Pumping Systems Experiment

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  • Find the relationship between pump head and flow rate
  • Creating pump performance curves:
    • Single pump
    • Pumps in parallel
    • Pumps in series

In this experiment students determine the characteristic curves for two pumps and examine the impact of placing pumps in series and in parallel.

Pipe network and sensors


For this experiment, the water is pumped through the short section of pipe through valves #6 and #8. The water velocity is measured using the Venturi tube attached to the General Flow sensor. The pressure at the pump is measured for different velocities and a pump curve is created. The maximum head is recorded. Then two pumps are operated at the same time. The effects of pumps in series and in parallel are explored.
A graph of Head vs Flow