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Centrifugal Pumps
Pump Characteristic Curves
Characteristic curves are used to show the performance of

## a pump at a constant speed.

Centrifugal Pumps
Pump Characteristic Curves
Pump characteristic curves

characteristics:

## as discharge (Q) increases.

Pump efficiency (e)

## increases with discharge

to a maximum and then
decreases afterward.
The discharge where

efficiency is maximum is
called rated discharge (or
normal discharge).
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System head curve is the relationship between the required head (H) and discharge

## (Q) of the pipeline system.

Static suction head: The vertical distance from the water level in the source tank
to the centerline of the pump.
Static discharge head: The vertical distance from the centerline of the pump to
the water level in the discharge tank.
Total static head (Z): Sum of static suction and static discharge heads, which
equals the difference between water levels of the discharge and source tanks.
Head loss (hL): Sum of friction loss and the minor loss.

Total dynamic head (H) is the sum of the total static head

## and the head loss including friction and minor losses.

increasing discharge.

## Single Pump and Pipeline System

The suitability of a pump for a pipeline system may be
evaluated as follows:
Plot the pump characteristic curves.
The intersection of the above two curve is the

## operating point, where the head provided by the pump

satisfies the head required by the pipeline system.
Check the efficiency of the pump at this operating
point. If too low, another pump should be considered.
Repeat the process until a desirable efficiency is
obtained.
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Illustration
Pump Characteristic Curves and System Head Curve

Example
A pump having the characteristic curves given in the following table
is to be used in the pipeline system shown in the following figure.
Determine (a) the operating head and discharge, (b) efficiency of the
pump and hence it suitability, and input power (brake horsepower)
for the pump. f =0.02.

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Centrifugal Pumps
Horsepower
The energy associated with pump operation may be expressed as

follows :
Water horsepower (WHP) = the power needed by water to

WHP = QH/550

## the pump shaft by the motor to deliver WHP

BHP = WHP /

= pump efficiency

## Input horsepower (IHP) to the motor:

IHP = WHP / /m

m = motor efficiency
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Centrifugal Pumps
Horsepower
Pump efficiency varies with Q:

## The required motor horsepower for a pump of a

given speed can be determined from the
characteristic curves through the following steps:
Determine the water horsepower for the specified