High Pressure Pumps

High Pressure Pumps

1st Edition - April 11, 2006

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  • Author: Michael Gracey. P.E.
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080458373

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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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 304
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Gulf Professional Publishing 2006
  • Published: April 11, 2006
  • Imprint: Gulf Professional Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080458373

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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