Theromdynamic effect on a cavitating inducer in liquid nitrogen

Yoshiki Yoshida, Kengo Kikuta, Satoshi Hasegawa, Mitsuru Shimagaki, Noriaki Nakamura, Takashi Tokumasu

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For experimental investigations of the thermodynamic effect on a cavitating inducer, it is neccesary to observe the cavitation. However, visualizations of the cavitation are not so easy in cryogenic flow. For this reason, we estimated the cavity region in liquid nitrogen based on measurements of the pressure fluctuation near the blade tip. The degree of the thermodynamic effect was found to increase with the increase of the cavity length of the tip cavitation. The estimated temperature depression caused by vaporization increased rapidly when the cavity length extended over the throat. In addition, the estimated temperature inside the bubble nearly reached the temperature of the triple point when the pump performance deteriorated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-60
Number of pages7
JournalNihon Kikai Gakkai Ronbunshu, B Hen/Transactions of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, Part B
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Jan


  • Cavitation
  • Inducer
  • Thermodynamic Effect
  • Unsteady Pressure
  • Visualization


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