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Pump Systems Matter Honors Ray Hardee

Pump Systems Matter (PSM), global source for pump system training and education, bestows its prestigious Leadership Award to Ray Hardee, co-founder and chief engineer of Engineered Software, Inc., at the Hydraulic Institute (HI) Annual Conference and Centennial Gala recently held at the JW Marriott – Grande Lakes in Orlando, FL. The award recognizes outstanding HI members who made lifetime achievements to the advancement of pumps and pumping systems, energy efficiency, reliability and performance.
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Pump Systems Matter Leadership Award: Ray Hardee Received Honor

Pump Systems Matter (PSM), leading global source for pump system training and education, bestowed its prestigious Leadership Award to Ray Hardee, co-founder and chief engineer of Engineered Software, Inc., at the Hydraulic Institute (HI) Annual Conference and Centennial Gala recently held at the JW Marriott – Grande Lakes in Orlando, FL. This award recognizes outstanding HI members who made lifetime achievements to the advancement of pumps and pumping systems, energy efficiency, reliability and performance.
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Designing and Operating a Smart Pumping System

Smart pumping is not just about buying a pump for your system that has a high best efficiency point or installing a variable frequency drive to reduce power consumption and energy costs. Successfully designing a smart pumping system allows the plant to operate in steady state conditions with minimal downtime for long periods of time, the key to reliability and profitability in any commercial or industrial facility. Operating in steady state improves product quality, reduces maintenance downtime and costs, maintains environmental compliance, and directly impacts the bottom line.
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Modeling a Strainer

A strainer is a device installed in a piping system which provides a means for mechanically removing foreign particles from a flowing fluid. Most strained particles are in the size range between 40 micron and 1 inch, and are typically removed by using a perforated, mesh, or wedge wire straining element. For some processes, the particles are undesirable and the purpose of straining these particulates is to protect downstream mechanical equipment such as pumps, heat exchangers, control valves, flow meters and spray nozzles from the detrimental effects of flow debris. It also serves to prevent this debris from ending up in the final product in some manufacturing cases. Other processes may require straining because the particles, not the process fluids, are the desired product.
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Understanding the Distinction Between Total, Static and Dynamic Pressure

When discussing a piping system, the term "pressure" is often used to describe a key fluid property that plays an important role in the operation of equipment like pumps, control valves, tanks and vessels and other devices. However, like many terms used in engineering, there are nuances in meaning that must be taken into account to avoid miscommunication, confusion and costly mistakes. Quite often, key qualifiers that distinguish between total pressure, static pressure and dynamic pressure are not used. Sometimes the distinction is important, just as the difference between mass flow rate and volumetric flow rate must be made to be concise when discussing flow rate.
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Large Closed Loop Service System with Multiple Paths

In past articles, we have focused on piping systems made of only one or two circuits. These types of system are often found in process systems where fluid is pumped from a supply tank acting as the inlet boundary, through the process elements of the system to make the product, and then through the control elements to adjust the flow rate of the system to maintain the desired operating condition.
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The Hydraulic Institute Launches Pump Energy Index Calculator for Department of Energy Regulated Pumps

Calculating the Pump Energy Index (PEI) to comply with the Department of Energy (DOE) pump energy conservation standard released January, 2016 will become a bigger challenge as manufacturers prepare to meet the 2020 compliance and labeling requirements. The DOE Test Procedure, based on the Hydraulic Institute’s standard for pump efficiency testing (HI 40.6), is a multi-stepped process, and the data required to determine a pump’s PEI, can vary according to the product configuration.
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ESI Develops Crude Oil Fluid Parameters to Aid in Hydraulic Analysis

To assist our customers in the design, evaluation and troubleshooting of crude oil piping systems, Engineered Software, Inc. has developed some representative crude oil fluid parameters. Since crudes are generally described as being light, medium or heavy, using an industry recognized term to define the different representative fluids along this vector makes the most sense. The American Petroleum Institute (API) has defined API gravity as the indicator of crude “heaviness” and it is a function of the fluid’s density relative to water. The higher the API gravity (measured in degrees), the less dense the fluid. Most pumpable crudes fall in the range of 15 to 45 API degrees, so providing parameters for representative fluids in 5 API degree steps across this range was deemed to be of sufficient granularity.
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