B.S., Brigham Young University, Provo UT, 2013
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Experimental and Analytical investigation of Axial Piston Pump
Axial piston pumps continue to have an extremely high power to weight ratio thus making them desirable in many applications. however, many of these pumps have experienced issues in the lubricating films causing extreme wear and failure. A numerical analysis of various lubricating gaps in the pump is performed using both the Reynolds Lubrication Equation and the full Navier-Stokes to analyze flow, pressure, and cavitation in the pumps. With this numerical model new geometries can be introduced to try to reduce cavitation and provide better lubricating gaps. An experimental model has been created and through the use of proximity probes, is able to measure the size and movement of the lubricant gaps in the pump, which is corroborated with the analytic results.