How to Select a Sludge Pump

A sludge pump processes and moves waste fluids with high-solid content. Sludge and slurry pumps have similar operations; therefore, the names are often used interchangeably. Due to the type of material these pumps move, they must have extremely durable mechanical components. After all, sludge is not only heavy, but it can also contain corrosive or volatile content.

 

What is Sludge?

 

Sludge is a unique mixture of fluid, usually water, along with pulverized materials. Pulverized material is commonly associated with many industries, including steel processing, hydrocarbon extraction, and power generation. Because sludge behaves very similarly to thick and viscous fluids, a powerful pump is mandatory.

 

Sludge is commonly divided into two categories: settling and non-settling. Settling sludge consists of formation of coarse particles, leading to an unstable mixture. Selecting the appropriate pump is essential due to the flow and power required for pumping. Non-settling sludge consists of fine particles more buoyant than the surrounding water.

Sludge characteristics:

 

·        Settles fast

·        Thick

·        Abrasive

·        High volume of solids

Selecting the Right Product

You must choose a pump capable of moving the relevant type of sludge. The heavier the sludge, the more horsepower required of the pump. While there are many types of pumps, with this profile, many manufacturers recommend a centrifugal design. These pumps operate by generating centrifugal force produced by a rotating impeller required of the pump to produce kinetic energy, which offers superior performance and efficiency.

 

Relying on the Experts

 

Falcon Project Consultants can help you and your team to identify the right type of sludge pump for your specific needs. We have the experienced technical resources to design and develop the appropriate solution.

Contact Falcon Project Consultants for assistance with sludge pump inquiries.