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Slurry Pump Material Types

Nov 22, 2019


CONCEPTS OF MATERIAL SELECTION

Selection of the type of materials to be used for slurry pumping applications is not a precise procedure. The procedure must first account for all the factors (variable characteristics) of the particular slurry. The procedure must take into account the constraints imposed by the following:

a) type of slurry pump,
b) slurry pump speed, and
c) options within the range of the slurry pump models available.


The basic data required to make a selection of the type of material is:
a) the particle sizing of the solids to be pumped,
b) the shape and hardness of these solids, and
c) the corrosive properties of the “liquid” component of the slurry to be pumped.


The material selection for the slurry pump liners and slurry pump impellers is made from two basic types of materials:
a) elastomers, and
b) wear/erosion resistant cast alloys.


ELASTOMERS
The criteria for selection of the three elastomers commonly used are:

a) Natural Rubber
i) Excellent erosion resistance for slurry pump liners (against solids up to 15mm size),but limited to particles of 5mm size for slurry pump impellers.
ii) May not be suitable for very sharp edged solids.
iii) May be damaged by oversized solids or trash.
iv) Slurry pump impeller peripheral speed should be less than 27.5 m/s, to avoid the thermal breakdown of the slurry pump volute liner, adjacent to the outer edge of the slurry pump impeller. (Special formulations are available to allow speeds up to 32m/s in certain cases).
v) Unsuitable for oils, solvents or strong acids.
vi) Unsuitable for temperatures in excess of 77°C.


b) Polyurethane
i) Used for slurry pump side liners, where the peripheral speed of the slurry pump impeller is higher than 27.5 m/s, (and precluding the use of standard rubber) and used for slurry pump impellers where occasional trash may damage a rubber slurry pump impeller.
ii) Erosion resistance is greater where erosion is of a sliding bed type rather than one of directional impact.
iii) Has less erosion resistance to fine solids than natural rubber. Has greater erosion resistance to coarse sharp edged particles than natural rubber, in some circumstances.
iv) Unsuitable for temperatures exceeding 70°C and for concentrated acid sand alkalies, ketone, esters, chlorinated and nitro hydrocarbons.


c) Synthetic Elastomers: Neoprene, Butyl, Hypalon, Viton A and others
These are used in special chemical applications under the following conditions:
i)Not as erosion resistant as natural rubber.
ii)Have a greater chemical resistance than natural rubber parts or polyurethane parts.
iii)Generally allows higher operating temperature than natural rubber parts or polyurethane parts.


WEAR/EROSION RESISTANT CAST ALLOYS
Wear resistant cast alloys are used for slurry pump liners and impellers where conditions are not suited to rubber, such as with coarse or sharp edged particles, or on duties having high impeller peripheral velocities or high operating temperatures.

NOTE: Unlined slurry pumps are generally available only in these types of alloys.


Technical dept.
Hebei Tobee Pump Co.,Limited

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