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The Top 4 Pumps Found in the Chemical Industry

Common pumps found within the chemical industry and how an EDDY Pump can be a better solution for many applications
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Valuable chemical compounds such as acids, caustics, solvents, and polymers are commonly used in the production process at many manufacturing facilities and found at chemical manufacturing facilities specifically. Effective fluid management is critical to ensure a safe environment and productive manufacturing process. Four commonly known pump types have been traditionally used to satisfy the fluid management needs at chemical facilities, and chemical-related facilities.

This article includes:

This article includes:

  • Pumping Corrosive and Abrasive Chemicals
  • Considerations for Pump Selection
  • Types of Pumps Used in the Chemical Industry
  • Introducing the Eddy Pump, the Top Choice for Chemical Pumps
  • The Eddy Pump vs. Conventional Pumps
  • Eddy Pump Applications in the Chemical Industry
  • Conclusion
EDDY Pump Top Choice in Chemical Applications

Pumps are the workhorses of industry and can be effectively applied to many applications that involve chemicals. Besides being found in chemical manufacturing facilities, pumps can also be applied in other industries such as – oil and gas, petrochemical, food & beverage, and many other industries, which all include chemicals in their processes.

See the video below to discover why the EDDY Pump excels at pumping low pH or corrosive material.

Operators in these industries have a wide range of pumps to choose from. Many of the popular types of pumps are adequate for most applications in the chemical industry. However, sometimes pumps need to work under extremely harsh conditions, especially when liquids contain large or fine solids and fibrous material that make them difficult to pump.

Pumping Corrosive and Abrasive Chemicals

Highly corrosive chemicals are used in many manufacturing processes, either as feedstock for the manufacture of end products or to adjust the pH of mixtures to facilitate vital chemical or biochemical reactions. Sulphuric acid is highly corrosive and the most commonly used in industry. It is used in the manufacture of fertilizers and can cause severe skin and deep tissue damage.

Hydrochloric acid is another dangerous acid that is often used for process pH balancing. This acid can cause respiratory failure, extensive damage to eyes and presents a substantial danger to worker health if it is allowed to escape. Concentrated alkalis, such as the hydroxides of sodium, calcium and potassium are also extremely corrosive and must be handled with care.

Handling these highly corrosive chemicals demands careful selection of pumps that will ensure fluid containment and the control of any emissions. Pump seals are the component most vulnerable to attack by corrosive chemicals. Process engineers must select pumps that are robust enough to handle these hazardous materials and prevent leakage.

Abrasive mixtures also present significant problems for pumps. The solid particulates in these mixtures can erode internal pump components and substantially reduce pump performance. Apart from erosion, abrasive solids can cause pitting in the pump material, which can lead to problems with corrosion. With a recessed impeller, EDDY Pumps are built to be abrasive resistant.

Care must be taken to select the right material of construction for pumps handling either corrosive or abrasive liquid. The material must be able to withstand the corrosive or abrasive action of these liquids to minimize downtime and maintenance costs.

Considerations for Pump Selection

Many different types of pumps are used in the chemical processing industry. Pump selection depends on the characteristics of the liquid to be handled, which include viscosity, corrosiveness, and abrasiveness. Liquid-gas mixtures need pumps that will handle them efficiently without causing production stoppages or pump breakdowns. Liquids containing large amounts of solid material require heavy-duty pumps designed to withstand harsh conditions and to transport these mixtures effectively.

Liquid characteristics also play a critical role in selecting materials for construction for pumps. Corrosion is a major consideration in the chemical industry, and the material used in pump construction must be compatible with the chemicals being to be pumped. For instance, highly corrosive liquids like acids require the use of stainless steel in pump construction.

Types of Pumps Used in the Chemical Industry

The main types of pumps used in the chemical industry are:

Centrifugal pumps: These are the most common type of pumps used in the chemical industry. They are highly efficient pumps, simple in design and operation, and generally less expensive than other types of pumps.

All centrifugal pumps draw liquid into the impeller by suction, causing a vacuum. This feature of the centrifugal pump also makes it prone to cavitation, especially with low intake pressures. A major disadvantage of the centrifugal pump is that it has poor suction power and needs to be primed to start pumping.

Positive displacement pumps: These are all types of rotary pumps and include gear, screw, rotary vane and piston pumps. They are more efficient than centrifugal pumps at moving high viscosity fluids and can deliver high pump pressures. Positive displacement pumps can also move low vapor pressure fluids, which flow at lower speeds and create more resistance.

