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Hydroelectric power is the most widely used renewable energy resource in the world, comprising as much as 25 percent of total global electricity.

Regardless of the application, most uninterruptible power supply (UPS) users require some degree of customization.

Editor’s note: This article provides additional information that further explains Ray Hardee’s monthly Pump System Improvement column appearing in the June 2016 issue.

My longtime readers know that a piping system is made of three parts: the pump elements, process elements and control elements.

During my introduction to a piping system fundamentals course at an open-pit copper mine and mill in the southwestern U.S., I stressed the importance of understanding how the individual items of a

It has long been recognized that rubber expansion joints (REJs) provide critical design functions that impact the reliability of the entire piping system.

Q. What are the effects of air pockets in a pump piping system, and how can they be eliminated?

A pipeline station and tank farm in the Southwest uses four identical four-stage vertical booster pumps driven by 300-horsepower (hp) electric motors to transfer crude oil between various storage t

My past Pumps & Systems columns (read them here) have dealt with using basic engineering principles to better understand the interaction of pump,

Part 1 of this series (Pumps & Systems, February 2016, read it here) examined the process elements of a piping system,

For those of you old enough to remember Lawrence Welk, you’ll notice that the title of this brief column is the final quote from his show’s closing song. I am still a loyal fan of his reruns today.

In my last column (Pumps & Systems, October 2014), I explained that a capacitor’s current is totally out of phase with that of a motor’s magnetizing current.

A reciprocating power pump, as depicted in Figure 1, is a displacement machine. It has characteristics that are different than a centrifugal pump.

After reading two of my articles on power pump valves, valve springs and net positive suction head required (NPSHR), Brazilian engineer Ricardo Martuscelli emailed me to suggest that I create