A finite element method for the solution of rotary pumps. (English) Zbl 1177.76197

Summary: We present in this paper a numerical strategy for the simulation of rotary positive displacement pumps, taking as an example a gear pump. While the two gears of the pump are rotating, the intersection between them changes in time. Therefore, the computational domain should be recomputed in some way at each time step. The strategy used here consists in dividing a cycle into a certain number of time steps and obtaining different computational meshes for each of these time steps. The coupling between two consecutive time steps is achieved by interpolating the flow unknowns in a proper way. This geometrical decomposition enables one to have a plain control over the mesh, particularly in the zones of interest, which are the gap between the gears and the casing, and the engagement and disengagement zones of the gears.


76M10 Finite element methods applied to problems in fluid mechanics
76U05 General theory of rotating fluids
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