The present paper illustrates the setup and the preliminary results of an experimental investigation of cavitation flow instabilities carried out by means of a high-speed camera on a three-bladed inducer in the cavitating pump rotordynamic test facility (CPRTF) at Alta S.p.A. The brightness thresholding technique adopted for cavitation recognition is described and implemented in a semi-automatic algorithm. In order to test the capabilities of the algorithm, the mean frontal cavitating area has been computed under different operating conditions. The tip cavity length has also been evaluated as a function of time. Inlet pressure signal and video acquisitions have been synchronized in order to analyze possible cavitation fluid-dynamic instabilities both optically and by means of pressure fluctuation analysis. Fourier analysis showed the occurrence of a cavity length oscillation at a frequency of , which corresponds to the frequency of the rotating stall instability detected by means of pressure oscillation analysis.
Setup of a High-Speed Optical System for the Characterization of Flow Instabilities Generated by Cavitation
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Cervone, A., Bramanti, C., Torre, L., Fotino, D., and d’Agostino, L. (January 15, 2007). "Setup of a High-Speed Optical System for the Characterization of Flow Instabilities Generated by Cavitation." ASME. J. Fluids Eng. July 2007; 129(7): 877–885. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.2742738
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