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In past “Pumping Prescriptions” columns this year, I have discussed the procedure of piping size selection when given the process flow requirement and how this affects the pump’s power consumption. In this column, two computer calculation tools will be detailed.

Power factor (PF) is an important component of an alternating current (AC) circuit, but understanding its actual effect can be difficult. Why is PF mysterious to many of us? It has to do with the way it is explained.

In my July 2014 column, I demonstrated that three-phase voltage variation can significantly affect several alternating current (AC) motor characteristics. If that variation is large, it can also reduce motor life.

When the pump selection process starts, the required flow of the is often the only known variable for an application. For example, a system must move 2,000 gallons per minute (gpm) from a holding tank to another tank or process.

In my June column on pump and motor testing, I said that three-phase voltage variation and unbalance can have a significant effect on motor insulation life. Voltage variation is defined as the difference between the motor nameplate voltage and the incoming source voltage.

One of the supposed advantages of centrifugal pumps when compared to positive displacement pumps is their ability to operate across a wide flow range.

My last two columns (Pumps & Systems, April and May 2014) explained how pump suction behavior depends on how suction pressure is redu

In last month’s column (Pumps & Systems, May 2014), the drawdown analysis portion of the pump and motor field test spreadsheet was reviewed.

As anyone in the Reliant Center could tell you, the oil and gas industry continues to grow. This year’s attendance of 108,300 broke an Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) record.

All pumps should be tested regularly, but wastewater pumps are at the top of the list because they are especially susceptible to changing system conditions.

The global water crisis claims 5,500 lives each day—more than war, natural disasters, AIDS or hunger. It is a sobering problem but not an impossible one to solve.

This article is part of our ongoing series on The History of Pumps.

Centrifugal pumps have many advantages compared with positive displacement pumps. They have the ability to run all over the curve. Open the valve to increase the flow, and close it to decrease the flow. This seems convenient and simple.

The legendary innovator was responsible for the design of more than 40 patented products during his seven-decade career.

Today’s federal requirements dictate the minimum efficiency of an electric motor, but they do not have any impact on the efficiency of a centrifugal pump.

As any austenitic stainless steel would be, 316 stainless steel is very soft. So how does this stainless steel offer strong protection against cavitation? If it is soft, will the imploding bubbles erode the material?

Pumps account for 10 percent of the world’s total electricity consumption.

This article is part of our ongoing series on the history of pumps.

Recently, I received a call from a plant operator in Ohio. He said, “We have a big contract from a customer to supply multiple oil heating systems and have just completed the first unit. It is ready to ship.

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