Centrifugal Slurry Pumps for You
If you’re in the market for a centrifugal pump in the mining or mineral production industry, there’s a good chance you need to move slurries.
Slurries are thick, viscous fluids that contain solids in suspension. They can be difficult to move with traditional process chemical or water pumps, but a heavy-duty slurry pump is up to the task.
Slurry pumping is a bit different than moving water, but if you educate yourself on the process, it’s not too difficult to learn. Slurries can be composed of almost any fluid and solid combination. Common slurry applications for heavy-duty centrifugal slurry pumps include mill discharge, cyclone feed, thickener underflow (also called clarifier underflow), effluent, and mine feed (when performing hydro transport to a mill or processing plant), and many others.
Slurries are often very abrasive, putting a lot of wear on moving parts like impellers and shaft seals as well as the static liners within the pump shell. Some other considerations when choosing your slurry pump include the flow rate you need, the pressure required to move the fluid through your system, and the temperature range that’s appropriate for your application.
When considering a slurry pump, always define your system first in terms of the desired flow, piping arrangements, and terminal pressure requirements, and then apply the properly sized and specified pump for the job.
Centrifugal pumps are available in a variety of sizes and configurations to suit your needs. When choosing a slurry pump, it’s important to select the one that’s best suited for the specific application. With a little bit of research and some careful consideration, you can find the perfect centrifugal pump for your application.
Slurries can be found in many industries, including mining, agriculture, and manufacturing. Because of the high viscosity and abrasiveness of slurries, it is important to use the right type of slurry pump for the application.
In this blog post, we will discuss the different types of slurry pumps and their applications, as well as the centrifugal slurry pump. Mining slurries are the most common application for heavy-duty centrifugal slurry pumps with thick liners and impellers, which can come in a variety of material options tailored to your slurry.
Many slurries in mining applications consist solely of ore, dirt, and other non-hazardous minerals mixed with water. There are some slurries, though, which are hazardous due to the introduction of chemicals which may be necessary for separating the desired product from the undesirable waste material. These types of applications must be carefully and thoroughly defined so that the right pump materials can be employed to provide the best life in service for your system. Workers must exercise caution whenever dealing with these hazardous slurries.
There are many different types of slurry pumps, each with its own applications. The most common type of slurry pump is the centrifugal pump. The centrifugal pump is a radial flow pump that uses centrifugal force to move the liquid. It is best suited for applications where the solids concentration by weight is less than 60% and the viscosity is less than 500 cps. The pump consists of an impeller and a volute, with the impeller being a disk having blades attached to it. As the disk rotates, it pulls in fluid from one side of the impeller and then expels it out the other side. The fluid is moved using centrifugal force, which is created by the rotating impeller, and the flow is directed by the casing or volute liner.
Most heavy-duty centrifugal slurry pumps are lined with cast alloy or molded elastomer liners. When choosing a slurry pump, it is important to select the one that is best suited for the specific application and to consult the slurry pump experts at Schurco Slurry.
With a little bit of help and some careful consideration, you can find the perfect slurry pump for your needs.