Multi-objective optimization of the hydrodynamic performance of the second stage of a multi-phase pump

Jun Won Suh, Jin Woo Kim, Young Seok Choi, Jin Hyuk Kim, Won Gu Joo, Kyoung Yong Lee

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Most multi-phase pumps used in crude oil production have been developed to satisfy certain pressure specifications. In the design of these pumps, the flow characteristics of the posterior stage are different from those of the prior stage. For this reason, the design of the second stage needs to be supplemented. To optimize performance in this stage, multi-objective optimization to simultaneously increase pressure and efficiency is reported in this article. Flow analyses of the single and multiple phases of the multi-phase pump were conducted by solving three-dimensional steady Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes equations. For the numerical optimization, two design variables related to the blade inlet angle were selected. The impeller and the diffuser blades were optimized using a systematic optimization technique combined with a central composite method and a hybrid multi-objective evolutionary algorithm coupled with a surrogate model. The selected optimal model yielded better hydrodynamic performance than the base model, and reasons for this are investigated through internal flow field analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1334
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Acknowledgments: This research was supported by the Industrial Infrastructure Program through The Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology (KIAT) grant, funded by the Korea Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy (No. N0000502), and partly through a grant (No. 10044860) from the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology Evaluation and Planning (ITEP) that is funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning. The authors are grateful for this support.

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© 2017 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Energy (miscellaneous)
  • Control and Optimization
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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