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Flow conditioners enhance ease pump installation

By Chemical Engineering |

Vortab

The efficiency and service life of pumps can be greatly extended by following the manufacturer’s installation recommendation for pipe straight run entering the pump. When cramped pump houses or restricted pipe runs make this impractical and costly, this company offers a range of flow conditioners (photo) to overcome these challenges. The devices deliver a uniform, swirl-free flow profile to the pump inlet in as little as six pipe diameters by correcting flow disturbances to mimic adequate pipe straight run and produce a highly repeatable, symmetrical flow profile. The flow conditioners’ anti-swirl and inclined vortex-generating profile-correction tabs, projecting from the inside pipe surface, generate vortices that accelerate these natural pipe effects to create a uniform flow profile. Their use also eliminates the extra pipe cost and technician labor for additional lengths of pipe straight run or moving equipment. — Vortab Co., San Marcos, Calif.

www.vortab.com

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