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minimum safe flow centrifugal pump

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Minimum Safe Flow for a Centrifugal Pump

Good Ankur,

Please, how can one determine the pump efficiency at shut-off for a pump when the efficiency at zero flow and shut-off is zero when read on the pump performance curve.
vamsi
sir,
miminum safe flow flow for centrfugal pump apart from temperature rise,
do we need specify minimum safe flow based on mechanical vibrations(safe limit) of rotating equipment ?
venkisowji
Dear Ankur,

Good Day...Its a very good blog and thanks for sharing the same.

Regards,

VENKI.
ayush

Sir,

ankur2061

Sir,

Ayush,

Your statement is incorrect. The pump efficiency will be low but it cannot be zero. The pump is still running against a blocked discharge and the mechanical energy from the driver of the pump is being lost by generating heat in the pump casing instead of overcoming the head as change in the potential energy of the liquid being pumped

This can be proven through the power equation for any pump:

P = Q*H*ρ*g / 3600*η*1000

where:

P = power, kW
Q = volumetric flow rate, m3/h
ρ = density, kg/m3
g = 9.81 m/s2 (grav. constant)
η = efficiency, %

If η becomes zero the power required at shut-off would be infinity which is not correct. Hope it is clear now that efficiency is not zero at shut-off.

Regards,
Ankur.

PRkumar

DEAR SIR,

THANKS A LOT FOR WRITE THIS BLOG & ATTACHED THE DATA SHEET.

ayush

Thanks alot sir for clarifying the doubt.

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