3rd Edition

Pump Characteristics and Applications

ISBN 9781466563087
Published October 21, 2013 by CRC Press
516 Pages 215 Color Illustrations

USD $180.00

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Book Description

Providing a wealth of information on pumps and pump systems, Pump Characteristics and Applications, Third Edition details how pump equipment is selected, sized, operated, maintained, and repaired. The book identifies the key components of pumps and pump accessories, introduces the basics of pump and system hydraulics as well as more advanced hydraulic topics, and details various pump types, as well as special materials on seals, motors, variable frequency drives, and other pump-related subjects. It uses example problems throughout the text, reinforcing the practical application of the formulae and analytical presentations. It also includes new images highlighting the latest generation of pumps and other components, explores troubleshooting options, and incorporates relevant additions into the existing chapters.

What’s New in This Edition:

  • Includes more than 150 full-color images which significantly improve the reader’s ability to understand pump drawings and curves
  • Introduces a new chapter on pump case studies in a format that provides case study background, analysis, solutions, and lessons learned
  • Presents important new updates and additions to other chapters
  • Includes a ten-step procedure for determining total pump head
  • Discusses allowable and preferred operating ranges for centrifugal pumps
  • Provides charts covering maximum and normally attainable pump efficiencies, performance corrections for slurry pumps, and mechanical seal flush plans

Pump Characteristics and Applications, Third Edition is appropriate for readers with all levels of technical experience, including engineering and pump industry professionals, pump operators and maintenance technicians, upper-level undergraduate and graduate students in mechanical engineering, and students in engineering technology programs.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Pumps

What Is a Pump?

Why Increase a Liquid’s Pressure?

Pressure and Head

Classification of Pumps

How Centrifugal Pumps Work

PD Pumps

Hydraulics, Selection, and Curves


Pump Capacity

Total Head

Performance Curve

Horsepower and Efficiency

NPSH and Cavitation

Specific Speed and Suction Specific Speed

Affinity Laws

System Head Curves

Parallel Operation

Series Operation

Oversizing Pumps

Pump Speed Selection

Special Hydraulic Considerations



Software to Size Pumps and Systems

Piping Layout

Sump Design

Field Testing

Centrifugal Pump Types and Applications



End Suction Pumps

Inline Pumps

Self-Priming Centrifugal Pumps

Split Case Double-Suction Pumps

Multistage Pumps

Vertical Column Pumps

Submersible Pumps

Slurry Pumps

Vertical Turbine Pumps

Axial Flow Pumps

Regenerative Turbine Pumps

Pump Specifications and Standards


Electric Motors

Sealing Systems and Sealless Pumps



Stuffing Box and Packing Assembly

Mechanical Seals

Sealless Pumps

Energy Conservation and Life-Cycle Costs


Choosing the Most Efficient Pump

Operating with Minimal Energy

Variable-Speed Pumping Systems

Pump Life-Cycle Costs

Special Pump-Related Topics


Variable-Speed Systems

Sealless Pumps


Nonmetallic Pumps

Materials Used for O-Rings in Pumps

High-Speed Pumps

Bearings and Bearing Lubrication

Precision Alignment Techniques

Software to Size Pumps and Systems

Installation, Operation, and Maintenance


Installation, Alignment, and Startup





Case Studies


Case Studies




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Michael W. Volk, PE, is the president of Volk & Associates, Inc., Oakland, California, volkassociates.com, a consulting company specializing in pumps and pump systems. Volk’s services include pump training seminars; pump equipment evaluation, troubleshooting, and field testing; expert witness for pump litigation; witnessing of pump shop tests; pump market research; and acquisition and divestiture consultation and brokerage. A member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and a registered professional engineer, Volk received his BS degree (1973) in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana, and his MS degree (1976) in mechanical engineering and his MS degree (1980) in management science from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He may be contacted at [email protected]


"…This book is highly recommended for anyone who works with and designs pump systems on a daily basis, as well as anyone learning about pumps for the first time."
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