Multistage Pumps for light hydrocarbons – How to ensure you get the best pump for the service


Bradshaw, Simon

With the growth of fracking, light hydrocarbons (SG < 0.7) became a preferred feedstock in chemical processes. Many services require high pressures from multistage pumps. These have specific design and application challenges that are unique to this service. Addressing these is critical to achieving good pump reliability. This seminar addresses the following challenges: Multistage pump types used in light HC including API 610 constraints; Materials of construction; Rotordynamics and the effect of light HC; NPSHa, NPSHr, fluid heating & balance line management; Axial thrust – theory and management in practice; Pump testing – how to verify acceptable site performance in the factory; Pump storage, installation & commissioning