Chattanooga Engineers Club

CEC/ASME- Interpreting Centrifugal Pump Performance Curves

  • 10 Dec 2018
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Chattanooga State Community College - CETAS 271

Joint Meeting - ASME and Chattanooga Engineers Club

NOTE:  ASME is providing lunch at no cost to attendees, but RSVP is required by noon Friday, Dec 7 to Lulu Copeland (

Speaker:  Art Washburn P.E., Nuclear Technical Support Manager, Sulzer Pumps (US) Inc

Presentation:  Interpreting Centrifugal Pump Performance Curves

Centrifugal pumps are a sub-class of dynamic axisymmetric work-absorbing turbomachinery, used to transport fluids by the conversion rotational kinetic energy to the hydrodynamic energy of the fluid flow. The performance of a centrifugal pump can be shown graphically on a characteristic curve.  The curve can include total dynamic head, brake horsepower, efficiency, and net positive suction head plotted over the capacity range of the pump.  Knowing how to read a centrifugal pump curve is essential to knowing the health of a system.  Mr. Washburn will explain and show how to use the performance curve.

Location & Parking:  Chattanooga State Community College, Center for Engineering Technology and Science (CETAS 271).   (map here)  Use the West Entrance to Chattanooga State which is also marked for Wacker Institute and STEM High School.  Park in lot P17A copy of this meeting announcement can serve as your parking pass.

PDH for 1.0 hr may be awarded to attendees who request it on the login sheet (no registration on the CEC site required for this meeting).

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