Optimizing the flow in a pumping station
1: Optimizing the flow in a pumping station
Early 2016, the renewed pumping station of Goudse Hout was delivered. Characteristic for this pumping station is that water from both front and back side has to be pumped out. Water from the rear was brought forward using a bypass.
Upon completion, it was found that the required capacity of the pumping station was not achieved because one pump was not operating correctly and consumed too much energy. In addition, the pumps made a lot of noise, indicating the occurrence of cavitation.
By means of CFD calculations, Omnia Engineering has shown that the inflow of the pumps was not correct. The simulations revealed that due to the construction chosen, large-scale rotations were generated in front of the pumps, which caused them to not operate very well.