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Power to the Pump

Publication: 
Electrical Construction & Maintenance
Publication date: 
August 2016
Author: 
Gene Vogel, EASA Pump & Vibration Specialist

An important step when selecting a centrifugal pump and an electric motor for an application or when troubleshooting operation issues is to determine how much power the pump should be using. The “by-the-book” approach references the pump curve, which shows the power requirement for the pump’s range of operation (head and flow rate). While that’s the best approach, a simple, universal formula based on the relationship of power, head, flow rate, and efficiency can provide realistic estimates for general planning or primary troubleshooting.