The resulting profiles and 3D vane are imported into SolidWorks and combined with the hub and shroud profile to form a complete impeller (Figure 4). Utilizing one of Amarinth’s existing casing designs a full 3D CFD analysis can then be performed on the complete pump before commitment to manufacturing. More recently Amarinth have started to utilize CFturbo’s volute design capability to look at producing new casing designs. Initially we have found the tool effective in providing basic geometry. In the future we are looking to use the CFturbo to Workbench plugin for CFD of the entire pump fluid domain (Figure 5).
CFturbo has become an integral part of the Amarinth design suite and enabled the company to continue delivering ever more innovative and cost-effective solutions to many of the world’s leading companies.