ turbine , which resembles a squirrel cage
with slotted curved blades. The flow enters at about 2
o’clock, passes through the center and then again through
the blades, leaving at about 8 o’clock. Report to the class
on the operation and advantages of this design, including idealized velocity vector diagrams. 40 cm 135 r / min 70 cm Flow P11.87 P11.89 P11.90 P11.91 A certain turbine in Switzerland delivers 25,000 bhp at
500 r/min under a net head of 5330 ft. What type of turbine is this? Estimate the approximate discharge and size.
A Pelton wheel of 12-ft pitch diameter operates under a
net head of 2000 ft. Estimate the speed, power output,
and flow rate for best efficiency if the nozzle exit diameter is 4 in.
An idealized radial turbine is shown in Fig. P11.90. The
absolute flow enters at 25° with the blade angles as
shown. The flow rate is 8 m3/s of water at 20°C. The
blade thickness is constant at 20 cm. Compute the theoretical power developed at 100 percent efficiency.
The flow through an axial-flow turbine can be idealized
by modifying the stator-rotor diagrams of Fig. 11.12 for
energy absorption. Sketch a suitable blade and flow
arrangement and the associated velocity vector diagrams.
For further details see chap. 8 of Ref. 25. | v v P11.88 | e-Text Main Menu | Flow P11.93
P11.94 A simple cross-flow turbine, Fig. P11.93, was constructed
and tested at the University of Rhode Island. The blades
were made of PVC pipe cut lengthwise into three 120°arc pieces. When it was tested in water at a head of 5.3
ft and a flow rate of 630 gal/min, the measured power Textbook Table of Contents | Study Guide Word Problems P11.95 output was 0.6 hp. Estimate (a) the efficiency and (b) the
power specific speed if n 200 rev/min.
One can make a theoretical estimate of the proper diameter for a penstock in an impulse turbine installation, as
in Fig. P11.95. Let L and H be known, and let the turbine performance be idealized by Eqs. (11.38) and
(11.39). Account for friction loss hf in the penstock, but
neglect minor losses. Show that (a) the maximum power
is generated when hf H/3, (b) the optimum jet velocity is (4gH/3)1/2, and (c) the best nozzle diameter is
Dj [D5/(2 f L)]1/4, where f is the pipe-friction factor. 765 1
Reservoir (11.20), the empirical criterion given by Wislicenus 
for cavitation is
Dj Penstock: L, D P11.100 Vj P11.95
EES P11.98 P11.99 Apply the results of Prob. 11.95 to determining the optimum (a) penstock diameter and (b) nozzle diameter for
the data of Prob. 11.92 with a commercial-steel penstock
of length 1500 ft.
Consider the following nonoptimum version of Prob.
11.95: H 450 m, L 5 km, D 1.2 m, Dj
The penstock is concrete,
1 mm. The impulse wheel
diameter is 3.2 m. Estimate (a) the power generated by
the wheel at 80 percent efficiency and (b) the best speed
of the wheel in r/min. Neglect minor losses.
Francis and Kaplan turbines are often provided with draft
tubes, which lead the exit flow into the tailwater region,
as in Fig. P11.98. Explain at least two advantages in using a draft tube.
Turbines can also cavitate when the pressure at point 1
in Fig. P11.98 drops too low. With NPSH defined by Eq. (r/min)(gal/min)1/2
[NPSH (ft)]3/4 Nss H P11.101 P11.102 P11.103 11,000 Use this criterion to compute how high z1 z2, the impeller eye in Fig. P11.98, can be placed for a Francis turbine with a head of 300 ft, Nsp 40, and pa 14 lbf/in2
absolute before cavitation occurs in 60°F water.
One of the largest wind generators in operation today is
the ERDA/NASA two-blade propeller HAWT in Sandusky, Ohio. The blades are 125 ft in diameter and reach
maximum power in 19 mi/h winds. For this condition estimate (a) the power generated in kW, (b) the rotor speed
in r/min, and (c) the velocity V2 behind the rotor.
A Darrieus VAWT in operation in Lumsden, Saskatchewan,
that is 32 ft high and 20 ft in diameter sweeps out an area
of 432 ft2. Estimate (a) the maximum power and (b) the
rotor speed if it is operating in 16 mi/h winds.
An American 6-ft diameter multiblade HAWT is used to
pump water to a height of 10 ft through 3-in-diameter
cast-iron pipe. If the winds are 12 mi/h, estimate the rate
of water flow in gal/min.
A very large Darrieus VAWT was constructed by the U.S.
