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Avoid hidden costs of suction-specific speed in pumping

05.01.2013  |  Bailey, J. ,  ITT Goulds Pumps, Seneca Falls, New YorkBradshaw, S. ,  ITT Goulds Pumps, Seneca Falls, New York

Keywords: [pumps] [engineering and design] [loss prevention] [refining]

More than 30 years ago, a landmark study observed a relationship between suction-specific speed and the probability of pump failure that changed the way pumps are selected. This observation created the common perception that a lower suction-specific speed value equals higher pump reliability, with a value below 11,000 established as a common benchmark for good reliability.

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