Osamu Abe, Tetsuhiro Tsukiji, Takeshi Hara, and Kazutoshi Yasunaga
Manifold blocks are recently used to connect hydraulic components in hydraulic system, which has flow channel inside. They are useful for reducing the size and weight of hydraulic systems. This paper deals with solid manifold block and laminated manifold block. They are different from machining. We investigate pressure drops of their pipe flow with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and compare those of two types. And then, we conduct experiment, measuring pressure and visualization, to validate the results of CFD analysis. By using these results, we are intended to obtain guidelines for pipeline design in laminated manifold block.
Keywords: manifold block, pipe flow, CFD, pressure drop, cavitation