M15.4. Pumping and Piping Systems
Consider the pumping and piping system shown in Figure M15-6. The pump is taking suction on the surge tank and pumping a liquid through a chemical process system (perhaps a heat exchanger and a reactor).
Figure M15-6. Process flowsheet for a pumping and piping system.
A typical pump head curve is shown in Figure M15-7. The pump head is a direct measure of the pressure increase between the suction and discharge of the pump that can be obtained as a function of the flow rate through the pump.