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Pumps in a Brewery (and Pump Troubleshooting Exercises)

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Keywords

Viscosity, Pump, Centrifugal, Cavitation, Static, Impeller, Suction, Dynamic, Displacement

Description

Pumps are a critical component of beer production to control the movements of fluids (gases, and liquids) throughout the process. This lecture discusses the fundamentals of both centrifugal and positive displacement pumps. In order to select the right pump for a particular application, one needs to understand the basics such as suction head, vapor pressure, cavitation, and viscosity, as well as pump curves and pressure losses associated with piping systems. All those concepts are covered in details, and several scenarios will be presented, guiding you through successful pump troubleshooting.


Learning Objectives

  • Explain how centrifugal pumps operate
  • Explain how positive displacement pumps work
  • Identify the factors that affect the output pressure and flow of a centrifugal pump
  • Describe cavitation
  • Explain why fluid vapor pressure is important to centrifugal pump performance
  • Explain how fluid viscosity affects centrifugal pumps and positive displacement pumps
  • List the advantages and disadvantages of each type

Lecture developed by

Tim Marbach

Tim Marbach is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS), where he teaches courses in thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics and project engineering. He served as lead instructor for the Packaging and Process Technology Module of the UC Davis Master Brewer Program from 2008 to 2015. Tim received his Bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas and Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma in Norman. His industrial experience includes four years at the U.S. Army Fuels and Lubricants Research Facility at the Southwest Research Institute and a U.S. Department of Energy Industry Fellowship at Siemens Westinghouse Power Corporation. He has received the Outstanding Teaching Award for the CSUS College of Engineering and Computer Science and the Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society) Outstanding Teaching Award. His research interests include energy efficiency, combustion and thermochemical processing of biofuels.

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Lecture developed by

Gary Grande

Gary Grande performed in a number of roles in a variety of industrial environments over a forty year period. The most recent of these was Miller Brewing Company where he held numerous positions in the brewery production and maintenance functions, and also directed several engineering projects and upgrades. He also served as an internal packaging and process consultant for breweries within the Miller system. He directs the consultancy and research functions at the Siebel Institute, as well as managing the Process Technology module of the WBA International Course in Brewing Technology. He lectures part of that module as well as other Siebel Institute courses. He is also licensed as a Broadcast Engineer by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission.

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Lecture Duration (Narration)
55 minutes

Lecture Availability
10 days from purchase

Lecture Level
advanced

Cost
$140.00

Lecture Duration
55 minutes

Lecture Availability
10 days from purchase

Level
advanced

Cost
$140.00

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