2.25: Advanced Fluid Dynamics
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 Problem 5.08: Jet Pump

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The device connected between compartments A and B is a simplified version of a jet pump. A jet (or ejector) pump is a device which uses a small, very high-speed jet with relatively low volume flow rate to move fluid at much larger volume flow rates against a pressure differential D p, as shown in the figure.

The pump in the figure consists of a contoured inlet section leading to a pipe segment of constant area A2. A small jet draws fluid from compartment A and ejects it at high velocity Vj and area Aj at the entrance plane (1) of the constant-area pipe segment. Between (1) and (2), the jet (the "primary" stream) and the secondary fluid flow which is drawn in from compartment A via the contoured inlet section mix in a viscous, turbulent fashion and eventually, at station (2), emerge as an essentially uniform-velocity stream. The pump operates in steady state.

To simplify the analysis, we make several physical assumptions that are not unreasonable. We assume

  • that the flow is incompressible
  • that the flow from compartment A to station (1) is inviscid,
  • that, although viscous forces cause the turbulent mixing process between (1) and (2), the shear force exerted on the walls between those stations is small compared with DpA2,
  • that gravitational effects are negligible, the flow being horizontal.

We also make two assumption about operating conditions that are also reasonable and considerably simplify the mathematics involved in the analysis:

Aj << A2     and      VjAj << V2A2

(a) Derive an expression for Dp as a function of the total volume flow rate Q from compartment A to compartment B. The given quantities are A1, A2, r and Vj. Indicate the volume flow rate Qo when Dp = 0 (the "short-circuit" volume flow rate) and the pressure Dp0 at which Q = 0. Write the pressure-volume flow rate relationship in universal dimensionless form as Dp/Dp0 vs Q/Q0 and sketch it for positive values of pressure This is the “pump curve” in dimensionless form.

Show that for Aj << A2, Q0 >> VjAj.

(b) Sketch the pressure distributions along the line a-b for the cases Dp = 0 and Dp > 0.
(c) Is your formulation in (a) valid when Q=0, i.e. when the total volume flow rate from A to B is zero? Explain. What is the minimum value Qmin of Q for which your formulation in (a) is valid?