Department of Energy near Sandia, New Mexico. It is
60 ft high and 30 ft in diameter, with a swept area of
1200 ft2. If the turbine is constrained to rotate at 90 r/min,
use Fig. 11.31 to plot the predicted power output in kW
versus wind speed in the range V 5 to 40 mi/h. Word Problems
We know that an enclosed rotating bladed impeller will
impart energy to a fluid, usually in the form of a pressure rise, but how does it actually happen? Discuss, with
sketches, the physical mechanisms through which an impeller actually transfers energy to a fluid. | v v W11.1 | e-Text Main Menu | W11.2 Dynamic pumps (as opposed to PDPs) have difficulty
moving highly viscous fluids. Lobanoff and Ross 
suggest the following rule of thumb: D (in)
0.015 / water, where D is the diameter of the discharge
pipe. For example, SAE 30W oil ( 300 water) should Textbook Table of Contents | Study Guide 766 Chapter 11 Turbomachinery W11.3 W11.4 W11.5 W11.6 require at least a 4.5-in outlet. Can you explain some reasons for this limitation?
The concept of NPSH dictates that liquid dynamic pumps
should generally be immersed below the surface. Can
you explain this? What is the effect of increasing the liquid temperature?
For nondimensional fan performance, Wallis  suggests that the head coefficient should be replaced by
FTP/( n2D2), where FTP is the fan total pressure change.
Explain the usefulness of this modification.
Performance data for centrifugal pumps, even if well
scaled geometrically, show a decrease in efficiency with
decreasing impeller size. Discuss some physical reasons
why this is so.
Consider a dimensionless pump performance chart such
as Fig. 11.8. What additional dimensionless parameters might modify or even destroy the similarity indicated in
W11.7 One parameter not discussed in this text is the number
of blades on an impeller. Do some reading on this subject, and report to the class about its effect on pump performance.
W11.8 Explain why some pump performance curves may lead
to unstable operating conditions.
W11.9 Why are Francis and Kaplan turbines generally considered unsuitable for hydropower sites where the available
head exceeds 1000 ft?
W11.10 Do some reading on the performance of the free propeller
that is used on small, low-speed aircraft. What dimensionless parameters are typically reported for the data?
How do the performance and efficiency compare with
those for the axial-flow pump? Comprehensive Problems
C11.1 The net head of a little aquarium pump is given by the manufacturer as a function of volume flow rate as listed below:
Q, m3/s H, mH2O 0
5.0 C11.2 1.10
E-6 C11.3 What is the maximum achievable flow rate if you use this
pump to pump water from the lower reservoir to the upper
reservoir as shown in Fig. C11.1? Note: The tubing is C11.4 Q
0.80 m C11.5 Pump
Q | v v C11.1 | e-Text Main Menu | smooth with an inner diameter of 5.0 mm and a total length
of 29.8 m. The water is at room temperature and pressure.
Minor losses in the system can be neglected.
Reconsider Prob. 6.68 as an exercise in pump selection. Select an impeller size and rotational speed from the Byron
Jackson pump family of Prob. 11.28 which will deliver a
flow rate of 3 ft3/s to the system of Fig. P6.68 at minimum
input power. Calculate the horsepower required.
Reconsider Prob. 6.77 as an exercise in turbine selection.
Select an impeller size and rotational speed from the Francis turbine family of Fig. 11.21d which will deliver maximum power generated by the turbine. Calculate the turbine
power output and remark on the practicality of your design.
A pump provides a net head H which is dependent on the
volume flow rate Q, as follows: H a bQ2, where a
80 m and b 20 s2/m5. The pump delivers water at 20°C
through a horizontal 30-cm-diameter cast-iron pipe which
is 120 m long. The pressures at the inlet and exit of the system are the same. Neglecting minor losses, calculate the expected volume flow rate in gal/min.
In Prob. 11.23, estimate the efficiency of the pump in two
ways: (a) Read it directly from Fig. 11.7b (for the dynamically similar water pump); and (b) Calculate it from Eq.
(11.5) for the actual kerosene flow. Compare your results
and discuss any discrepancies. Textbook Table of Contents | Study Guide References 767 Design Project
D11.1 To save on electricity costs, a town water supply system uses
gravity-driven flow from five large storage tanks during the
day and then refills these tanks from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. at a
cheaper night rate of 7 ¢/kWh. The total resupply needed
each night varies from 5 E5 to 2 E6 gal, with no more than
5 E5 gallons to any one tank. Tank elevations vary from 40
to 100 ft. A single constant-speed pump, drawing from a large
groundwater aquifer and valved into five different cast-iron
tank supply lines, does this job. Distances from the pump to
the five tanks vary more or less evenly from 1 to 3 mi. Each
line averages one elbow every 100 ft and has four butterfly
valves which can be controlled at any desirable angle. Select
a suitable pump family from one of the six data sets in this chapter: Figs. 11.8, P11.24, and P11.31 plus Probs. 11.28,
11.35, and 11.38. Assume ideal similarity (no Reynolds-number or pump roughness effects). The goal is to determine
pump and pipeline sizes which achieve minimum total cost
over a 5-year period. Some suggested cost data are
1. Pump and motor: $2500 plus $1500 per inch of pipe
2. Valves: $100 plus $100 per inch of pipe size
3. Pipelines: 50¢ per inch of diameter per foot of length
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