Abstract The flow passages and rotor system of a coal mine submersible centrifugal pump were built by the 3D software Pro/E, and an unstructured mesh was generated in the passages with the software ICEM. The characteristics of such a multistage pump were estimated through the code CFX at different operating conditions based on the Reynolds timeaveraged Navier-Stokes (RANS) equations combined with the standard k-ε turbulence models and SIMPLEC scheme， and compared with experimental data, their reliability was confirmed. The simulated fluid flow results were input into Ansys Workbench to calculate the modes of the rotor system with two pivots by using fluidstructure interaction method, it was found that the first order critical speed of the rotor system was lower than the pump rotational speed. According to the deformation patterns of the rotor system the rotor system was redesigned with three pivots， the calculated critical speed of the new rotor system met the design requirement. Obviously, the life span of bearings will be extended. The results show that the quick damage of bearings 7217AC/DB and serve erosion of wearrings are mainly due to the too low critical speed of the original rotor system. The critical speed of the threepivot rotor system is higher than the pump rotational speed and it will greatly improve the reliability of both bearings and sealingrings.
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