VDAS H83 - Experiment

TWO-STAGE (SERIES AND PARALLEL) PUMPS

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A self contained floor standing mobile unit consisting of a water reservoir, two pumps and motors and a Venturi meter for a comprehensive range of investigations into the performance and characteristics of two centrifugal pumps in both series and parallel.

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TWO-STAGE (SERIES AND PARALLEL) PUMPS

A compact, mobile and fully self-contained centrifugal pump test set, that allows students to find the characteristics of centrifugal pumps working alone or in series or parallel. It also allows students to see (and hear) cavitation and understand the use of a Venturi meter and differential pressure measurement to find flow rate. 

Two bearing-mounted motors drive each pump independently. The pumps draw water from the integral reservoir. The water travels through strainers and a series of valves to be delivered to a Venturi meter. The water then returns to the reservoir for re-use, keeping water use to a minimum. The pumps each have a transparent ‘window’ so students can see the impeller turning and how the water vapour bubbles form in the pump at cavitation. The optional stroboscope makes the effect easier to see. 

Instrument and control modules fit into a frame above and behind the pumps. Each pump has an electronic Motor Drive to control its speed, a load cell to measure torque and a sensor to measure pump speed. A display on each Motor Drive shows speed and torque and automatically calculates and displays true ‘shaft’ power. 

The differential pressure across the Venturi gives flow rate. Each pump has its own inlet valve. A two-way valve in the system allows the pumps to work alone, in parallel or in series. 

TecQuipment supply a Digital Pressure Display (DP1) as standard, but offer an optional, additional easy-to-read Analogue Pressure Display (AP2). Both instruments display the inlet pressure, delivery pressure and differential pressure across the Venturi. The Analogue Display is more visual, but the Digital Display increases ease of measurement, and allows connection to TecQuipment’s frame-mounted Versatile Data Acquisition System (VDAS-F, available separately). The equipment can use both analogue and digital instrumentation at the same time, allowing students to compare the different pressure measurement methods.

  • Centrifugal pump performance and characteristics, typically head versus flow and efficiency versus flow
  • Non-dimensional performance characteristics
  • Flow measurement using a Venturi tube
  • Demonstration of cavitation
  • Operation of centrifugal pumps in series
  • Operation of centrifugal pumps in parallel
case study
University of Northwestern St Paul Builds New Engineering Program

When the University of Northwestern St Paul, located in Minnesota in the USA, set out to build new labs while meeting USA degree accreditation requirements, they scoured the educational teaching equipment market for a supplier that could deliver:

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  • A single supplier source for the majority of the practical teaching needs

Read the full case study here.

TWO-STAGE (SERIES AND PARALLEL) PUMPS
SUPPORTING PRODUCTS
VDAS H47 - Experiment

A self contained floor standing mobile unit consisting of a water reservoir, pump, motor and Venturi meter for a comprehensive range of investigations into the performance and characteristics of a centrifugal pump. Demonstrates cavitation and the use of a Venturi Tube.

VDAS MFP101 - Experiment

A self contained floor standing mobile unit with full instrumentation for studying and performing tests on a centrifugal pump and optional turbines, to understand how they work and calculate performance.

ST1 - Ancillary

A highly accurate and portable stroboscope providing 30 to 300,000 flashes per minute (FPM).

AP2 - Ancillary

An analogue pressure display module for use with compatible TecQuipment products.

VDAS-F (mkII) - Ancillary

A frame mounting versatile data acquisition system (VDAS) to allow computer-based data capture for a wide range of TecQuipment products.

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