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ITRC Paper No. P 08-001.  Charles M. Burt, Franklin Gaudi, and Daniel J. Howes

Improving Pump Performance

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Options can be specified to minimize power consumption by vertical pumps - both when new and over the life of the pump.  Options discussed include bowl coatings, proper well development, improved suction screens, using closed impeller designs, increasing column size, using new bearings, providing proper bearing lubrication, impeller balancing, and polishing impellers.  The proper TDH and flow rate must be specified, and the advantages of VFD controls are covered.


Burt, C.M., F. Gaudi, and D.J. Howes. 2008.¬†Improving Pump Performance.¬†Presented at Irrigation Association 28th Annual International Irrigation Show.  San Diego, CA.  December 9, 2007. 9 pp.

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