Glycol in for HVAC Systems (Part 3) – Pump Corrections

Norm HallGlycol, Selection and Specification, Curves, Glycol and Water Quality, Corrections, Monday Morning Minutes, Pumps

R. L. Deppmann Company Monday Morning Minutes addressed corrections to system GPM (gallons per minute) and system friction head during the last three weeks. Today we look at the pump selection. Centrifugal pump curves and the brake horsepower required changes depending on the fluid. In HVAC design we normally assume water is the pumped fluid. There are many times when the assumption is water, since there is no fluid mentioned on the schedule, yet we find a glycol makeup unit attached to the system.

Centrifugal Pump Curve Corrections for Glycol in for HVAC Systems

Norm HallMonday Morning Minutes, Pumps, Glycol, Selection and Specification, Curves, Glycol and Water Quality, Corrections

Pump curves are based on water, but I am pumping a glycol solution. How will this affect the selection? This week we define the first of three glycol corrections. There are three glycol corrections when designing a hydronic or process cooling system; heat transfer correction, pressure drop correction, & pump curve correction. The first correction we’ll look at is heat transfer correction. When choosing chillers, boilers, heat exchangers, and terminal units, it is important to select them using the correct system fluid. [Read more…]

Centrifugal Pumps and Pump Curves for HVAC and Plumbing Systems

Norm HallMonday Morning Minutes, Pumps, Selection and Specification, Curves

Centrifugal pumps are the “heart” of hydronic heating, cooling, and plumbing systems. Over the next few weeks, the R. L. Deppmann Monday Morning Minutes features some basic and advanced pumping topics. Let’s start with a quick review of the information contained on the pump curve. For our example, we will use an ITT Bell and Gossett model 1510 end suction base mounted centrifugal pump model 5E with a nominal speed of 1750 RPM. The horizontal axis is flow rate in GPM or gallons per minute of water. [Read more…]