In the world of mechanics and pumps, you may have heard the term Slurry pump thrown around. Just what is a slurry pump, and how exactly does it work? Let’s take a moment to review some basic principles of a slurry pump.
To begin, a slurry pump is a kind of pump that heightens the pressure pushed onto a liquid and solid mixture of particles. This principle of mixing is called “a slurry” and a slurry pump uses a rotating impeller to exert centrifugal force converting electrical energy into both slurry kinetic energy and slurry potential energy.
Slurry pumps have a range of uses, especially in transporting of highly corrosive materials. There are many industries that take advantage of slurry pumps such as Gold, Iron ore, Silver, Steel, Tin, Copper, Mineral sands, Zinc, and even Lead.
No matter what industry it is used in, a slurry pump is distinguished by 4 characteristics: Horizontal Shaft Position, Impeller quantity, Pump casing structure, and Impeller suction pumps.
The aspects to consider before choosing an appropriate slurry pump should always include capacity, head, speed, efficiency and power .
With any true slurry pump you will find the following components. An impeller, which is the main rotating apparatus which contains veins to insert centrifugal force to the liquid. The casing is what allows the pump to withstand such high operation pressure. It is usually concentrically shaped which helps in this process.
Also, a shaft is necessary to minimize deflection and vibration, along with a strong roller bearing inside of a reloadable bearing cartridge. The shaft sleeve and seals are corrosion resistant and protect the shaft from outside debris. With many drive types as well, your slurry pump will be able to be used in a variety of capacities.
These are the basics to Slurry Pumps, and as you can see from their uses as well as their components, it is a quality tool for anyone.