Questions tagged [pumps]

For questions about the design, classification and working principle of pumps. A pump is a device that moves fluids (liquids or gases), or sometimes slurries, by mechanical action.

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Using one electrical pump for multiple hoses

I'm currently trying to figure out a cheap way to build a cocktail machine. For now the machine should have about 20-30 possible input liquids. These liquids should remain in their original bottle ...
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How to add a controlled amount of a nutrient solution to a water line

I have an existing water supply system for the cattle on my farm whereby 6 troughs located in different fields are all fed from a common header line. The pressure in that line ranges from 3-5 bar (It’...
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Inlet Mach No for a centrifugal pump?

Recently I have come across a question as follows: At the eye tip of a centrifugal impeller, blade velocity is 200 m/s while the uniform axial velocity at the inlet is 150 m/s. If the sonic velocity ...
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How do I Calculate Pressure at Multiple Points in Time while Filling a Container with Water?

Say I have a container completely full of water with a volume of 3000 gallons and I'm filling this container with water at a rate of 8.2 gallons per minute, it's already full at 200 PSI, how do I ...
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AC Motor On/OFF Control using SSR instead of contactor

I would like to control a 1-phase 3HP motor using a SSR ( the reason being, I need to switch it on/off using a signal (0-5VDC). Are normal SSRs (ex:Fotek 40A model) capable of handling the starting ...
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Question About Pumps in Series

I have a circulation tank that runs a piping loop out and back in with a motor pump on it to keep fluid constantly agitated in it. I want to add an inlet to the tank, so I can fill it without pouring ...
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Fluidic muscle in reverse, as a pump. Does this exist?

A fluidic muscle is a pneumatic or hydraulic actuator, consisting of a flexible tube. When the tube is filled with a working fluid (pressurized air or hydraulic oil), it balloons out and shortens. In ...
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Could electro-osmotic pumping be used to pump 90 ml water at 10 bars in about 25 seconds?

I am interested in pumping about 90 ml of water at 10 to 12 bars pressure in about 25 seconds. Can this be done using electroosmotic pump? What is the energy consumption if it can be done..? ...
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Liquid delivery to a pump based on viscosity

I have a tank that is filled with a viscous liquid (~3000 CPs). At the bottom of the tank there is a pipe that leads to a gear pump. There is 22" of pipe straight down from the tank followed by a ...
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How to inflate or deflate a bouncy ball that lacks a standard valve?

I found this bouncy ball in my garage. It is too deflated to use and too inflated to store, so I would like to inflate it or deflate it. It doesn't have a standard valve for a bike pump: the only ...
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Calculate Power for pump

I did a Civil Engineering course some years ago and from my textbook I had a question on a pump with hoses. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find a solution to this yet. A pump feeds two hoses, ...
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Comparing power requirements of centrifugal pump installations

Hi, I am stuck with a question related to the centrifugal pumps. There are two centrifugal pump installations and it is asked to compare the power requirements for two installations. As in Pa>Pb or ...
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How can I confirm nL Volume Measurement for Pump and Sensor Calibration

I'm dispensing around 1uL of volume with 1% accuracy. Although I'm confident in my pump, I'd like to be able to routinely confirm that I'm getting the exact volume I'm requesting every time. How can ...
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Grad student needing help with a fluid mechanics issue in project

BROUGHT OVER FROM PHYSICS STACK EXCHANGE As the subject states I have hit a wall in a fluid mechanics associated problem in designing an experiment for my grad project. Long story short, I'm an ...
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How are the modern hydraulic cylinders very precisely controlled?

My guess is that they use brushless Motors that in turn powers the hydraulic pump. But there must be some kind of valve that could help in the process. Still the burning question is just by adjusting ...
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Calculating the torque required by an Archimedes screw pump

Given an Archimedes screw pump (shown below) how would you go about calculating the torque required to operate it? I'm assuming a situation where you have to design for a given flow rate, Q (m^3/s) ...
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What type of pump is recommended for pumping gasoline/petrol in vapor phase?

I would really like to know your input, perhaps there are regulations on this that I'm not aware of that can help out regarding the overall safety of the process.
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Pushing fluid through microfluidics

my team is working on a project where fluid (mostly water) need to be pushed through small channels (like small pipes) in order to reach larger reservoir. We were considering using air to push the ...
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Swash Plate Pump Design

My understanding of swash plates led me to believe that the pistons in a swash plate pump rotate around with the driving shaft along with the chambers in which they aspirate (e.g. M&S Hydraulic ...
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can submersible pumps be used for leachate from landfill that may have some solid particles of size 15-20mm?

I would like to know if submersible pumps can be used to extract leachate from leachate wells. The leachate is likely to contain solids of size 15-20mm. Further the pump should have diameter less than ...
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Low pressure Diesel pumping with High pressure Gasoline pump?

We are in desperate search of suitable pumps for one of our applications. We need to be able to pump Diesel fuel in a range going from 5bars to 125bars. To do such thing, I've been looking at Bosch ...
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Borewell motor water outlet adjustment

Recently we put 500 feet borewell in our area, it's hot summer season now. Person who drilled the borewell told me that we can get 1.5 inch of water now. During winter season we can expect at least 2 ...
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When finding flow generated by a pump, where do points A and B go?

