Choosing The Right Slurry Pump For Your Application
Choosing the right slurry pump for your application can be a daunting task. Slurry pumps can be found in almost all industries and play a vital role in many processes.The 4 key aspects to look for when determining the right slurry pump are slurry pump design, pump materials of construction, slurry pump seals, and proper slurry pump power sizing.Next, the slurry pump supplier will share them with you.
Slurry pump design
The design of the slurry pump is critical to ensure that the abrasive and often corrosive aspects of the slurry do not damage the impeller. In addition, slurries and sludges may contain large amounts of unforeseen solids, which will inevitably clog many types of pumps. Since most centrifugal pump impellers have very tight tolerances on the worm gear, the abrasive (and sometimes corrosive) nature of the slurry will quickly wear down the worm gear and destroy the tolerances. In turn, this causes the pump to lose suction. This can lead to extensive downtime of the slurry pump, as well as expensive maintenance and spare parts.
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Slurry pump construction materials
Choosing the right material for a slurry pump is another key process in determining the right pump for handling slurry. If the slurry is highly abrasive with neutral pH, then the best material of construction is Hi-Chrome. this metallurgy has the highest Brinell hardness and can withstand the abrasiveness of the slurry.
On the other hand, if the slurry is not only abrasive but also has a low pH, then a duplex stainless steel construction is preferable. This material is best suited for slurry pumps to withstand harsh materials (such as acids) while still having a high Brinell hardness.
Slurry pump seals
Depending on the abrasive nature of the slurry, it is important to select the ideal seal. Slurry pump seals should have a hardened surface made of silicon carbide or tungsten carbide. Vortex pumps use patented seal technology that utilizes a double mechanical seal setup and a separate seal flushing system. This allows the sealing surface to be kept cool at all times without causing the slurry to overheat the seal and crack the surface.
Slurry pump power adjustment
It is critical to determine the right slurry pump size and power requirements for your application. Depending on the abrasive nature of the slurry, it is important to select a pump size that will allow it to run at a slow enough speed to extend the life of the slurry pump. The ideal RPM to run a slurry pump is between 900 and 1200 RPM. Once that speed is started to be exceeded, the life of the pump is greatly reduced because the wear points of the slurry pump are actually sandblasted.