Choosing a right slurry pump
Jan 11, 2021
PUMPS are the backbone of the process industry. In a process plant, it is necessary to move material from one point to another. In keeping with the laws of thermodynamics, fluids move from an area of high pressure to low, and depending on the plant layout often require the assistance of a pump to achieve this. With many different pump types available, selecting the right pump can be tricky, especially when slurries are involved.

Slurry pump selection

Slurries are often very abrasive and may contain large solid particles. This makes wear life and the ability to pass these large solids key considerations in pump design and application.

Some things to consider before moving onto pump selection are:

Slip conditions – when the solid and carrier velocities differ significantly;
Pipe size – ensure the pipe ID is considerably bigger than maximum particle size;
Piping design (using recirculation loops to ensure the slurry is constantly moving; using falls, so the slurry drains to a safe point; using long radius bends; installing rodding or flushing points; minimising bends; minimising dead legs; minimising suction pipework);
static head requirements;
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Pump types

As with many pump duties, both rotary and positive-displacement pumps can be utilised. The following are some of the aspects to consider when selecting the type of pump for your slurry. However, always check with specialist pump suppliers before making a final decision

Centrifugal pumps

The most common pumps generally in use are centrifugal pumps. When specifying this type of pump, as a minimum, the following must be considered:

Impeller type – A recessed impeller type can be used, the design minimises contact between the particles and the impeller thereby minimising wear on the impeller whilst being gentle on the particles. Open impeller types can be used, as they are generally easier to clean and maintain. Closed impellers are often regarded as having the best efficiency but can be difficult to clean. The thickness should have suitable wear allowance. You should also consider any impact caused by the required impeller speed.
Casing type – Metal casings can be used. These may be lined with rubber for added protection or as a sacrificial wear part. Split casings can also be considered, but these can be expensive. The thickness should have suitable wear allowance.

Clearances – Slurry centrifugal pumps should have larger clearances than pure liquid pumps, to allow solids to pass through but also to reduce the velocity within the pump, thereby minimising wear.

Slurry Pump selection

Technical dept.
Hebei Tobee Pump Co.,Limited