Journal of Thermal Science

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 54–59 | Cite as

Computational study on the influence of number of threads on the performance of single screw pump at high angular velocities

  • Jaison Philip
  • Abhilash Suryan
  • T.V. Sanand
  • P. Unnikrishnan Nair
  • S. Sivakumar


Fluid flow in a screw pump which rotates at very high angular velocity is numerically analyzed. In the present study, fluid flow in screw pumps under high Reynolds number, of the order of 105, is considered. Screw pump has two major elements, a plain shroud which is a stationary element and a rotating hub with helical grooves contained within the shroud. In this paper, three variants of hubs with different number of thread starts numbering six, eight and twelve in combination with a plain shroud is studied. Each of the three possible combinations are analyzed on the basis of pressure rise developed, efficiency and shaft power. It was seen that pressure rise, efficiency and shaft power increases as the number of threads increases in the range of mass flow rates studied.


Screw pump Turbulent flow Angular velocity 



Hydraulic diameter of the screw channel (m)


Height of the screw thread (m)


Pressure (Pa)


Average radius of the fluid domain (m)


Reynolds number, 1111111


Velocity in x direction (m/s)


Velocity in y direction (m/s)


Average velocity of the fluid in the screw channel


Turbulent kinetic energy


Velocity Vector


Velocity in z direction (m/s)


Cross sectional base width of the screw thread

ß, ß*

Turbulence model constants


Turbulence dissipation rate


Dynamic viscosity of the simulating fluid (kg/m-s)


Density of the simulating fluid (kg/m3)


Turbulence model constants


Specific dissipation rate


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jaison Philip
    • 1
  • Abhilash Suryan
    • 1
  • T.V. Sanand
    • 2
  • P. Unnikrishnan Nair
    • 2
  • S. Sivakumar
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringCollege of Engineering TrivandrumKeralaIndia
  2. 2.Turbo Pump DivisionLPSC, ValiamalaTrivandrumIndia
  3. 3.Department of Mechanical EngineeringRajadhani Institute Engineering & TechnologyTrivandrumIndia

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