3 Replies Latest reply on Dec 30, 2010 11:42 AM by Michael Smith

# Pulsation in internal fluid simulation

We are using a peristaltic pump to move are fluid is there a way to simulate the pulsation of the pump in the simulation?

Maximum conditions:

Static Pressure is 450mmHg

Flow Rate is 600mL/Min

Average conditions

Static Pressure is 280mmHg

Flow Rate is 420mL/Min

What I don't know is how long the pressure is on/off

The pump loop section is aprox. 6" and the I.D. is .325

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From what I have calculated the pump pulses at 70 times a min.

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First, make sure you have it set as a time-dependent problem under  the General Settings.  When you define your boundary condition, pressure  or flowrate, simply click on the "f(x)" button next to the input.  A  new dialog opens where you can change the dependency from constant to a  formula dependent on time or tablular data.  In your case, a formula is  best.

Make sure your pressure units are in mmHg before you define the formula.  Define the formula in terms of A*sin(omega*t)+C.  Using the values you gave, pressure would be: 170*sin(70/(2*pi)*t)+280.  Now you may have to consider that Flow Sim only uses absolute pressure so if the numbers you provided are gage pressures then change the formula to add roughly 760 mmHg (or 14.7 psi) to the constant 280.

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I will give that a try and report what happened.