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Extending pump life expectancy

07 October 2019

Feedwater pumps are the heart of any steam generation process and as such, they are considered critical assets. When viewed from the cardiologic perspective, feedwater pump criticality becomes patently obvious, without a healthy, reliable heart, the process will degrade and eventually cease to function.

Just as an electro-cardiogram provides a medical expert with valuable performance data on the human heart during a stress test, field pump performance testing provides the expert with developed head, capacity and efficiency data under normal (or abnormal) operating conditions.

Chris Muscavage, Field Technical Service Engineer, at Sulzer, looks at the importance of pump performance testing and how it can improve plant reliability.

Fossil fuels continue to be the primary source fuel for power generation which, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration in 2017, accounted for 62.7 percent of capacity with nuclear capacity accounting for an additional 20 percent. This equates to nearly 83 percent of U.S. power being wholly or partially reliant upon steam generation utilising feedwater pumps.

Read the full article in the October issue of DPA.

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