Chapter 7. Pumps, Compressors, and Agitation Equipment

7.0 Chapter Objectives

On completion of this chapter, a student should be able to:

  • Explain why it is often necessary to have a driving force to transport a fluid

  • Explain why mechanical energy is supplied for horizontal flows

  • Distinguish between pumps, fans, blowers, and compressors

  • Explain how the compressibility of a fluid impacts the method for transporting it

  • Calculate the actual (brake) and theoretical horsepower of a pump

  • Calculate the electrical power needed to operate a pump

  • Explain the process of cavitation and why it can be damaging to pumps

  • Calculate the net positive suction head required to operate a pump

  • Interpret data from a pump’s characteristic curve

  • Distinguish between ...

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