Perspectives: Field Notes

Pumps: Get Into the Thick of Things

Consider several types of pumps to handle viscous fluids.

By Dirk Willard, Contributing Editor
Sep 14, 2016

I was surprised: a centrifugal pump actually pumped a 300-cP detergent. A careful examination later showed the pump was near its thermal minimum-flow limit. This means it couldn’t be expected to reliably pump continuously. Nonetheless, another presumption of pump lore bites the dust.

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