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Pump Efficiency: Where, Hydraulic power, P h (kW) = Q x (h d - h s ) x x g / 1000 Q = Volume flow rate (m 3 /s), = density of the fluid (kg/m 3 ), g = acceleration due to gravity (m/s 2 ), (h d - h s ) = Total head in metres
As run Trials for Determination of Pump Efficiency To determine the pump efficiency, three key parameters are required: Flow, Head and Power . Of these, flow measurement is the most crucial parameter as normally accurate online flow meters are hardly available, in majority of pumping systems. The following methods can be adopted to assess the flow depending on the availability and site conditions.
2-Ultrasonic Flow meters: Operating on Doppler effect principle, these meters are non-invasive, meaning measurements can be taken without disturbing the system. Scales and rust in the pipes are likely to impact the accuracy
Ensure measurements are taken in a sufficiently long length of pipe free from flow disturbance due to bends, tees and other fittings.
The pipe section where measurement is to be taken should be hammered gently to enable scale and rust to fall out.
For better accuracy, a section of the pipe can be replaced with new pipe for flow measurements.
3-Tank filling method: In open flow systems such as water getting pumped to an overhead tank or a sump, the flow can be measured by noting the difference in tank levels for a specified period during which the outlet flow from the tank is stopped. The internal tank dimensions should be preferable taken from the design drawings, in the absence of which direct measurements may be resorted to.
4-Installation of an on-line flow meter: If the application to be measured is going to be critical and periodic then the best option would be to install an on-line flow meter which can get rid of the major problems encountered with other types.
The generic opportunities for pumping system energy efficiency improvement include:-
Operation of the pump at a duty point close to the best efficiency point in terms of head and flow. In other words, choice of right pump for given duty.
Minimum restrictions in suction path and providing maximum possible suction head for pump.
Minimum restrictions in discharge path, especially throttling controls.
Good maintenance practices to avoid recirculation effects and proper condition of impellers (wear-out, pitting, etc).
Ensuring good dynamic balancing of shaft and fit condition of bearings
Ensuring correct voltage supply.
Operating at minimum possible discharge pressure, with respect to end use requirements.
Rationalizing the pipe size for optimum pressure drops
Minimizing losses in bends/valves
Good housekeeping practices
Replacement option by high efficiency pumps
Need based option of variable speed drives for efficient capacity control
Fans – Purpose of the As run performance Tests : The purpose of such tests is to determine, under actual operating conditions, the volume flow rate, the power input and the total pressure rise across the fan. These test results will provide actual value for the flow resistance of the air duct system, which can be compared with the value specified by supplier.
Performance Terms and Definitions Fan Efficiency: The air power static divided by impeller power Static Pressure: The absolute pressure at a point minus the reference atmospheric pressure. Dynamic Pressure: The rise in static pressure which occurs when air moving with specified velocity at a point is bought to rest without loss of mechanical energy. It is also known as velocity pressure. Total Pressure : The sum of static pressures and dynamic pressures at a point. Fan Shaft Power: The mechanical power supplied to the fan shaft Motor Input Power: The electrical power supplied to the terminals of an electric motor drive
ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLE :As run Performance of ID FANS