Loren Nauss is a business development manager of maintenance chemicals at Henkel Corporation focusing on protective coatings. He has a bachelor’s degree in business from Eastern Connecticut State University and 25 years of experience supporting, rebuilding, repairing and fabricating industrial equipment. Nauss’s industry experience includes products, projects and applications in mines, quarries, pulp and paper, power generation, and oil and gas.
- Performance testing (pre- and post-overhaul) that included pump and motor energy consumption and efficiency
- Vibration testing (pre- and post-overhaul) that is critical to optimizing pump and motor function and life. This also validated the dynamic balancing of the pump, motor and driveshaft
- Inspection and completion reporting for all major components including the pump, motor, driveshaft and check valve
A major focus of the energy savings was to incorporate a low resistance, durable ceramic epoxy coating on the interior flow surfaces of the pump. These coatings are field-proven technology to lower energy consumption by reducing flow friction as well as extending pump life by reducing corrosion and erosion of interior surfaces. The pump work consisted of:
- Pump casing: Sandblasting of both interior and exterior. The interior of the volute was then coated with ceramic coatings.
- Impeller improvement: The original impeller was still within spec and in good condition. It was sandblasted and coated with ceramic coatings. The impeller assembly (impeller, key, shaft, and nut) was made using thread lockers for proper fit. This technique prevents movement and potential vibration sources, and to insure no corrosion occurs in between the threads should future work on the pump be required.
- Pump system overhaul: Replacement of parts including bearings, seals, split mechanical seal, wear rings and shaft sleeve. Moderate shaft wear grooving was welded, machined and dynamically balanced with the impeller. All tolerances were restored to factory specifications and the exterior surfaces coated with a two-part epoxy.
So what did the test results show in this rebuild? An average efficiency improvement of 6 percent, and significant improvements in both pump head/flow and maximum flow rates. The targeted 2 percent energy reduction for this 250 horsepower (hp) motor-driven pump was exceeded, and these results are in line with prior studies by federal, state/local and industry groups. This is expected to expand as the work on the three remaining pumps is completed.
The key to the success of this project and the efficiencies gained in the equipment performance are tied to the expertise of the service provider and their ability to properly select, prep and apply the correct ceramic coatings to meet the need.
Rigorous oversight and documentation of the project by the design team ensured that the project goals were measured and achieved.
So when faced with what may appear at first to be a negative situation, seek out the right solution coupled with the correct solution providers and it is likely the outcome will be a positive one.