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Practical Considerations in Pump Suction Arrangements

Randall W. Whitesides, PE

A great deal of attention is given to pump discharge pipe design because this is where continuing operational economics come to bear: Engineering know-how regarding pipe size and configuration in an attempt to optimize installed cost versus long-term power consumption is emphasized here. However, just as important are sump design, suction piping design, suction pipe size, and suction pipe support. These are all critical considerations when proper and successful pump operation is at stake. It is here on the suction side of the pump that chronic problems within the pump are perpetuated and sometimes magnified. From this side blossoms the cost associated with maintenance, reliability, and lost production due to downtime. This course focuses on the sometimes neglected and often overlooked aspects of pumping fundamental practices that comprise good suction arrangements.

This course includes a multiple choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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