High Energy Abrasive Service Pump Upgrade
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A refining company in the gulf coast had been experiencing accelerated wear on their coke cutting jet pump resulting in major expenditure and down time on a 6-10 month cycle. Application requirements necessitated a pump capable of producing high differential head, while accommodating varied fluid and significant abrasive fines. Frequently pumps are sold and orders are won based on typical quantitative metrics such as efficiency, capital cost and historical design. The following case study shows how minor design changes based on design for longevity can yield cost savings beyond those typically measured on new order contracts.
McPherson, Scott; Summa, Calvin (2009). High Energy Abrasive Service Pump Upgrade. Texas A&M University. Turbomachinery Laboratories. Available electronically from