A Three-Dimensional Design Tool for Crescent Oil Pumps 2008-01-0003
Due to complexities of interaction among gears and crescent-shaped island, a crescent oil pump is one of the most difficult auto components to model using three dimensional Computational Fluid Dynamics(CFD) method. This paper will present a novel approach to address the challenges inherent in crescent oil pump modeling. The new approach is incorporated into the commercial pump design tool PumpLinx from Simerics, Inc.. The new method is applied to simulate a production crescent oil pump with inlet/outlet ports, inner/outer gears, irregular shaped crescent island and tip leakages. The pump performance curve, cavitation effects and pressure ripples are studied using this tool and will be presented in this paper. The results from the simulations are compared to the experiment data with excellent agreement. The present study shows that the proposed computational model is very accurate and robust and can be used as a reliable crescent pump design tool.