Introduction to Pumps What Is a Pump? Why Increase a Liquid's Pressure? Pressure and Head Classification of Pumps How Centrifugal Pumps Work PD Pumps Hydraulics, Selection, and Curves Overview Pump Capacity Total Head Performance Curve Horsepower and Efficiency NPSH and Cavitation Specific Speed and Suction Specific Speed Affinity Laws System Head Curves Parallel Operation Series Operation Oversizing Pumps Pump Speed Selection Special Hydraulic Considerations Overview Viscosity Software to Size Pumps and Systems Piping Layout Sump Design Field Testing Centrifugal Pump Types and Applications Overview Impellers End Suction Pumps Inline Pumps Self-Priming Centrifugal Pumps Split Case Double-Suction Pumps Multistage Pumps Vertical Column Pumps Submersible Pumps Slurry Pumps Vertical Turbine Pumps Axial Flow Pumps Regenerative Turbine Pumps Pump Specifications and Standards Couplings Electric Motors Sealing Systems and Sealless Pumps Overview O-Rings Stuffing Box and Packing Assembly Mechanical Seals Sealless Pumps Energy Conservation and Life-Cycle Costs Overview Choosing the Most Efficient Pump Operating with Minimal Energy Variable-Speed Pumping Systems Pump Life-Cycle Costs Special Pump-Related Topics Overview Variable-Speed Systems Sealless Pumps Corrosion Nonmetallic Pumps Materials Used for O-Rings in Pumps High-Speed Pumps Bearings and Bearing Lubrication Precision Alignment Techniques Software to Size Pumps and Systems Installation, Operation, and Maintenance Overview Installation, Alignment, and Startup Operation Maintenance Troubleshooting Repair Case Studies Introduction Case Studies Appendices References Index
Michael W. Volk, PE, is the president of Volk & Associates, Inc., Oakland, California, volkassociates.com, a consulting company specializing in pumps and pump systems. Volk's services include pump training seminars; pump equipment evaluation, troubleshooting, and field testing; expert witness for pump litigation; witnessing of pump shop tests; pump market research; and acquisition and divestiture consultation and brokerage. A member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and a registered professional engineer, Volk received his BS degree (1973) in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana, and his MS degree (1976) in mechanical engineering and his MS degree (1980) in management science from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.