How to Pick a Centrifugal Pump Part 1: Designing for Owner Satisfaction

How to Pick a Centrifugal Pump Part 1:  Designing for Owner Satisfaction

Hydronic pumps all do the same basic thing—they circulate water.  So why are there so many different types and configurations? And what criteria determines the best pump for a given application?  That’s what we will be exploring in this series on "How to... 

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Modern Pump Selection Part 2: Theory Vs. Real World Operation of Variable Flow Pumping

Modern Pump Selection Part 2:  Theory Vs. Real World Operation of Variable Flow Pumping

In variable speed pumping systems, does zero load ever result zero pump speed?

Practically speaking, the answer is no.  In closed hydronic systems with 2-way valves there is almost always some amount of differential pressure created by continuous impeller rotation – even when....

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Understanding Primary Secondary Pumping Part 6: 5 Ways to Pump an HVAC System

By Chris Edmondson

There’s more than one way to pump a chiller or boiler system.  In fact, there are five common approaches, and all but one includes some variation of our topic of late -- primary secondary pumping. 

Variable Primary Pumping

Contemporary systems that do not utilize primary secondary pumping are typically known as variable primary systems.  In this simple design, there is only one set of pumps (chiller or boiler pumps) creating flow for the entire system. 

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Understanding Primary Secondary Pumping Part 5: Best Practices for Piping

By Chris Edmondson

Piping in a primary secondary pumping systems as a whole can be quite complex, but when it comes to the “primary” part of the system, there are really only two approaches:  Dedicated or Non-dedicated.

Figure 1 shows the chillers in a primary secondary system piped with one pump per chiller.  If the chillers

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Understanding Primary Secondary Pumping Part 4: “What happens when...?”

By Chris Edmondson

Now that we know what happens when we vary flows and mix temperatures in a primary secondary pumping system, let’s explore these theories in some more realistic scenarios. 

As discussed in a previous blogs, when it comes to primary secondary systems, one of three flow patterns is always in occurrence: 

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