Pump selection can have dramatic impact on the overall operating cost of a hydronic system. Consulting several pumps curves prior to the selection of a pump is the key to minimizing these operating costs. In this blog we will discuss the factors that impact pump efficiency and how pump curves can be used to take the guesswork out of efficienct pump selection.
One of the most important lines on a pump performance curve is the Net Positive Suction Head (NPSH) curve. Discreetly applied either below or above the pump performance and efficiency curves, this single plotted line is the key to avoiding cavitation. Required NPSH or NPSHR for a given pump increases with flow. So, using the pump curve shown in Figure 1, we can see that the NPSHR for this Model 1510 B & G pump with a 8” impeller and 800 GPM and 33 Feet of Total Head is 12 feet of head.