From simple household uses to high-end industrial applications, pumps remain a preliminary device make our lives easier. It’s nearly impossible develop many equipments and devices that rely on pressurized fluid streams without utilizing pumping systems. Because of its highly important role, it is evident to place a firm focus on its design for a particular application.
Pump manufacturers around the globe provide customized pumps based on its purpose, requiring considerable design and development time to build the device as per the application. Usually, the development time for pumps takes several months, depending on the type and complexity of its application.
However, pumps designed to handle chemically active fluids require special focus on regulatory policies and material selection, which can stretch the design time from months to several years.
On the contrary, manufacturers are forced to shorten the development time and bring the product to market as soon as possible to meet the customer needs.
While conventional design process takes a lot of time consuming iterative steps to finalize an optimized prototype, it is not a feasible approach in a highly demanding scenario.
Simulation technique is often the only alternative left before the manufacturers to pace up the design and development process.
Benefits of incorporating simulation in the design process include:
Computer aided simulation assists in devising better pumps without investing much of the time in its development. Modern tools provide facilities to re-create actual working scenario, in order to better comprehend the impact of different parameters that affect the pump performance.
Since the design of the pump varies according to its application, it is expensive to have a customized experimental setup for every new design.
On the contrary, simulation methods such as FEA and CFD help in performing fluid and solid mechanics studies simply by defining the physics and boundary conditions.
While a conventional process may consume fair amount of development time, simulation cuts it off to a measurable amount. This is mainly due to the reduced number of prototyping trials required.
Once the design is confirmed through simulations, the prototype can then be developed to perform physical tests. This helps manufacturers provide the opportunity to place their products in the market at the right time.
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About the Author: Mehul Patel specializes in handling CFD projects for Automobile, Aerospace, Oil and Gas and building HVAC sectors.