Centrifugal pumps’ simplicity in design and versatility in application make them one of the most common pumps in the world. They are capable of handling enormous volumes of fluid and a variety of head. With few moving parts, centrifugal pumps are not only easy to operate but also have longer operation times and low maintenance. Their applications range from industrial, commercial, and residential activities to scientific and municipal operations. Centrifugal pump advantages are numerous. This article covers the top reasons that make March Pumps’ centrifugal pumps stand out over other conventional centrifugal pumps and reciprocating pumps. So let’s see why you should choose centrifugal pumps.
Advantages of Using a Centrifugal Pump
March Pumps centrifugal pumps have a proven track record in terms of durability. The secret lies in their ability to withstand high levels of corrosive liquids from various chemicals. Chemical distributors and manufacturers as well as those handling highly corrosive fluids can carry out a wide range of applications without any perpetual fear of skyrocketing wear and tear costs. Thanks to the potential of extended service life with March Pump’s centrifugal pump’s reliability, you stand to enjoy an enhanced return on investment.
In any industrial setup that utilizes pumps, energy costs are consistently one of, if not, the largest elements regarding pump systems. Nonetheless, trends in industries seem to favor centrifugal pumps over other pump systems when it comes to energy savings. Whatever the applications in question are, industries could certainly benefit from efficient energy use, more so if the applications involve a series of multiple centrifugal pumps.
Another centrifugal pump benefit has to do with its flow. The impellers inside the pump move in a smooth rotating motion that supplies an even pressure throughout the fluid. This, consequently, leads to a more uniform discharge of fluids compared to a positive displacement pump’s pulsating and erratic motion. The downside of having an uneven and pulsating fluid motion, is it forces engineers to make special design considerations in pipes to prevent cracks and other forms of weaknesses along the pipes. This can potentially cause design, installation, and operational costs to spiral.
There is a reason why people keep coming back to centrifugal pumps for long-term fluid transfer applications. It is because they have a proven track record in reliability. They tend to have a more rugged design than reciprocating pumps which enhances their durability. March Pump’s centrifugal pumps serve a wide range of industries and are favored thanks to their abiding performance.
Centrifugal pumps usually require less maintenance than positive displacement pumps, even though both have fairly straightforward maintenance routines. How so? Centrifugal pumps have fewer moving parts than positive displacement pumps, which means they often have a longer performance time. Additionally, with fewer moving parts, repair times are likely to be shorter and less costly in the event an issue arises.
Another centrifugal pump benefit is the fact that its design allows it to occupy much less floor space for the same capacity than reciprocating pumps. Furthermore, if you want a centrifugal pump with a larger capacity, all you have to do is increase the speed of the impeller as well as the sizes of the inlet and outlet diameters. At March Pumps, we offer a wide range of sizes for our centrifugal pumps designed to accommodate various flow rates. These pumps can be used in multiple applications from small to large industries.
Centrifugal pump configuration is not a one-size-fits-all deal for all applications. Depending on the objectives and applications, the pumps can be adjusted to meet varying industry needs. At March Pumps, we take great pride in offering diverse pump configurations that accommodate all budget ranges and are suited for multiple uses. We currently have the following configurations:
- Self-priming Configuration – Ideal when the liquid supply level is lower than the inlet of the pump.
- Vertical Configuration – Ideal when the pump is completely submerged in the fluid.
- Flooded Suction Configuration – Ideal when the liquid supply level is higher than the inlet of the pump.
Unlike positive displacement pumps, a well-functioning centrifugal pump produces little noise while in operation. You can’t expect complete silence; a centrifugal pump produces a steady, constant noise. In an industrial setting, where there are likely unpleasant sounds and noise coming from several machines, a steady centrifugal pump is a welcoming system. That said, there can be times when a centrifugal pump produces persistent irritating sounds. It often happens when, for one reason or another, the pump fails to deliver sufficient pressure or impeller vanes are compromised. However rare, if your configuration produces an unusual sound, have it checked by a specialist as soon as possible.
Less Frictional Losses
March Pumps’ centrifugal pumps have been designed to minimize frictional losses arising from internal surfaces as well as internal turbulence. By incorporating an innovative design, bends in the pumps are seamless and are deliberately fashioned to avoid eddies. A forward-thinking approach to fitting, valve, pipe, impeller and reducer design enables March Pumps’ centrifugal pumps to achieve a high level of efficiency and durability.
When to Use a Centrifugal Pump
We have covered the top reasons why you should choose a March Pump centrifugal pump, but when exactly must you opt for a centrifugal pump over a positive displacement pump? Generally, centrifugal pumps are preferred when handling low viscosity fluids in massive quantities. For any application setup that would require the transfer of large fluid volumes by the pump, a centrifugal pump is the way to go. Some examples of ideal applications here include:
- Water circulation
- Seawater transfer
- Boiler feed
- General water supply
Suffice to say, centrifugal pumps are most used with clean liquids. However, exceptions can be made when the impellers have been redesigned. If you would like to learn more about centrifugal pumps, we invite you to get in touch with us. We are more than glad to help!