Solids Handling Pump

Learn the ins and outs of what to look out for when pumping solids and what makes a solids-handling pump succeed.

One of the largest, failure causing issues in the pumping world is the ability or inability to handle solids. Large solids are found in most, if not all pumping applications. The ability to handle these solids, in the form of trash, debris, and rocks, is one of the most crucial variables to look for when determining the proper pump for your solids handling pump application. The main two types of pumps used in solids handling pump applications are centrifugal and positive displacement pumps. The issue with these pump styles is that they can only pass a solid half the size of the pump diameter. This means a 6-inch centrifugal pump cannot pass any solids larger than 3 inches. This, plus the fact that there is constant downtime, makes these pumps very expensive in total life-cycle costs. Three of the major industries where solids handling pumps are most crucial is in the oil drilling industry, mining industry, and wastewater.

Oil and Drilling Mud Pumping

The Oil and Drilling Mud Industry has many pumping applications where mud needs to be moved from one area to another. When drilling mud comes out of the boring hole it has lots of rocks and cuttings suspended inside. It is significantly difficult for centrifugal pumps and positive displacement pumps to move this mud due to their lacks of solids handling capability that often clog and get worn down quickly. For this reason, oil drilling companies often turn to hire vacuum truck services at a very high rate to come and vacuum up drilling mud and transport it off the site. The EDDY Pump is able to connect directly into a hopper or tank and pump the drilling mud thousands of feet right as it comes off the drilling rig. The EDDY Pump is able to do this because it not only is the best solids handling pump on the market, but it also does not wear out from the abrasion like centrifugal and positive displacement pumps. This translates into the lowest total life cycle pump in the drilling mud industry. A 6-inch EDDY Pump can handle a 5-inch solid without any issues. A 12-inch EDDY Pump can handle an 11-inch solid!

EDDY High Solids Handling Pump

Fully assembled dredge pump easily lets an arm pass through. Rags, 1-9 inch rocks and debris can easily pass through an EDDY pump.

Dredge Pump Excavator Attachment Liner Safe

Liner-safe dredging options help to protect poly or clay liners that may be present in certain applications.

Liner-Safe Dredging

For the lined and unlined tailings pond reservoirs, EDDY Pump has various dredge configurations that are ideal for the solids handling needs of these reservoirs. One of the ideal dredge pump deployments is an excavator pump attachment with liner-safe wheels. The EDDY Pump Excavator Attachment not only is the best solids handling pump option, but also the least expensive and can pump the drilling mud miles away.

Mine Waste and Mine Tailings Pumping

In mining, there is a continuous need to move high solids from one process to another. This issue can get even more complex with high corrosive, abrasive and acidic slurries with high levels of solids. In order to handle these high solid slurries, you need a pump that does not have critical tolerances between the impeller and the volute which will allow the pump to withstand abrasive, corrosive, and acidic solids. Two of the most common solids-handling pump applications in the mining industry are tailings ponds and sumps. In tailings ponds, the residual acidic slurries gather for many years and fill the poly-lined ponds. Mineral water is often present, so a pump that can handle solids at a high concentration and often with large chunks of solids at sizes up to 11-inchesare highly in demand. Another critical solids handling pump application within mining is draining the many sumps that are found all over mining and mineral processing facilities. These sumps collect a wide assortment of debris and cause major problems for centrifugal pumps. Often, it is so bad that costly vacuum trucks are brought in to remove the solid materials that the centrifugal pumps couldn’t handle. Both of these applications are a perfect example of areas where the solids handling EDDY Pump with its no-tolerance design can handle pumping the largest solids without causing any issues or downtime.

Wastewater Pumping

Finally, one of the most plagued solids handling pump industries is Wastewater treatment plants. With the large influx of wet wipes being flushed down toilets, the solids handling capabilities of centrifugal pumps are being tested to the extremes. Even with incorporating macerators and other choppers, the centrifugal solids handling pumps are clogging and constantly failing with burned motors and destroyed seals. These wet wipes are ideal for the EDDY Pump and pass through the large opening without any issues. In addition, the grit and other abrasives materials found in wastewater treatment facilities have little to no effect on the EDDY Pump.

EDDY Pump – The Ultimate Solids-Handling Pump

Using an EDDY Pump will allow you to pump high solids slurries while minimizing wear to pump components. This is achieved through the EDDY Pump’s highly recessed rotor, which comes into minimal contact with the abrasive particles found in the slurry. Additionally, the EDDY Pump lacks any critical tolerances which could lead to clogs in centrifugal pumps if larger solids or rocks were to get stuck between the pump casing and the impeller. This is a common problem when using centrifugal pumps for slurries, and one of the reasons the EDDY Pump excels at slurry pumping. Our patented technology at EDDY pump has a high tolerance for material size, with a capacity to handle sizes as large as 9 inches.

The open rotor design lets anything which can go through the inlet pass through the discharge without any setbacks. At EDDY Pump we are committed to providing best-in-class dredge pumps to our customers; hence, each component is thoroughly tested to deliver supreme quality, reliability, and versatility. Our unique technology provides us with an extraordinary capability to easily handle materials with enormous volumes and high specific gravity in tough conditions.

Why EDDY Pumps Are Better – Highlights

This video shows how EDDY Pump transports high slurry and abrasive materials. Featured dredge pump equipment includes the Remote Operated Subdredge, Diver Operated Pump and a Excavator Attachment Dredge Pump.

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