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Cavitation erosion risk indicators for a thin gap within a diesel fuel pump

Brunhart, M., Soteriou, C., Daveau, C. , Gavaises, M. ORCID: 0000-0003-0874-8534, Koukouvinis, P. ORCID: 0000-0002-3945-3707 & Winterbourn, M. (2019). Cavitation erosion risk indicators for a thin gap within a diesel fuel pump. Wear, 442-44, article number 203024. doi: 10.1016/j.wear.2019.203024


Real industrial examples have been used to evaluate the viability of several cavitation erosion risk indicators (ERIs). Industry standard endurance tests resulted in non-critical cavitation erosion of a shoe and shoe-guide assembly in a high-pressure fuel pump. A design modification was made which eliminated the erosion. Transient CFD simulations of the two designs were run. The distribution and intensity of the resulting ERIs were evaluated against photographic evidence of erosion taken after endurance testing. Details of the component dynamics and the resulting cavitation formation and collapse are presented, along with an analysis of the ERIs for their potential usefulness. Of the 11 ERIs studied, two were found to be particularly good indicators, one of which is newly derived for this research. It is now anticipated that using these ERIs to guide product design and development will save considerable time and cost.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © Elsevier 2019. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Publisher Keywords: Cavitation erosion, Computation fluid dynamics, Erosion prediction, Thin gap
Subjects: T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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