Maintaining Optimized Common Force Main Pressure with Multiple Pump Stations
This white paper discusses monitoring the force main and pump speed via a patented algorithm to add a standalone pump station to a common force main with multiple pump stations already in service. Readers of this white paper will learn about conventional approaces to the problem, including:
- Costly communication systems, tying all the pump stations together, which limit the number of pump stations on line at the same time
- Oversizing the pump and/or pump motor
- Orifice plates or partially closed discharge valves to create artificial head and prevent run-out – resulting in increased energy usage and increased chances for choked piping
- Installation of a flow meter with feedback loop to a VFD to maintain a constant flow rate regardless of head. The flowmeter complicates the operation of the station and requires additional infrastructure.
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