In this tutorial, we will simulate a gear pump that drives a flow of water. This tutorial makes use of the Immersed Solids capability of ANSYS CFX in order to model a solid that moves through a fluid. For more details see CFX Tutorial chapter 27.

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Details of Gear Pump Model with inner and outer Rotor


The outlet has an average relative static pressure of 7000 Pa; the relative total pressure at the inlet is 0 Pa. The inner rotor (gear) rotates at a rate of 7 rev/s; the outer rotor rotates at 6 rev/s. The diameter of the fluid region between the rotors is approximately 7.3 cm.

An immersed solid domain is used to model the inner rotor, a rotating fluid domain to model the water immediately surrounding the inner rotor, and a stationary fluid domain to model the water in the inlet and outlet channels. To model the stationary pump housing (not shown in the figure), a counter-rotating wall condition is applied to the top (high Z) surface of the rotating fluid domain, on the non-overlap portion (which lies between the inlet and outlet channels). To model the upper surfaces of the teeth of the outer rotor, a rotating wall condition is applied on the non-overlap portions of the lower (low Z) surfaces of the inlet and outlet chambers.


Video 1: Video Animation of rotating Gear Pump