Are You Using the Right Pump for Your Job?

When it comes to moving water, there’s no one-size-fits-all pump for every job. Each project is unique and comes with its own set of challenges. Achieving the very best outcome will require the most suitable pump for your specific needs.

There’s no shortage of specialty assets to consider when it comes to this class of equipment. Trash pumps are reliable for transferring water and other non-corrosive water-based liquids. Sound attenuated pumps are a bonus to keep diesel centrifugals quiet when you’re operating in a commercial or residential area, keeping the hum of pumps to a conversational 70 decibels. Stainless steel pumps are a true specialty asset, more resistant to abrasion and corrosion than the steel and cast iron of standard pumps. AOD pumps can handle harsh or aggressive chemicals, as well as flammable petroleum products. 

But the most vital part of any pump consideration is the required total dynamic head (TDH) — and taking the time to run a simple TDH calculation.

TDH measures from where the original water or liquid source is all the way to the final discharge point. It takes everything into account — the vertical distance water must travel, the horizontal distance, the friction losses in the pipes or hoses you’re pumping through, the flow you want at the discharge line — and tells you the exact horsepower and required size of pump to achieve your desired results. The equation looks like this: 

TDH = Static Lift + Pressure Head + Velocity Head + Friction Losses

It’s an incredibly valuable (and simply) tool to have in your back pocket, and yet it’s underutilized within our industry. At Ironclad, we’ll always take the extra time to calculate TDH with our clients who are looking to transfer water. And sure, sometimes a job is simple enough where our expert clients know what they need. But when you’re managing extraordinary heights or distances, running the calculation will save you time and money, and help you meet your expectations. 

Want to learn more, or perfect your own TDH calculations? You know where to find us — we’re ready to roll