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Power Plant Centrifugal Pumps
Problem Analysis and Troubleshooting

ISBN 9781439813782
Published March 27, 2017 by CRC Press
182 Pages 120 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

In the critical work of maintaining power plant machinery, operating difficulties with centrifugal pumps will inevitably occur because of the essential requirement for electric power plants to operate at all times throughout the year. The root causes and solutions for pump failure comprise major areas of study for engineers in seeking the highest availability of electricity-generating units, extending time between major machinery overhauls and providing early detection of potential failure modes well in advance of machine degradation.

This guide for engineers provides a comprehensive overview of the fundamentals of centrifugal pumps, addressing the range of pump operating problems encountered in both fossil and nuclear power plants. The book is divided into three sequential parts: Part I - Primer on Centrifugal Pumps, Part II -Power Plant Centrifugal Pump Applications, and Part III - Trouble-Shooting Case Studies. Employing effective research models developed through years of experience, the author draws on an extensive range of scholarship that covers the detrimental impact of power plant pump failures on overall plant performance, as well as the preventative measures that aid in successful pump maintenance. After covering the performance and components of centrifugal pumps, operating failure modes are covered both for fossil and nuclear power plants. This is followed by the presentation of several power plant pump troubleshooting case studies. The text also walks readers through the various other industrial applications of centrifugal pumps, as in their use within petrochemical plants and in ocean vessel propulsion systems. Recognizing the warning signs of specific impending pump failure modes is essential to minimizing the financial costs of dealing with pump operating problems. To this end, the author lays out a range of theoretical models and relevant examples in support of the essential work of power plant pump use and maintenance:

Table of Contents

Part-I: Basic Principles, Application and Operation of Centrifugal Pumps

Pump Fluid Mechanics Principles

Pump Performance and Design

Mechanical Components and Design

Matching Pump to System Requirements

Pump Reliability and Failure Modes

Condition Monitoring and Diagnostics

Part-II: Centrifugal Pump Applications In Power Plants

Overall Pumping Needs of Fossil Plants

Overall Pumping Needs of Nuclear Plants

Fossil and Nuclear Feed Water Pumps

Condensate Pumps

Boiler Circulating Pumps

Condenser Circulating Pumps

PWR Reactor Coolant Pumps

BWR Reactor Circulating Pumps

Heater Drain Pumps

Plant Service and Miscellaneous Pumps

Part-III: Trouble-Shooting Analyses and Case Studies

Boiler Feed Water Pumps

Condensate Pumps

Reactor Coolant and Circulating Pumps

Nuclear Feed Water Pumps

Addition Pump Problems and Topics

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