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Sundyne Pump Impeller And Inducer Damage.

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#1 Parco12345


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Posted 01 March 2017 - 01:40 PM

We have a sundyne pump at Crude Distillation Unit. The pump was opened due to seal leakage issues. Internal Inspection revealed damage to impeller and Inducer.

Following are the process conditions

Serive : Stripped Water

pH : 10.5 to 11.0 on average

Rated Flow: 37 m3/h

Suction Presssure : ~ 0.5 kg/cm2.G

Discharge Pressure : 31 kg/cm2

Flow variation: 15 ~ 38 m3/h

Normal Flow : 32 m3/h

Design Minimum Flow : 7.2 m3/h

Stripped Water Temp : 65 ~ 70 C ( Temperature remained 80 ~ 85 C for 4 to 5 months as well)

Material of Impeller : ss316L

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Can any one help me sort our the root cause of the problem and remedial actions:











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#2 Bobby Strain

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Posted 01 March 2017 - 02:10 PM

It looks like corrosion to me. You should review the material selection, and change to a suitable material. Your metallurgist should know.



#3 sheiko


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Posted 14 July 2017 - 12:15 AM

In addition to the above comment, I believe you should investigate the cause of seal leakage as this may be correlated with the impeller damage.
Check for NPSHA, and if the pump were operating on or below its curve....
Also, vendor usually recommend to operate between 80% and 110% of rated flowrate (30-40 m3/h in your case).
Do you use ARC valve, control valve or restriction orifice to ensure the pump miniflow? Is it reliable?

Edited by sheiko, 14 July 2017 - 12:33 AM.

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