Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Post Type Selectors

Xylem pumps help Moscow State University Library

HVAC

Xylem pumps help Moscow State University Library

Almost 200 years ago, Moscow State University lost its collection of great books when the library was burnt down, along with much of Moscow, by residents who didn’t want to see their city fall into the hands of French invaders.

Now, two centuries later, Russia’s largest university is protecting its books against another type of attack — from Mother Nature — and enlisting Xylem pumps to aid in its defense.

With more than 9 million books, the Moscow State University Library has one of the largest collections in the country, including a number of rare books and manuscripts, some of them dating back 600 years.

When a new library building was erected in 2005 to celebrate the university’s 250-year history, Xylem Lowara pumps were chosen to be part of its vital heating and ventilation system. The Xylem pumps provide a strong, steady flow of hot and cold water through the circulation system that winds throughout the 55,000 square-foot facility.

Someone once famously said that a library is “thought in cold storage.” It’s a beautiful, poetic definition, but don’t tell that to the Xylem engineers who developed these heating/cooling pumps. To them, a library is “thought in a cool, dry and stable environment.”

“Fluctuations in temperature and humidity are the biggest enemies of books and manuscripts,” says Sergey Melekhin, technical support manager for Xylem Residential & Commercial Water’s operation in Europe, Middle East and Africa. “No matter how many people are inside or what the temperature is outside, our pumps are programmed to provide the library with constant temperatures and humidity levels.”

Because they are made mostly from paper, books — especially old ones — break down easily. Rising and falling temperatures can cause the books’ paper fibers to expand or contract, and over time they break under this stress, causing the pages to become brittle and the books to crumble.

Humidity harms books in several ways. Moisture in the air combines with the books’ paper-bleaching chemicals to create harsh acids that eat into the paper. The moisture can also warp covers and create mold spores that spot the books’ pages.

In 1812, the Moscow University Library collection fell victim to a man-made fire, but with Xylem pumps working behind the scenes, it should remain safe from nature’s dangers for a very long time.

Related Articles

Related Whitepapers

Axial Flow Check Valves for Pumps and Compressors

Pumps and compressors are essential devices used in a wide range of industrial plants and buildings. They are the power source that make it possible…

Proven Seal Technologies for CO2 Capture and Supercritical Applications

Advanced seal technologies for CCUS and sCO2 applications support energy transition initiatives Companies increasingly are prioritizing energy transition initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions known…

Accurate & Reliable Pumps for Lease Automatic Custody Transfer (LACT) Units

Hydra-Cell Seal-less Pumps provide accurate and reliable custody transfer of crude oil, produced water, and NGL’s. They feature a compact design, require minimal maintenance, and…

Liquefied Natural Gas [A Complete Flow Control Portfolio]

Liquefied natural gas (LNG) will play a pivotal role as companies transition from coal and oil to cleaner energy sources during renewed efforts to significantly…

Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Join the #PumpTalk Community


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Empowering Pumps & Equipment, 2205-C 7th Street, Tuscaloosa, AL, 35401, http://www.empoweringpumps.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact