Mechanical Features of Pump Casings

By 10 January 2017

Most single-stage centrifugal pumps are intended for service at moderate pressures and temperatures. As a result, pump manufacturers usually design a special line of pumps for high operating pressures and temperatures rather than make their standard line unduly expensive by making it suitable for too wide a range of operating conditions.

If axially split casings are subject to high pressure, they tend to “breathe” at the split joint, leading to misalignment of the rotor and, even worse, leakage. For such conditions, internal and external ribbing is applied to casings at the points subject to the greatest stress. In addition, whereas most pumps are supported by feet at the bottom of the casing, high temperatures require centerline support so that, as the pump becomes heated, expansion will not cause misalignment.