Development Of A Smart Pumping System
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In today’s global economy, process plants are under constant pressure to reduce costs. Users can no longer afford their attempts to make pumps bulletproof by upgrading component specifications. The development of a smart pumping system was fostered by a challenge from a major chemical user to reduce the total cost of pump ownership. A smart pumping system was successfully developed that can react and adjust itself to system changes without manual intervention. The system is fault tolerant by virtue of the control software, which will not permit the pump to operate outside user specified ranges, or under conditions that typically cause pumps to fail. A variable speed controller can match pump output to exact system head requirements, without the need for energy consuming control valves. The smart pumping system can significantly reduce all major components of life-cycle cost. Field-testing proceeded without incident after initial installation problems were resolved.
Stavale, Anthony E.; Lorenc, Jerome A.; Sabini, Eugene P. (2001). Development Of A Smart Pumping System. Texas A&M University. Turbomachinery Laboratories. Available electronically from