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Wear ring clearance for centrifugal pumps

Understand the pump specific speed to help establish proper tolerance

  • June 2019
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Gene Vogel
EASA Pump & Vibration Specialist

One of the most common repairs on centrifugal pumps is replacing worn or damaged wear rings. To restore efficient, reliable operation and prevent catastrophic pump failure, it is critical to restore proper clearances between the stationary casing wear ring and the rotating impeller wear ring. Although many pump manufacturers provide clearances and dimensions, some do not. There are plenty of aging pumps around from now-defunct manufacturers for which dimension data is simply not available.

In such cases, the rule of thumb that follows provides some guidance for acceptable running clearances, or the minimum running clearance chart in American Petroleum Institute (API) Standard 610 can be used as a guide.

  • Suction side wear rings vs. rear wear rings
  • Open vs closed impellers
  • Wear ring clearances & specific speeds
  • Wear ring clearance guide

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