Troubleshooting Guide Compilation for Centrifugal Pumps


Centrifugal pumps are one of the most common forms of unit operations in the world. They are the heart of any processing plant and their reliability and performance are intrinsically linked to total plant performance. The ability to identify pump performance degradation, impeller wear, cavitation, as well as perform adequate preventative maintenance is critical to getting optimal results.

Luckily, because they are the most popular piece of equipment for transporting liquids there is also a huge amount of literature and guides available, and one of the best pieces of advice is not to re-invent the wheel. To go through every possible pumping problem and troubleshooting tips is extremely time-consuming and tedious. This guide is a compilation of some of the better quality pump troubleshooting guides available online, and is an informative resource for engineers seeking answers.

The Centrifugal Pump - Grundfos

Slurry Pumping Manual: A Technical Application Guide for Users of Centrifugal Slurry Pumps and Slurry Pumping Systems - Warman International

Warman Slurry Pumping Handbook - Warman International

Pump Principles Manual - Chesterton

Slurry Handbook: Guidelines for Slurry Pumping - Flygt

Centrifugal Pumps: Basic Concepts of Operation, Maintenance, and Troubleshooting

Pumps: Selection and Troubleshooting - Birla Institute of Technology and Science

Pump Vibration Troubleshooting - Mechanical Solutions


Offline Resources:

Centrifugal Pumps - J. Gulich

Troubleshooting Centrifugal Pumps and their Systems - R. Palgrave

Pump Selection and Troubleshooting Field Guide - R. Beverly

Practical Centrifugal Pumps: Design, Operation and Maintenance - P. Girdhar

Troubleshooting Process Operations - N. Lieberman


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