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Category: Pumps

Veolia Taps Xylem Pump Technologies for Global Projects

April 20, 2015 Posted by Chris Wysong

Veoliais teaming up withXylem Inc.to develop water and wastewater pumping and mixing solutions worldwide. Veolia Taps Xylem Pump Technologies for Global Projects By: Stephen Las Marias (Control Engineering Asia) Xylem Inc. has been selected as a preferred partner by Veolia in a major global contract. Under the contract, Xylem will have the opportunity to develop water and wastewater pumping and mixing solutions for all Veolia entities and relevant Veolia projects worldwide. Xylem was selected by Veolia due to the companys large portfolio of high-efficiency, innovative technologies, the sustainable capital and operating costs of its solutions, as well as the companys quality management systems and purposeful efforts to advance sustainable business practices. Xylems global presence and capacity to work with Veolia in markets worldwide were also key determining factors in the decision. To read the rest of this article, visit Control Engineering Asia.

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Pentair®: Inspired Solutions For A Changing World™

April 07, 2015 Posted by Chris Wysong

Pentair has been a trusted name in pumping solutions for more than a century, and this article explains just how theyve made an impact on the industry. Pentair: Inspired Solutions For A Changing World By: Pentair, Ltd. Any mention of pumping solutions and Oil and Gas in the same sentence usually conjures up images of the products, and the more than a century of experience that Pentair provides for this industry. We have two products that we are selling into oil and gas, said George Richert, sales manager, National Accts. One product line is the Aplex reciprocating series of pumps and the other is the ANSI end suction series of pumps. The end suction series are used to transfer fluids from the wellhead to either the salt water disposal sites directly through pipelines or load trucks which transfer the fluid or crude oil to the collection site. The Aplex reciprocating pumps are used in several oil and gas applications where high pressures and modest flows require these quality manufactured

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Centrifugal Pumps

March 20, 2015 Posted by Chris Wysong

Charli K. Matthews of Empowering Pumps gives a detailed outline of the most common type of pump. Centrifugal Pumps By: Charli K. Matthews Centrifugal Pump Basics For those who may not know, centrifugal pumps are the most common type of pump, with a variety of different configurations and applications available. They work by using one or more impellers which are attached to the shaft and rotate with it. This process provides the energy to move the liquid through the pump and can even pressurize it as it moves through the system. In more detail, the pump takes in liquid through its suction port and draws it into the inlet of the impeller. The rotation of the impeller moves the liquid along the pump while at the same time increasing its velocity energy. The liquid moves down the vanes and into either the diffuser casing or pump volute where the diffusion process converts the velocity energy of the liquid into high pressure. The liquid is then sent to the discharge port and into the

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Power Plants Will Spend $3 Billion for Pumps this Year

March 06, 2015 Posted by Chris Wysong

According to the McIlvaine Company, global power plant operators spent $3 billion in 2014, with the leading spender being East Asia. Power Plants Will Spend $3 Billion for Pumps this Year By: ImpellarNet The market in Western Europe is primarily a substitution of other forms of power for coal-fired power plants. For example Flowserve, received multiple orders for key pumping systems for the Lichterfelde Cogeneration Power Plant. The orders were booked in the first quarter of 2014. Located in Germany, the 300-megawatt (MW) plant replaces an old coal-fired power plant. The Flowserve pumping systems at the heart of this power plant use heavy-duty, radically split, multistage between bearings pumps for boiler feed service (BFP) and canned vertical turbine pumps for condensate extraction (CEP). In addition, Flowserve will also provide the pumps for the district heating process. In East Asia the big market is new coal-fired power plants. KSB has been awarded contracts by two Chinese power

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Thankful for Pumps

November 24, 2014 Posted by Chris Wysong

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Charli K. Matthews discusses the different types of pump technologies she is thankful for. Thankful for Pumps By: Charli K. Matthews At Empowering Pumps, we focus on the latest and greatest in pump technology. With the holidays upon us, I thought it would be a good idea to give thanks for the pumps that make our modern lives possible. From basic models to complex powerhouses, heres a look at just a few of the pumps that empower our world. Essential Pumps to be Thankful For These are the pumps that make everyday life possible and help in industries such as water and energy. Water Well Pump Systems The average person doesnt usually think about the complex process and equipment used to get water from the source to the tap, but it is a key part of life. According to Water.org, over 780 million people are without access to clean water. Another 3.4 million people die per year due to water related disease. An American taking a five-minute shower uses more

