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Curve Corrections for Different Fluids

Pump curves are mostly established for water.

Duty (H-Q) and efficiency (h-Q) curves become close to being valid for all Newtonian fluids. In practice this will however become not applicable for fluids of kinematic viscosities above 20mm˛/s ( 20 cst ) due to the influence of a higher Reynolds Number with increasing viscosity. Empirical conversion methods have been developed for curve corrections for medium- and high-viscous fluids, which in practice require extensive interpretations of complicated diagrams.

Adavance pump selection programs (e.g. Spaix) contain a curve correction method whose development is mainly based on methods proposed by the Hydraulic Institute / USA).

The Best Efficiency Point of the pump is of vital importance with all the known curve correction methods.

The following conditions can be stated for the validity of this method:

  • Fluid displacement by means of a centrifugal pump under normal operating conditions
  • Handling of Newtonian Fluids

Also see:
Newtonian Fluid
Best Efficiency Point (BEP)

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