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Why do we use head as a measurement of a pump’s capacity and not pressure? The short answer is that it is more convenient. Convenient for who?
Pressure or head
The document below is a primer on pump systems, it’s not required reading but will help the user with pump system concepts and terminology; and also, fascinating aspects of fluids in motion. If the Romans can do it, we can do it too, see the following document.
Understanding pump systems
1. Pumps and how they work. The basics: pumping from one tank to another Support document:
Head and pressure formulas and sketches
2. Determining flow and pump total head. Support document: Pipe friction tables
3. More about pressure, head and the syphon
4. Branch systems
5. Suction or not
6. Specific gravity, head and pressure
7. Specific speed of a centrifugal pump
8. The venturi
9. Centrifugal pump performance curves part 1
10. Centrifugal pump performance curves part 2
11. System curve
12. Cavitation, what is it?
13. Minimum submersion height to avoid vortex formation
14. How to build an upside down aquarium in your dreams?
The following videos are a re-constitution of a presentation I gave in September 2014 to the Society of Piping Engineers and Designers of Calgary. It's a basic introduction to pump systems.
15a. Pumping and piping part 1, SPED presentation, Calgary March 27, 2013
15b. Pumping and piping part 2, SPED presentation, Calgary March 27, 2013
15c. Pumping and piping part 3, SPED presentation, Calgary March 27, 2013
15d. Pumping and piping part 4, SPED presentation, Calgary March 27, 2013
15e. Pumping and piping part 5, SPED presentation, Calgary March 27, 2013
15f. Pumping and piping part 6, SPED presentation, Calgary March 27, 2013
15g. Pumping and piping part 7, SPED presentation, Calgary March 27, 2013
15h. Pumping and piping part 8, SPED presentation, Calgary March 27, 2013
16. Buying your first pump, Calgary October, 2013
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If you're currently designing a system or checking out an existing one, here are some ideas on what to avoid and what to look for.
An alphabetical list of pump and pump system terms that will show as well as explain the terminology.
This section is devoted to NEW ITEMS that have been added to the site or just interesting downloads or ideas that I have come across. Updated on April 9, 2009
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