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Pumps Outsmart Nature to Create Fresh Snow in the Desert

November 10, 2014 Posted by Chris Wysong

Ski Dubai - the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East - produces 30 tons of fresh snow each day. Due to pumps and a sophisticated cooling system, the resort is able to stay cool enough to deliver an authentic ski experience in the Dubai desert. Pumps Outsmart Nature to Create Fresh Snow in the Desert By: Hasan Avci (Grundfos) A ski slope in the middle of a desertit sounds a bit radical. However, modern technology has made skiing a possibility all over the world, no matter the geography, climate or time of year. Ski Dubai, an indoor ski slope in one of the United Arab Emirates largest cities, offers gentle snowy slopes at any time of the year, regardless of the weather. Ski Dubai is the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East. The resort, located at the Mall of the Emirates, offers 22,500 square meters (m2) covered year-round with real snow. Skiing and snowboarding are the main attractions, but the site also features a 3,000-m2 snow park for families. The slope has five runs

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Axial Thrust In Centrifugal Pumps

November 10, 2014 Posted by Chris Wysong

With technical expertise, J.H. Wright Associates examine axial thrust in centrifugal pumps. Axial Thrust In Centrifugal Pumps By: J.H. Wright Associates, Inc. As anyone who has ever disassembled a centrifugal willattest, at least one bearing in the unit is always arranged tohandle thrust loads in the axial direction, i.e., parallel withthe shaft. Lets examine the origin of this thrust force withan eye to understanding its control. Figure 1 shows a typical enclosed impeller end suctionpump. Note that the discharge pressure from the impeller bleeds down around both sides of the impeller and actson both sides. The farther you get from the outside circumference, the lower the pressure. This is illustrated bythe length of the arrows which show pressure. The important factor which must be considered is thesuction pressure. If the pump were on a suction lift or low suction pressure, these forces would act to the left and addadditional axial thrust to the impeller. If, on the other hand,the

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Sliding Vane Pumps Ideal for Oil & Refined-Fuel Applications

November 10, 2014 Posted by Chris Wysong

Despite rising popularity of alternative energy sources, it is apparent that oil will be a staple in the long-term domestic energy landscape. Sliding vane pumps are benefical for the exploration, recovery, and production of refined fuels and this article from PumpScout explains why. Sliding Vane Pumps Ideal for Oil Refined-Fuel Applications By: Thomas L Stone (Blackmer) The United States and Oil From producer to importer and back again Around 1900, the United States was at the forefront of the global Oil Gas industry due to the discovery of large amounts of recoverable crude oil in Texas and the burgeoning automobile industry. As time went on and countries in the Middle East, Nigeria, Norway, Canada, and Venezuela discovered vast deposits of crude oil, the United States slipped to importer status, making the country susceptible to price fluctuations and politically motivated embargoes. Thanks to advanced technologies such as Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) for traditional oil deposits

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Why centrifugal pumps break shafts and how to prevent it

November 10, 2014 Posted by Chris Wysong

It is a common problem that centrifugal pumps have a propensity to broken shafts, but without knowing the reasons behind why the shafts break the problem will continue. In this piece, J.H. Wright outlines the common pitfalls of these pumps including how to manage them so they last. Why centrifugal pumps break shafts and how to prevent it By: J. Hamilton Wright (J.H. Wright and Associates) Though most people who have operated centrifugal pumps are familiar with the problem of broken shafts, few understand the reasons behind why the shafts break. Thus the problem continues... But it doesnt have to. Learning why the shafts break can help you prevent the damage from happening. First, pump shafts break because: they twist, they bend, and they they wear out. Now consider the possibilities: Calculate the diameter of shaft required to carry the maximum horsepower that any particular centrifugal pump could draw. Then add in a generous safety factor for shock loading which wont really happen

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How to Read and Use a Pump Curve

