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Pumps. CM4120 D. Caspary February, 2004. Outline. Intro to Pumping Classifications of pumps Positive Displacement Pump – Examples and Applications Centrifugal Pumps – Examples and Applications Pump Curves. History of Pumps. First pumps were driven by water wheels or animal powered

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D. Caspary

February, 2004


  • Intro to Pumping

  • Classifications of pumps

  • Positive Displacement Pump – Examples and Applications

  • Centrifugal Pumps – Examples and Applications

  • Pump Curves

History of pumps
History of Pumps

  • First pumps were driven by water wheels or animal powered

    • Water was lifted w/ paddles and dumped at a higher elevation

    • Over 2200 years ago in Greece, Persia, the Orient , some still in use today

  • Electric motor is most common machine in use today, the pump is second most common

  • Agriculture  Automobile  Construction  Chemical Manufacturing  Household  Hydraulic Systems  Submarines  Space Station  Zeeland to Zimbabwe

Pump applications
Pump Applications

Used to increase the potential and/or kinetic energy state of a fluid

  • Liquid – water, chemical, fuels, coolants, refrigerants, hydraulic fluids, boiler feed, condensate return, etc.

  • Vapor/gas – foams, air, other gases

  • Slurries – concrete, quarry slurries, mud for drilling, precipitates, sewage, pulp stock, etc.

Two primary classifications of pumps
Two Primary Classifications of Pumps

  • Dynamic (or Centrifugal) – Use a spinning impeller to induce centrifugal forces, increasing pressure at the discharge side of the housing.

  • Positive Displacement – Transfers a fixed volume of fluid thru the pump housing with each cycle of operation.

Classifications of pumps
Classifications of Pumps

Overwhelming majority of all pumps are some type of Centrifugal Pump.

  • Lower initial cost

  • Reduced maintenance costs

    Positive Displacement Pumps are widely used but for specific applications.

Comparison between positive displacement and centrifugal pumps
Comparison betweenPositive Displacement and Centrifugal Pumps

Effect of increasing viscosity on flow for positive displacement and centrifugal pumps
Effect of Increasing Viscosity on Flow for Positive Displacement and Centrifugal Pumps

Comparison of efficiency vs head between positive displacement and centrifugal pumps
Comparison of Efficiency vs. Head between Positive Displacement and Centrifugal Pumps

Positive displacement pump family tree
Positive Displacement Pump “Family Tree” Displacement and Centrifugal Pumps

Types of pd pumps gear pumps
Types of PD Pumps – Gear Pumps Displacement and Centrifugal Pumps

  • External Gear Pump

    • High speed

    • Quiet operation

    • Fuel, lubricants, hydraulic fluid power systems, metering

    • No solids

  • Internal Gear Pump

    • Non-pulsating discharge pressure

    • Low NPSHR

    • Low to moderate speed

    • High viscosity fluids

Other Common Types of PD Pumps Displacement and Centrifugal Pumps

  • Lobe Pump

    • No metal to metal contact

    • Can handle solids without damaging them

    • Applications are found in food processing, pharmaceutical, personal care, etc.

  • Diaphragm Pump

Centrifugal pump family tree

Pumps Displacement and Centrifugal Pumps

Positive Displacement




Single Stage


Open Impeller

Closed Impeller

Centrifugal Pump “Family Tree”

How a centrifugal pump works
How a Centrifugal Pump Works Displacement and Centrifugal Pumps

  • Pump housing must be primed

  • Impeller rotates, imparting an outward velocity to the fluid – kinetic energy

  • Fluid velocity reaches maximum at the outside diameter of the impeller

  • Fluid enters the volute where it is channeled to the discharge

  • Resistance to flow, starting at the volute, reduces velocity creating pressure energy

  • Vapor pressure of fluid causes new fluid to be drawn into the eye of the impeller

A centrifugal pump driver installation
A Centrifugal Pump/Driver Installation Displacement and Centrifugal Pumps

Discharge line

Electric Motor

Pump Housing


Bearing Support

Suction line

External Cooling

Stuffing Box and Packing Gland

Single stage horizontal shaft closed impeller flowserve pump co
Single Stage, Horizontal Shaft, Closed Impeller Displacement and Centrifugal PumpsFlowserve Pump Co.

Horizontal split case single stage fire pump patterson pump div of gorman rupp
Horizontal, Split Case, Single Stage Fire Pump Displacement and Centrifugal PumpsPatterson Pump, Div. of Gorman-Rupp

Vertical pumps carver pump co
Vertical Pumps Displacement and Centrifugal PumpsCarver Pump Co.

Horizontal multi stage pump cut away
Horizontal, Multi-Stage Pump Cut-away Displacement and Centrifugal Pumps

Types of impellers
Types of Impellers Displacement and Centrifugal Pumps

  • Closed vane

  • Open vane

  • Open vane, cut impeller

Pump curve for a goulds model hsc centrifugal pump at 3500 rpm
Pump Curve for a Goulds Model HSC centrifugal pump at 3500 rpm

When selecting new pump or changing capacity of existing pumps:

  • Capacity for 6 impeller sizes


  • Req’d horsepower

  • Efficiency

Pumping affinity laws
Pumping Affinity Laws rpm

Used for estimating pump performance when changing impeller size or RPM

  • Q1/Q2=N1/N2

  • H1/H2=(N1/N2)2

  • P1/P2=(N1/N2)3

Pump efficiency overall efficiency
Pump Efficiency rpmOverall Efficiency

PP, Pump Input power, BHP

PW, Pump Output Power

PMOT, Driver Input Power

Pump maintenance
Pump Maintenance rpm

  • Seals

    • Shaft packing vs. mechanical seals

    • Monitor for leaks

  • Bearings

    • Overhung vs. double support

    • Monitor vibration

  • Wetted parts corrosion

  • Cavitation

    • monitor suction-side pressure

    • listen for rattling

References rpm

  • Viking Pump product literature

  • Gorman-Rupp product literature

  • Goulds Pump product literature

  • Flowserve product literature

  • Carver Pump product literature

  • Pump Handbook, Karassik, Krutzsch, Fraser, Messina, McGraw-Hill, 1976

  • www.pumpschool.com, Viking Pump, Feb. 2004.

  • www.engineeringtoolbox.com, The Engineering Toolbox, March 2004.

Pumping terminology
Pumping Terminology rpm

  • Head

  • Gauge head (hg)

  • Velocity head (hv)

  • Elevation head (Z)

  • Atmospheric head (hatm)

  • Total suction head or suction lift (hs)

  • Total discharge head (hd)

  • Total head (H)