COVID-19 Update: We are currently shipping orders daily. However, due to transit disruptions in some geographies, deliveries may be delayed. To provide all customers with timely access to content, we are offering 50% off Science and Technology Print & eBook bundle options. Terms & conditions.
Troubleshooting Centrifugal Pumps and their systems - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781856173919, 9780080519692

Troubleshooting Centrifugal Pumps and their systems

1st Edition

Author: Ron Palgrave
Hardcover ISBN: 9781856173919
eBook ISBN: 9780080519692
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 2nd December 2003
Page Count: 384
Sales tax will be calculated at check-out Price includes VAT/GST
Price includes VAT/GST

Institutional Subscription

Secure Checkout

Personal information is secured with SSL technology.

Free Shipping

Free global shipping
No minimum order.


This book is intended for those new to the use and abuse of centrifugal pumps. It is also for those whose involvement with pumps is so occasional, that they need a reminder of the basics.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 - Introduction

Chapter 2 - Centrifugal Pump Basics

How Centrifugal Pumps Work
Performance Curves
Combined Impellers For:
• More Flow

• More Pressure

Cavitation And Npsh

Chapter 3 - Pipe System Basics

Frictional Head Systems
Combined Friction And Static Head Systems

Mainly Static Head Systems

Interaction Between Pump And System; Equilibrium Flow
Pipe-Work Design Rules

Chapter 4 - Generalised Operating Flowchart

Chapter 5 - "Does The Pump Need To Start Yet?"
Decisions And Options

Chapter 6 - "Are Conditions Satisfactory For Start-Up?"
A Mechanical Concerns
• Pipe Loads
• Preparation
• Warm-Up
• Set Up
B Hydraulic Issues
• A1-Liquid Issues

• A2-Piping Problems

• A3-Priming And Venting

Chapter 7 - "Start Pump"!

Starting Solo Pumps
• Speed Torque Curves

Starting Multiple Pumps:
• Parallel Operation
• Series Operation

Chapter 8 - Has Pumped Started Satisfactorily?

Site Testing
Low Flow Problems

High Flow Problems

Chapter 9 - Does The Pump Continue To Operate Well?

Performance Decay Problems


Abrasive Solids

Chapter 10 - Does Pump Need To Stop Yet?

Decisions And Options

Chapter 11 - Stop Pump!

Surge And Water Hammer

Chapter 12 - Has Pump Stopped Correctly?


Chapter 13 - Pump Selection Guidelines



No. of pages:
© Elsevier Science 2003
2nd December 2003
Elsevier Science
Hardcover ISBN:
eBook ISBN:

About the Author

Ron Palgrave

Ron Palgrave is a retired pump designer and specialist in the hydraulic design and performance of centrifugal pumps. He has nearly 60 years’ experience with 5 manufacturers. He has written several technical papers, magazine articles, and is the author of the 1st edition of Troubleshooting Centrifugal Pumps and their Systems. He has been granted several patents relating to pump technology. Mr. Palgrave currently practices part-time and is one of the most experienced hydraulic engineers in the industry.

Affiliations and Expertise

Pump Hydraulic Specialist, Gateshead, UK

Ratings and Reviews