Numerical and experimental investigations were performed to study the effects of blade loading on pump inducer performance and flow fields. To compare the performance of inducers with different blade loadings, a three-dimensional inverse design method was applied to control the blade loading distribution of inducers. This paper has been presented during the ASME 2002 Fluid Engineering Division Summer Meeting.
The CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) analyses and water model tests were performed on these three inducers. Both results showed that the inlet backflow characteristics of the 3-D inverse design inducers are improved from those of the conventional inducer.