Achieving Innovation in Industrial Pump Design with SOLIDWORKS Solutions
DEVELOPING BETTER WAYWith SOLIDWORKS solutions, Caprari has achieved its goals of improving product performance and introducing industry innovations. For example, the company introduced a re-engineered version of the fluid-film thrust bearing for submersible motors, securing a new patent by advancing technology first developed more than a century ago. Specifically, Caprari used SOLIDWORKS design and analysis tools to simplify and enhance the kinematics of fluid-film thrust bearings first developed by George Michell and Albert Kingsbury, resulting in a performance boost of 300 percent. “We used SOLIDWORKS Simulation Premium tools to analyze and optimize our updated design,” Gambigliani says. “By using different materials—rubber, brass, graphite, and steel—and investigating deformation under stress, we were able to optimize the design to use a fixed box and shoes mounted on rubber. This simplification improved performance because it reverses the deformation elasticity skid to increase and retain the interposed lubricant film and permits the rubber of the shoe to oscillate in all directions.”
VIRTUAL PROTOTYPING SAVES TIME AND MONEYCaprari leverages SOLIDWORKS FEA and CFD tools to thoroughly study, validate, and optimize designs in a virtual simulation environment, reducing multiple physical prototyping cycles and the attendant time and cost, as well as reducing scrap and rework on the shop floor by 15 to 25 percent. “Using SOLIDWORKS FEA and CFD analysis capabilities, we can conduct 10 virtual tests on 10 different design options in one month,” Gambigliani notes. “Doing the same thing with actual tests—the way we used to do it—would take at least three months and tens of thousands of euros,” Gambigliani continues. “We have shortened our prototyping/testing cycles and cut their costs by 99 percent through the use of SOLIDWORKS structural and CFD simulations.”
DRIVING FUTURE OF INDUSTRIAL PUMP DESIGNBecause the SOLIDWORKS 3D design and analysis platform provides Caprari with advanced simulation, design optimization, and virtual prototyping tools, the company can continue its successful optimization of established technologies to produce the innovations that are driving the future of industrial pump design. “Many pump designs were first developed more than a century ago, and then refined and improved since then,” Gambigliani stresses. “Only with the power of SOLIDWORKS 3D design and simulation tools—through which new ideas can be developed and investigated—can we give new impetus to the optimization and innovation of pump technology,” Gambigliani adds. “By leveraging ‘virtual testing,’ we can efficiently and affordably study the flow rate, manometric pressure, power, and efficiency of different design concepts, leading to the innovations that will make our products competitive for years to come.”
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- Increased fluid-film thrust-bearing performance in submersible pumps by 300 percent
- Reduced prototyping and testing costs by 99 percent
- Cut prototyping and testing time by 66 percent
- Decreased scrap and rework by 15 to 25 percent
Products(s) Used:SOLIDWORKS Inspection
SolidWorks Flow Simulation