Hydraulic Institute Guidebook on Mechanical Seals for Pumps

Hydraulic Institute supported by 19 industry experts and in cooperation with the Fluid Sealing Association has compiled the most comprehensive book to date on mechanical seals. It is easy to read and filled with drawings, photographs and reference tables.

Chapter 3, Basic Operation Principles, provides in just seven pages an excellent overview of the essential elements of a mechanical seal—how it functions, how it’s lubricated and how to estimate power consumption of a liquid-lubricated seal.

There are 113 drawings and photographs, many in colour, that illustrate the text. The 28 colour photographs in Chapter 23, Troubleshooting Mechanical Seals, show actual wear. These photos are accompanied by text that explains the probable cause of each type of wear.

There are 16 reference tables. Table 15.6: Material selection guide for mechanical seals is 20 pages long and contains compatibility guidelines for more than 500 products. Chapter 2, Definitions, is a 20 page dictionary of the terms used in reference to mechanical seals and their operating environments. The 56 terms identified in the table in Appendix B are shown with their corresponding symbols and units of measurement inboth metric and U.S. customary units.

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Hydraulic Institute Guidebook on Optimizing Pumping Systems

Twenty-two industry experts have compiled a comprehensive book on optimizing pumping systems. Energy losses in the pumping system as a whole are often greater than energy losses in the pumping unit.

Read this book to learn how optimizing both existing and new pumping systems and purchasing based on life cycle costs will lead to increased profitability through a reduction in unnecessary, expensive energy consumption and maintenance costs.

Optimizing Pumping Systems includes: • Executive Summary • Chapter 1 – Pump Fundamentals • Chapter 2 – Pump and System Interaction • Chapter 3 – Calculating Cost of Ownership • Chapter 4 – Improving the Performance of Existing Pumping Systems • Chapter 5 – Building Better Pumping Systems: Optimizing New Designs • Chapter 6 – Pumping System Economics—Opportunities to Improve Life Cycle Performance • 13 page Glossary of Terms • Case Studies

These guidebooks are available from the Europump Secretariat.

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European Guide to Pump Efficiency for Single Stage Centrifugal Pumps

This guide is for anyone wishing to buy or select pumps and save money. The aim is to help you choose an efficient pump. This will reduce your energy costs. In some cases the saving from just one additional point of efficiency can pay for your pump.

Europump position on the restriction of PFAS

Published: 1/02/2023 | PFAS

PFAS materials are used in many of the listed and further applications, mainly as sealings, bearings, cable sheaths, coatings, pump inserts and membranes, due to their extraordinary behaviour. As the PFAS materials, which are up to 100 times more expensive compared to standard materials, are only used in those cases, where no alternative is available, Europump rejects the broad restriction of PFAS, as many vital applications will not work without PFAS materials. 

Europump presents its approach to the circular economy

Published: 31/12/2022 | Circular Economy, CEAP

The European Commission has adopted the Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP) which was initially introduced in March 2020. It is one of the main building blocks of the European Green Deal, Europe’s agenda for sustainable growth. The transition to a circular economy is expected to support the efficient use of natural resources and create sustainable growth and jobs. It is considered as a prerequisite to achieve the EU’s climate neutrality target and to halt biodiversity loss.

Europump GHG emissions guide

Published: 15/02/2024 |

This guideline will serve as a tool for pump manufacturers to calculate the Green House Gas (GHG) emissions from pump units in their use phase according to category 11 of the GHG protocol. The guideline presents potential approaches and concepts to consider when e.g. setting Science Based Targets in relation to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) or in general when calculating the GHG emission from pump units in their use phase.

Pump Life Cycle Costs Guide

Pump Life Cycle Costs A Guide to LCC Analysis for Pumping Systems

This guide is the result of collaboration between the Hydraulic Institute, Europump and the US Department of Energy’s Office of Industrial Technologies (OIT).

Life Cycle Cost (LCC) analysis is a management tool that can help companies minimise waste and maximise energy efficiency for many types of systems, including pumping systems. This guide will assist plant owners/operators in applying the LCC methodology to pumping systems.

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Europump guide on System Efficiency

The Europump guide on System Efficiency gives clear and authoritative data on how to optimise energy consumption within rotodynamic pumping systems.

It covers the following topics:

  • Basic Plant layout
  • Pipework configuration and restrictions
  • Liquid velocity in pipework
  • System characteristics and pump selection
  • Pumping systems control

The guide includes a pipe flow energy software CD produced by

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