May 2018

Fluid Flow and Rotating Equipment

High-energy pump balance line flow monitoring using ultrasonic flow measurements

The objective of this article is to demonstrate the value of utilizing portable or permanently mounted ultrasonic flow measurement technology to measure and monitor high-energy pump hydraulic balance line flow.

Brashler, K., Saudi Aramco

The objective of this article is to demonstrate the value of utilizing portable or permanently mounted ultrasonic flow measurement technology to measure and monitor high-energy pump hydraulic balance line flow. Monitoring and trending hydraulic balance line flow provides valuable information related to the hydraulic health of the pump, facilitates effective maintenance planning and identifies energy savings potential. Background. High-energy pumps are utilized in many pumping systems. API defines high-energy pumps as those with heads greater than 200 m (650 ft) per stage and with more than 225 kW (300 hp) per stage. Typically, high-energy pumps utilize a stacked impeller design, where all of

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