I tried to find the answer in past posts, but couldn't locate it. I have a pump (100% efficient, for simplicity) that runs on 100kW and follows the equation: Power(pump) = (Specific Weight)(Flow)(...
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Is this pump design possible? (NPSH Question)

I have been assigned a hands-on project with an adequate budget. The client has given a minimal but adequate description of what they want. The problem is, it seems impossible, especially at certain (...
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head coefficient and volume coefficient for centrifugal pump

If I need to calculate the head coefficient using $c_h=\dfrac{gH}{N^2D^2}$ and the volume coefficient using $c_q= \dfrac{v}{ND^3}$ while keeping $N$ (impeller rotational speed in rpm), how can I make ...
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Extrapolating BHP values for fixed speed and impeller diameter

currently i have a composite pump curve (RIGHT) where the BHP lines are embeded in the performance curve. I would like to extract out the data and create a graph of BHP vs capacity shown on the LEFT. ...
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Pump Placement Question

I build an awesome skating rink for the kids. Now I have to flood it. I have the rink built 450 feet from the lake. The rink is 7 feet higher than the water. I have a 1.5-inch polyurethane rigid hose ...
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Best affordable food grade hot water pump

I am currently building a pour over coffee maker(personal use), but I am having trouble sourcing a water pump to use. I am hoping to create something that performs similar to the Poursteady commercial ...
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What is the point of this valve that only allows air in and not liquid?

I'm looking at googles mocktails maker. And it puts 2 holes in a container. 1 hole is connected to a pump that will take water out and the other connects to a backflow prevention valve that only ...
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How to resolve the interruptions in the screw pump operation due to air trap?

In one of my application, there is a requirement to dispense the concrete paste at the required rate continuously. some technical details of the application given below Dispense rate 5-50 LPM ...
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What does a stalled hydraulic pump mean?

What does it mean when a pump stalls? I could not find a useful explanation with the search terms pump stalling and hydraulic pump stalling. I'm trying to understand what Elon's tweet means. Maybe an ...
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Am I calculating the power required and power out for a peristaltic pump correctly?

I am trying to design a peristaltic pump, in a spreadsheet where I can alter the tube and casing diameter, pump RPM and some other parameters, I'm wondering if anyone can spot anything odd in this ...
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Choosing a blower for a Pneumatic Conveyor

Basically we are designing a pneumatic conveyor system for transferring 11 tons of beans per hour. We need to decide on the specifications of the blower. What are the calculations necessary to decide ...
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Where to put the booster pump at customer substation in a district heating system?

In a district heating system, one of the houses in the distribution net is not getting the desired heat into their house. This is because the pipes of this customer which connects them to the ...
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Why is the Current to Motor less than Motor Rated Current?

I have a motor for a submersible pump with a Rated Current of 8.4A as given in the motor's electrical data. However, when it is running, I record a current of 3.4-3.9A. Is there a fault I am supposed ...
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Gear pump has backflow and does not stop forced flow

I have a "Micropump GB-P25.JVS.A" gear pump. I pump in the range between 100 and 500 ml/min up to a column about 10 cm above the pump level. The column is filled from the top and has a bottom outlet. ...
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What is the physical meaning of pulse rate and blood pressure, from a turbo machinery point of view?

Our hearts are peristaltic pumps, which has a periodic compression and expansion. The head developed can be taken as blood pressure. There are situation when the blood pressure is normal while the ...
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Submersible sump pump life in pit without water?

What can happen to a pump in a pit without water for many months, then the fall heavy rains start adding water to the pit, will the pump be efficient to do its job? Should water be added to the pit to ...
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Analytical shape of a pump curve

I'm looking for a formula to arrive at a pump curve for a centrifugal pump: $H(Q, n)$ - total head delivered as a function of flow and speed (rpm), and of course some pump specific parameters. I find ...
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Calculating NPSHa for a pump

NPSHa formula - h(sp) +/- h(s) - h(f) - h(vp) h(sp)- static pressure head (absolute) applied to the fluid h(s)- elevation difference between fluid level in reservoir to pump inlet h(f) - friction ...
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How does bell housing guarantee the concentricity of the shafts?

I'm talking about IEC motors-gearbox alignement. Here are an example: I found the drawing in cross hydraulic website, so it's quite reliable. What i don't understand, is, how this design makes sure ...
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Does impeller design have a specific cause on how the fluid will flow in a centrifugal pump?

I am a student learning about centrifugal pumps in my studies. I’ve learnt about the 3 different type of flows - axial, radial and mixed. I’ve also learnt about different impeller designs - mainly ...
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Pump with high pressure, low delta pressure

I'm looking for a circulation pump in a very high pressure loop and having trouble finding one. I'm hoping I just don't know the correct search term and someone can point me to it. The absolute ...
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What happens when pumps are blocked off?

What will be the result if the pipe losses is greater than head produced by the pump? What will be the result if outlet is closed?
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How does a Vibratory Pump (“Schwingankerpumpe”) work?

in my aquarium Ive got a little pump for bubbling air through the water so it is substained with enough oxygen. Internaly the pump works fairly similar to old door bells, where the mains is flowing ...
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Would too small tubing reduce the max head of a pump?

I got a mini-project: I want to automatically get rid of the water produced by an indoor air conditioner unit. Since the unit is underground, the water needs to climb ~2m to get to the outside. I ...
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Why does my VFD and pump configuration stop pumping?

I recently installed a VFD to reduce the speed of my pump, however, occasionally the configuration will stop pumping liquid through the system. The pump is a three phase 60 Hz and this issue has ...
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Pump power and fluid viscosity

I used to calculate the power needed by a pump using Bernoulli equation, $ W =(p_2-p_1) + {1 \over 2}\rho(u_2^2-u_1^2) + g\rho(h_2-h_1) + R $ where $\rho$ is fluid density (and assuming it is ...
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Can the same diaphragm pump be used to pressurize a container?

If the output of a diaphragm pump is impeded in any way, or meant to be at higher pressure than the input of the diaphragm pump, will it work, or will it stall out and fail to pump? In addition to ...