Diaphragm pumps: These pumps are also a type of positive displacement pump and move liquids or liquid-gas mixtures via a reciprocating diaphragm. They have a number of advantages over other types of positive displacement pumps. Diaphragm pumps are available in plastic and metal. Plastic diaphragm pumps are more compatible with certain types of chemicals, whereas metal constructed pumps are not compatible with certain chemicals.

Turbine pumps: These pumps have turbine-like impellers with radially oriented teeth to move the liquid. Turbine pumps combine the versatility of a centrifugal pump with the high discharge pressures of positive displacement pumps. However, they are not suitable for the transport of liquids with solid content.

There are literally thousands of pumps on the market that fall within these categories and perform admirably under most circumstances. However, many of them also have serious limitations when it comes to handling highly corrosive or abrasive fluids, or liquids with high solids content, like slurries. The chemical industry is in dire need of an alternative chemical pump, such as the EDDY Pump, that can handle the duties of most of these types of pumps, in addition to operating under demanding conditions.

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Introducing the EDDY Pump, the Top Choice For Chemical Pumps

The EDDY Pump is a patented pump that is neither a centrifugal, positive displacement nor vortex pump. Its innovative design harnesses the power of a tornado into fluid dynamics to create a synchronized eddy current.

This pump has no impeller but is equipped with a geometrically designed spinning rotor that creates an eddy current. This in turn creates higher suction without requiring the critical tolerances of other pumps, like the centrifugal pump. The EDDY Pump can easily handle material once deemed impossible or cost-prohibitive to pump due to its non-clog pump design.

It far exceeds the performance of other pumps in moving viscous fluids with high percentages of solids. It moves large objects that can cause clogging while handling highly abrasive solid-liquid mixtures and corrosive liquids. Its design also substantially reduces the cost of maintenance, a significant factor affecting plant downtime that has a major impact on a company’s bottom line.

The EDDY Pump vs. Conventional Pumps

The EDDY pump outperforms conventional pumps, like the centrifugal pump, in many aspects:

Clogging: The EDDY pump has an open rotor design with high tolerances that enables the passage of large rocks, debris and fibrous material without clogging. Conventional pumps with fine tolerances cannot handle these materials. The EDDY pump can pump objects of up to 12 inches in diameter.

High Viscosity: The pump’s turbid flow agitates material as it is fed into the suction, enabling pumping of highly viscous liquids. The efficiency of a centrifugal pump is reduced as liquid viscosity increases.

High solid content: The hydrodynamic design of the EDDY pump enables the transportation of liquids with higher concentrations of solids. It is capable of moving material with less than 5% free liquid and up to 80% solid content by volume. The close tolerances of a centrifugal pump do not enable it to pump liquids with high solid content.

High specific gravity material: An EDDY pump creates strong eddy currents that draw heavy objects and materials up and through the pump. The non-agitated, laminar flow of a centrifugal pump does not allow this.

Highly corrosive and abrasive materials: Due to the critical tolerances of a centrifugal pump, its performance is affected by the erosive activity of highly corrosive and abrasive liquids. The wearing of impellers due to erosion demands more regular maintenance to restore pump performance. With its high tolerances, the EDDY pump does not have this problem.

Rotor variation: The design of the EDDY pump enables it to be easily configured for desired head and flow requirements by simply changing the rotor. Conventional pumps do not have this flexibility.

EDDY Pump Applications in the Chemical Industry

The chemical industry is undoubtedly the one that is most reliant on pumps. Reliable pump performance is critical to ensure uninterrupted production. In addition, compliance with health and safety regulations must be assured to protect workers and to minimize damage to expensive equipment and the risk of catastrophic plant failure.

The range of products manufactured in the chemical industry is vast, and pumps are used extensively in the oil and gas, petrochemical, chemical manufacturing, pharmaceutical, food, and beverage industries. They are employed to transfer and circulate liquids, as well as for dosing applications. The demands placed on pumps can be challenging, especially when pumping mixtures with high solid content or liquids that are abrasive or highly corrosive. High temperatures and pressures compound the issues facing process engineers when selecting the right pump for any particular application.

Conclusion

The EDDY Pump is a premier pump that offers value that other conventional pumps cannot provide. When choosing a pump to transfer valuable chemical consider the following:

  • Higher Performance
  • Lower total life cycle cost
  • Higher resistance to clogging
  • Ability to pump highly viscous, high specific gravity, and highly corrosive/abrasive slurries
  • Flexible rotor options to suit flow requirements

Unparallelled Satisfaction

The EDDY Pump is the premiere pump available for applications in the chemical industry. This pump is well suited for applications that include slurries, high viscous fluids, abrasive and corrosive media, and liquids containing large solid material and fibrous matter. To learn more contact EDDY Pump today or go to https://eddypump.com/products/ to see more products available.

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