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Fire-Water Pumps for CPI Facilities

By Amin Almasi,  Consultant |

FIGURE 1  Fire-water pump assemblies are typically skid-mounted to ease installation and operation. Shown here is an example of a skid-mounted, diesel-engine-driven, fire-water pump package Fire-water pumps are critical machines that save lives and prevent chemical process industries (CPI) facilities from damage more so than any other plant components. Fire-water pumps are nearly always centrifugal pumps with capacity from around 20–3,000 m3/h. Specific requirements for fire-water pumps are briefly noted in fire codes (such as NFPA 20 [ 1]), but this may not be sufficient for specifying high-performance fire-water pumps in a way that ensures good reliability and operation as well as optimum price. This article provides practical notes on fire-water pumps to expand upon the information that can be found in existing fire codes. Various styles and configurations of fire-water pumps are available at different prices. In addition to proper selection, fire-water pumps must be properly integrated into the overall fire-water system, as an integral part of the CPI facility. Figure 1 shows an example of a skid-mounted, diesel-engine-driven fire-water pump package. The performance and reliability of a fire-water pumping system is…
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