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High Pressure Pumps - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780750679008, 9780080458373

High Pressure Pumps

1st Edition

Author: Michael Gracey. P.E.
eBook ISBN: 9780080458373
Imprint: Gulf Professional Publishing
Published Date: 11th April 2006
Page Count: 304
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High Pressure Pumps provides a look into recent experience and research to help engineers, scientist and end users to understand the technical side of pumps, nozzles and accessories that have been developed for special applications. High pressure system design with formulas to calculate pressure drop, orifice size, cleaning paths, horsepower, torque and trouble shooting that may not be found in any other single book are included.

High pressure pumps and systems are used in shipbuilding, steel mills, automotive plants, research, petrochemical and water jetting industries. This book covers high pressure pumps used in water jetting, cryogenics, hot fluid pumping, chemical pumping and oil field services. The development of 10,000 psi to 40,000 psi pumps over the lat 30 years is covered along with the auxiliary hardware needed to do surface preparation, high pressure cleaning and water jet cutting.

Key Features

  • Goes a step further than manufacturer's manuals and to explore applications and system design

    * Only book on the market that covers this technology from installation to management

    * Need to know reference for operating high pressure pumps


Engineers in the process industry, manufacturing industry and petroleum industry: petroleum, production, drilling, plant, process and industrial engineers.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: History of High Pressure Pumps
Gardner Denver, Union Pump
Wheatley Pumps

Chapter 2: Recent Improvements in High Pressure Pumps
Fluid end design
Materials Packing
Pressure rating
Performance/Maintenance: Piping design
Clearances & tolerances
Load rating for powerframes
bearings & gears

Chapter 3: Evolvement of Water Jetting Pumps
Jettech, Freemyer
American Areo
Jet Stream,

Chapter 4: Development of Nozzles and Special Accessories
Standard water blast nozzles
materials and effectiveness
Special nozzles that cavitate
resonate and pulse
Self-rotating nozzles and power rotated nozzles

Chapter 5: Case Study of Munitions Decommissioning
Pumps used for HE removal
Decommissioning devices & equipment
Special nozzles and methods

Chapter 6: Rocket Propellant Washout
High pressure pump system used for propellant removal
Development of a rocket propellant washout system

Chapter 7: Concrete Cutting & Steel Cutting Projects
Early high volume/medium pressure pump systems
Concrete refurbishing
Wet/abrasive material cutting
Ultra-High pressure pumps used for machining

Chapter 8: Surface Preparation Effectiveness
High pressure pumps used for coating removal
Wet / abrasive surface preparation
Ultra-High pressure pumps for coating removal

Chapter 9: Environmental and Safety Concerns
High pressure pump personnel safety
Leak Detection and monitoring for pumps
Recovery system used in pump applications


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About the Author

Michael Gracey. P.E.

Mike Gracey was born in Port Arthur, Texas on April 25, 1942 and grew up around the oil refineries & chemical plants in that area. He pursued an engineering education so he could understand “how things work” because of his fascination with mechanical things like engines and transmissions. After a couple of years at LeTourneau College in Longview, Texas Mike attended night school at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas while working as a pipe fitter’s helper in a shipyard. He was able to move into the engineering department where he worked and got married at age 20. Later when returning to school on a full time basis, he worked as a licensed tankerman pumping petroleum products into barges around the Port Arthur and Beaumont area until graduation from Lamar in 1971. By 1973, Mike was working at the National Maritime Research Center (NMRC) in Galveston, Texas and became involved in testing special nozzles and methods for water blast cleaning, surface preparation and coatings. This lead to the more specialized area of high-pressure pumps used for water jetting. Starting in 1976, He worked for high-pressure pump manufacturers and packagers in Texas, Maryland and Michigan to help design and build systems using the technology. Mike presently works for Weatherford International, Inc. using Kobe pumps and their line of industrial pumps to handle chemicals, water, oil products, hot fluids and cryogenics. Mike enjoys writing and public speaking, having published over 40 articles and technical papers.

Affiliations and Expertise

Weatherford International, Inc.

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