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Below is a list of questions regarding the type of liquid you will be pumping. Answer as many as possible to help Henry help you. You can always contact PumpBiz via our Contact Us page or by calling 1.800.PUMPBIZ (786-7249)


1. WHAT IS THE LIQUID'S FLOW RATE? (GPM)

For help with unit conversion, please see our conversion page.


2. WHAT IS THE LIQUID'S REQUIRED DISCHARGE PRESSURE? (PSI)

Include piping friction losses, height liquid is to be pumped to, and other factors. See FAQ for further info.

PSI=FT x sp.gr. / 2.31
[sp.gr. Water = 1]


3. HOW THICK IS THE LIQUID?

Check the button above the best description of your liquid's viscosity at 70°F

Thin Thick

[ Water ]
1.0 cP
31 SSU

[ Milk ]
3.2 cP
40 SSU

[ Cream ]
16.5 cP
100 SSU

[ Veg. Oil ]
34.6 cP
200 SSU

[ SAE 10 oil ]
88.0 cP
500 SSU

[ SAE 30 oil ]
352.0 cP
2000 SSU

[ Glycerine ]
880.0 cP
5000 SSU

[ Catsup ]
3000.0 cP
20000 SSU +

4. HOW HOT IS THE LIQUID?

Check the button above the temperature of the liquid you'll be pumping.

Freezing Ambient Boiling

0° C
32° F

20° C
68° F

100° C
212 ° F

5. IS THE LIQUID CORROSIVE?

Check the button above the best description of your liquid's pH.
This does not indicate Chemical Resistance. See Chem Res Chart

Acid Mild Acid Neutral Mild Caustic Caustic

pH: 0

pH: 4

pH: 6

pH: 7

pH: 8

pH: 10

pH: 14
[sulfuric] [vinegar or beer] [distilled water] [sea water]   [lye]

6. WHAT IS THE PERCENTAGE OF SUSPENDED SOLIDS IN THE LIQUID?

Check the button above the closest percentage.

Suspended solids

0%

5%

10%

25%+

7. WHAT IS THE AVERAGE SIZE OF SUSPENDED PARTICLES?

Check the button above the closest size. This does not take into account abrasiveness. Sizes pictured here are relative, but not necessarily accurate. (if none, do not select)


[pinpoint]
.04"/100u

[sand]
.1"/300u

[fine gravel]
.3"

[course gravel]
1"

[golf ball]
1.7"

[lime]
2"

8. HARDNESS?

Check the button above the best description of the solid particles in the liquid. (if none, do not select)

Soft Medium Hard Hard Very Hard

MOH 1
talc
plastics

MOH 3
calcite
bronze

MOH 5
apatite
cast iron

MOH 7+
quartz
white irons

9. WHAT IS THE SUCTION CONDITION?

Check the button above the best description of how liquid will enter the pump.

Select below

Self-Priming
pump situated above liquid, lifting it up through a pipe
Select below

Flooded Suction
pump situated below liquid level
Select below

Sump
liquid pump below ground, motor typically above ground
Select below

Submersible
pump and motor below liquid level

10. WHAT IS THE FLASHPOINT OF THE FLUID?

Check the button above the liquid that best represents the flash point properties of the fluid you need to pump. Also keep in mind the operating atmosphere.

CAUTION: Explosion-proof equipment will be required as dictated by the fluid and/or the operating atmosphere. For flammability please consult the MSDS and your safety officer.

Nonflammable Flammable

[water]

[ammonia]

[acetone]

[alcohol]

[diesel fuel]

[ethylether]
  Class I, Gp C/D and Class II, Gp F/G

11. HOW WILL YOU POWER YOUR PUMP?

A. If you chose AC power, please choose your pump's voltage source

60 HZ:
115-1

115-/230-1

230/460-3

575-3

[or]

50 Hz:
110/220-1

220/380/440-3
[please note: -1 = single phase, -3 = three phase]

B. If you chose DC power, please choose your voltage.


12 vdc

24 vdc

36 vdc

90 vdc

180 vdc

C. If you chose non-electric power, please specify what type.


air-pneumatic

gas engine

diesel engine

hydraulic

PTO


* Ask Henry is not meant to represent a definitive answer to your pump application. These questions represent typical questions that may have an impact on which pump type/material/motor is best suited for your application.
Please refer final decision to your safety officer.

**UL and CSA Hazardous Locations (EXP) - sample listing.
Class I Group D (C I Gp D) locations are atmospheres containing elements such as Gasoline, Hexane, Naphtha, Benzene, Butane, Propane, Alcohol, Acetone, Benzol, Lacquer Solvent Vapors or Natural Gas.

Class I Group C (C I Gp C) locations are atmospheres containing elements such as Ethyl-ether, Ethylene and Cyclopropane.

Class II Group F & G (C I Gp F/G) locations are atmospheres containing dust such as (F) Carbon Black, Coal or Coke Dust, (G) Flour, Starch or Grain Dusts.

CAUTION:
Motors misapplied in hazardous environments can cause a fire or explosion resulting in destruction of property, serious injury or death. Only the end user or a qualified underwriter is to identify and select the proper class, group, division, and temperature code motor to meet the requirements of each installation.
PumpBiz, Inc. personnel and or the pumpbiz.com website can advise what listing motors used with the pumps carry, but cannot evaluate nor recommend what motors may be suitable for use in hazardous environments.

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