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Parallel Pump Operations

Parallel Pump Operations

Parallel Pump Operations


In parallel operations whether identical pump or not...

What could it change the system curve or pump performance in operations.

What is the point of the parallel pump applications. There could be many application types, For instance same or different point suction or discharging same point...


RE: Parallel Pump Operations

Have a look at Joe Evans' article on parallel pumping - I believe it will clear the most (if not all) of your doubts: Parallel Pumping

Process Engineer, MSChE

RE: Parallel Pump Operations

Your inquiry should not stop at parallel pumping, as you should also research series pumping.

RE: Parallel Pump Operations

The most typical causes of curve changes are damage, or wear to the impeller, replacing the impeller with one of the wrong size, purposely trimming the impeller, running with backwards rotation, or making a change in the impeller's operating speed.

RE: Parallel Pump Operations

Hello BigInch ;

Your saying damage of impeller; It is same for identical pumps or different pumps operations....


RE: Parallel Pump Operations

The performance of any parallel pump operating system will change if any one of the pumps in the system has a change in operating performance - either identical of different.

It is a capital mistake to theorise before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts. (Sherlock Holmes - A Scandal in Bohemia.)

RE: Parallel Pump Operations

Parallel pump system operations can get very weird very easily. Identical pumps with identical motors connected by functionally identical piping configurations are the non-existent ideal. The messy end of the spectrum involves dissimilar pumps connected at different points within a complex piping system with numerous dissimilar loads. Always remember that the pumps and piping system including all pumps and loads are always operating as one complete interactive system. Each change in or to any element will influence everything in the system. In general, pumps with relatively steep head vs. flow curves work better in parallel pumping situations, but that is no assurance that everything will always work nicely. Your question suggests that you may have little experience with parallel pumping, so plan to do plenty of very careful, very open-minded studying of everything. If you are hoping for some simple, easy solutions to your problem, you will surely be disappointed.

Whether you are dealing with an existing system that has problems or must be modified or an entirely new system, there will be no substitute for developing a very thorough understanding of all of the characteristics of the system and its elements.

One caution, if the pumps (or some of the pumps) have relatively flat head vs. flow curves, very small changes in shaft speed can have dramatic effects. As an example, I have seen pumps shift loads effectively instantaneously where one pump momentarily "hogs" the load, and the flow rate at another pump "stalls." Since that pump no longer has much (or any) flow, its shaft speed increases because its motor operates with less "slip" due to the lower torque required. Since head varies with the square of shaft speed, the pump now can produce greater head, and it takes over the load forcing another pump into the "stall" situation. Meanwhile, the first pump that "hogged" the load has its shaft speed reduced because of the greater torque load on its motor. Since its head is reduced because of the reduced shaft speed, its ability to deliver to the system is reduced sometimes to the point of going into its "stall" in a continuing sequence of similar events.

Valuable advice from a professor many years ago: First, design for graceful failure. Everything we build will eventually fail, so we must strive to avoid injuries or secondary damage when that failure occurs. Only then can practicality and economics be properly considered.

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