November 10, 2014 Posted by Chris Wysong

Pump curves are extremely useful tools containing a wealth of information for guiding pump selections, but they can be confusing and intimidating without a proper understanding of what to look for or how to read them. PumpScout provides a basic tutorial on the main factors of the curves and how they can help engineers. How to Read and Use a Pump Curve By: Chad Edmondson at JMP Pump performance curves provide engineers with a plethora of information to guide pump selection, but the sheer volume of data is often intimidating and overwhelming for those new to the game. Understanding pump curves is integral for anyone specifying hydronic equipment. Manufacturers publish curves for all of their pumps, reflecting thorough and rigorous testing in the laboratory or factory. This testing allows manufacturers to communicate how a pump curve will perform under a given set of conditions and which pumps will be the most efficient solution for any given application. Pump Curve Elements The two

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Plunger Pumps

November 07, 2014 Posted by Chris Wysong

PumpScout looks a plunger pumps including the features these pumps have in common with other reciprocating pumps, as well as components and attributes that make plunger pumps unique. The article concludes with plunger pump applications. Plunger Pumps By: PumpScout Staff What is a plunger pump? A type of reciprocating positive displacement pump designed to move fluids and generate high pressures. They have many features in common with other reciprocating pumps such as diaphragm pumps and piston pumps, and they may be used in many of the same applications. Theyre primarily known for being high-powered - capable of creating high pressure. However, they also produce pressure pulsations due to the reciprocating plunger. How do they work? Plunger pumps consist of three main parts. 1. First, theres the power drive. They are typically set in motion by steam, electric, or hydraulic drive mechanisms. Electric motors are the most common type of driver. The drive mechanism converts the normal

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High Pressure Pumps

November 07, 2014 Posted by Chris Wysong

In this article from PumpScout, high pressure pumps are examined including the relevant factors that contribute to high amounts of pressure. High Pressure Pumps By: PumpScout Staff What is a high pressure pump? If you have a liquid that you need to pressurize to a high pressure, there are countless options available. Most categories of pumps including positive displacement pumps, rotary pumps and reciprocating pumps, and centrifugal pumps contain both low-pressure and high-pressure types. But in general, pumps that best harness the laws of physics are best equipped to generate high levels of pressure. Its also important for a high pressure pump to have very low clearance between their moving parts and the walls of the pumping chamber. To read the rest of this article, visit PumpScout.

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Choosing the right slurry pump

November 07, 2014 Posted by Chris Wysong

There are many factors to consider when choosing which slurry pump is right for the job. Because of its definition, a slurry has a multitude of applications that can affect pumps and systems. Ross Mackay of Ross Mackay Associates Ltd. outlines the relevant factors and gives sound guidelines on choosing the right pump. Choosing the right slurry pump By: Ross Mackay One Size Fits All most definitely does not apply in this area of pumping. Even when we define a slurry as a mixture of solid particles in a liquid that is usually water, we are still concealing a multitude of applications behind a simple sounding phrase. The variety of solids that are handled in slurry form covers an extraordinary wide range of products and waste material. One of the key elements in slurry pumping is the size and nature of the solids being transported by the water and the nature of the abrasive wear it causes. As wear is a function of velocity, the pumps usually operate at 1200 rpm or slower. The centrifugal

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API Process Pumps

November 07, 2014 Posted by Chris Wysong

PumpScout outlines the details of API process pumps, designed to meet the API 610 standard for handling hydrocarbons. This article defines the pump along with how they work and where they are used. API Process Pumps By: PumpScout Staff What is an API process pump? A type of pump designed to meet the American Petroleum Institute (API) 610 standard for pumps handling hydrocarbons. They come in many different forms and may employ a number of pumping mechanisms. The API 610 standard is limited to centrifugal pumps, but API process pumps come in many different configurations. They may be end suction pumps, horizontal split case pumps, multistage pumps, vertical inline pumps, or vertical turbine pumps. They are specifically designed and certified for use in the petroleum industry to handle oil, gasoline, and other hydrocarbons. However, because the API 610 standard is a very conservative standard and insures a very robust design, other industries sometimes use API pumps. How do they

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