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# Pump expected flow from curve

## Pump expected flow from curve

(OP)
Hi All

I have a centrifugal pump that I am not certain what the flow is that I am getting out of it. The pump sucks from a tank 1m above it that is open to atmosphere. I have measured the shutoff head at 600kPa. The impeller size is 417mm. How do I go about doing this?

### RE: Pump expected flow from curve

You need to work out the system curve and where it intersects with the pump curve that's your flow. Follow the curve for 417mm.

Alternatively measure the discharge pressure while pumping and sees where that intersects with the pump curve. Your 1m inlet head is negligible.

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### RE: Pump expected flow from curve

Actually better to subtract from discharge pressure the height of the water level from pump inlet if it's more than 1 or 2m

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### RE: Pump expected flow from curve

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The pressure measurement on the discharge with the valve open was at 400 kPa. So I can assume that where the "head line" at +- 40m intersects with the 417mm impeller line, that is the expected flow beacause this is an actually point on the system curve? When looking at the curve attached it is at about 2100 m^3/hr.

### RE: Pump expected flow from curve

That's about right. There is some inaccuracy in this but 2100 +/-5%.

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### RE: Pump expected flow from curve

This is what I use. I make a system curve in excel, then lay it on top of the pump curve for any pump I may use for that system.

### RE: Pump expected flow from curve

If you know the system then sure, but if you only have one data point. ...

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### RE: Pump expected flow from curve

Usually a system walkdown and/or isometric drawing review will give you everything you need to make a system curve.

### RE: Pump expected flow from curve

I do not think you need to draw a system curve just to check how much flow you are getting out of the pump. If you know the impeller diameter you know your pump curve. Record the pump head(discharge-suction pressure) from field and use this value to draw a line from Y axis across to cut the pump curve and from the point of intersection on the curve drop a line to x axis to read off the corresponding flow rate. Looking at the curve the pump does not seem to be far off from its run-out flow.

### RE: Pump expected flow from curve

You also need to check power input to confirm if you are actually on curve.

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: Pump expected flow from curve

It's a bit close to the end of the line, but nigh on BEP. With such small difference in head it doesn't take much to make a big difference, e.g. if it was 45m instead of 40, the OP would be back to about 1750 mm3/hr.

This is a very efficient pump though - I haven't seen many with efficiency over 80% never mind 86 at the BEP.

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### RE: Pump expected flow from curve

LittleInch: mid / high 80's not unusual for pumps of this size.

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: Pump expected flow from curve

I clearly deal with crappy vendors....

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### RE: Pump expected flow from curve

Horses for courses.

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: Pump expected flow from curve

(OP)
I checked the Amps on the motor today. The 250kW motor draws about 300 amps on average. Is this a bit low and what does this mean?

### RE: Pump expected flow from curve

300A at what voltage? Presumably 3 phase is this amps on one phase?

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(OP)
Sorry :) . 525V

### RE: Pump expected flow from curve

This is a very efficient pump though - I haven't seen many with efficiency over 80% never mind 86 at the BEP.

And this is a pump in operation since 1992...not bad!

### RE: Pump expected flow from curve

No. It's a bit high if anything for a 250kW motor. Calculated shaft power is about 265kW and 300A at 525 V worth aPF of 0.9 is 250 kW.

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