Series Operation of Centrifugal Pumps

Series Operation of Centrifugal Pumps (Booster)

In order to increase the volumetric flow rate in a system or to compensate for large major or minor losses, centrifugal pumps are often used in parallel or in series.

Series operation of centrifugal pumps is used to overcome large system head loss, or to gain large pressure increase when liquid is injected into very high pressure system (e.g. High Pressure Safety Injection Systems in PWRs, where multi-stage pumps are used).

When a centrifugal pump is operated in a closed loop, the resulting discharge pressure will be simply the sum of the suction pressure and the pressure normally developed by the pump when operating at zero suction pressure. Therefore it is well suited for use as a booster pump when operated in series. The head produced by two or more pumps is equal to the sum of the individual heads. The volumetric flow rate from the inlet of the first pump to the outlet of the second remains the same. In practical application the multi-stage pumps (multiple impeller pump) are build in order to reach higher pump head.

Series operation of centrifugal pumps

 
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Centrifugal Pumps