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Pump Wisdom: Chapter 1 Principles of Centrifugal Process Pumps

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Pump Wisdom: Chapter 1 Principles of Centrifugal Process Pumps

Explore key facets of centrifugal pump ownership, installation, operation, and troubleshooting

The Second Edition of Pump Wisdom: Essential Centrifugal Pump Knowledge for Operators and Specialists delivers a concise explanation of how pumps function, the design specifications that must be considered before purchasing a pump, and current best practices in lubrication and mechanical seals.

This new edition also contains new startup and surveillance tips for pump operators, as well as repair versus replacement or upgrade considerations for maintenance decision-makers, new condition monitoring guidance for centrifugal pumps, and expanded coverage of operator best practices.

Chapter 1 Principles of Centrifugal Process Pumps

The meaning of specific speed

Pump impeller flow classifications and the general meaning of specific speed deserve further discussion. Moving from left to right in Fig. 1.5, the various impeller geometries reflect selections that start with high differential pressure capabilities and end with progressively lower differential pressure capabilities. Differential pressure is simply discharge pressure minus suction pressure.

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