Pump Characteristics and Applications, Third Edition

Pump Characteristics and Applications, Third Edition

by Michael Volk

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466563087
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 11/25/2013
Series: Mechanical Engineering Series , #223
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 516
Sales rank: 1,276,441
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Michael W. Volk, PE, is the president of Volk & Associates, Inc., Oakland, California, volkassociates.com, a consulting company specializing in pumps and pump systems. Volk’s services include pump training seminars; pump equipment evaluation, troubleshooting, and field testing; expert witness for pump litigation; witnessing of pump shop tests; pump market research; and acquisition and divestiture consultation and brokerage. A member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and a registered professional engineer, Volk received his BS degree (1973) in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana, and his MS degree (1976) in mechanical engineering and his MS degree (1980) in management science from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He may be contacted at mike@volkassociates.com.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Pumps

What Is a Pump?

Why Increase a Liquid’s Pressure?

Pressure and Head

Classification of Pumps

How Centrifugal Pumps Work

PD Pumps

Hydraulics, Selection, and Curves


Pump Capacity

Total Head

Performance Curve

Horsepower and Efficiency

NPSH and Cavitation

Specific Speed and Suction Specific Speed

Affinity Laws

System Head Curves

Parallel Operation

Series Operation

Oversizing Pumps

Pump Speed Selection

Special Hydraulic Considerations



Software to Size Pumps and Systems

Piping Layout

Sump Design

Field Testing

Centrifugal Pump Types and Applications



End Suction Pumps

Inline Pumps

Self-Priming Centrifugal Pumps

Split Case Double-Suction Pumps

Multistage Pumps

Vertical Column Pumps

Submersible Pumps

Slurry Pumps

Vertical Turbine Pumps

Axial Flow Pumps

Regenerative Turbine Pumps

Pump Specifications and Standards


Electric Motors

Sealing Systems and Sealless Pumps



Stuffing Box and Packing Assembly

Mechanical Seals

Sealless Pumps

Energy Conservation and Life-Cycle Costs


Choosing the Most Efficient Pump

Operating with Minimal Energy

Variable-Speed Pumping Systems

Pump Life-Cycle Costs

Special Pump-Related Topics


Variable-Speed Systems

Sealless Pumps


Nonmetallic Pumps

Materials Used for O-Rings in Pumps

High-Speed Pumps

Bearings and Bearing Lubrication

Precision Alignment Techniques

Software to Size Pumps and Systems

Installation, Operation, and Maintenance


Installation, Alignment, and Startup





Case Studies


Case Studies




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