Required Pump Shaft Power

Accurate selection of the pump drive and calculation of operating cost or feasibility studies require the knowledge of the drive power required for the pump to operate at the required Duty Point.

The shaft power requirement or the power input of the pump are, as the hydraulic performance, also shown in a graph.

  • It demonstrates the dependence of power input on the flow rate.
  • Max. shaft power requirements are reached at max. flow for many pump types.

The drive motor is to be sized to suit that point of the pump.

Small pumps (e.g. heating circulators) are typically equipped with motors that allow operation over the entire characteristic curve. This reduces the number of types, and as a result, easier stocking of spare parts is guaranteed.

For larger pumps, several motor options are usually offered so that the appropriate drive can be selected according to the operating conditions. If the specified duty point of a pump is located on the left hand portion of the duty curve with a corresponding lower power input it is feasible to select a smaller size motor. In such case however exists the hazard of overloading that size motor if the actual duty point allows a higher flow rate than that calculated (a more flat system curve).

As in practice there is always the danger of the duty point having shifted it must be recommended to select the motor to drive a pump with power reserve of approx. 5 to 20% above that theoretically required.

To determine the operating costs of a pump it must be principally distinguished between the required shaft power P2 [kW] of the pump and the electrical power input of the motor P1 [kW].

The latter is the basis for determining the operating costs. It can, In case that only the shaft power requirements P2 are given, be determined by dividing that value by the motor efficiency.

The electric power input P1 is stated where pump and drive motor are an integrated unit such as submersible pumps. Here it is even customary to state both P1 and P2 values.

The required shaft power P2 is generally given in the case of aggregates, where pump and motor are coupled or rigidly connected to non-submersible pumps. This is necessary to allow the use of most distinctly different types of motors - beginning from IEC-standards up to the special design motors - with their varying electrical criteria such as power inputs and efficiencies.

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