TecQuipment Centrifugal Pump Module – MFP101

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Allows a student to study and perform tests on a centrifugal pump and optional turbines: to understand how they work and calculate their performance.

For use with and driven by the Universal Dynamometer (MFP100), the Centrifugal Pump Module is part of TecQuipment’s Modular Fluid Power range. The Centrifugal Pump Module is ideal for student experiments, demonstrations and projects.

Centrifugal pumps are common machines used to move water and other fluids in many applications. These can be domestic water systems, agriculture, sanitation and many industrial applications.

The module includes a centrifugal pump, a Venturi flowmeter, valves, a reservoir and instrumentation; all mounted on a robust, mobile trolley for ease of use. The separate Universal Dynamometer (MFP100) measures and displays the speed and torque of the pump to calculate and display mechanical (shaft) power. Electronic pressure transducers measure the pump inlet and delivery pressures and the Venturi differential pressure (flow rate). Speed is fully variable up to the maximum allowable for the pump. The centrifugal pump is also the power source for the optional turbines: a Pelton wheel, a Francis turbine and Propeller turbine (all available separately). The turbines fit on the separate Turbine Dynamometer (MFP101a). You can only test one turbine at a time.

The Turbine Dynamometer fits onto the Centrifugal Pump Module. The centrifugal pump delivery pipe then connects to the turbine. A pressure transducer on the Centrifugal Pump Module measures the turbine inlet pressure. The turbines and Turbine Dynamometer allow students to test three different turbines to find how they work and perform.

When used with an optional stroboscope, students can ‘freeze’ the image of the moving turbines and water flow to improve their understanding of the turbines.

For quick and reliable tests, TecQuipment can supply the optional Versatile Data Acquisition System (VDAS®). VDAS® gives accurate real-time data capture, monitoring and display, calculation and charting of all the important readings on a computer.

Key features:

  • Centrifugal pump mounted in a mobile frame with full instrumentation
  • Part of TecQuipment’s Modular Fluid Power range that connects with the Universal Dynamometer (MFP100) as a common motive power source for a cost-effective solution
  • Allows students to study and test a popular fluid power machine
  • Inlet and delivery valves for a wide range of operating conditions
  • Connection plate with schematic diagram clearly shows the water fl ow circuit and how parts of the module connect to each other
  • Fully variable speed, for a range of test results
  • Turbine dynamometer and turbines (available separately) – Propeller, Francis and Pelton
  • Includes digital pressure display
  • Can connect to TecQuipment’s Versatile Data Acquisition System (VDAS®)

Learning outcomes:

  • Centrifugal pump performance and characteristics, typically head against flow and efficiency against flow
  • Variation of pump performance with inlet pressure
  • Variation of pump performance with speed
  • Non-dimensional performance characteristics
  • Flow measurement using a Venturi


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