# Pump Sizing Calculation

Pump is a most common equipment used in a chemical plant to transfer fluid from one location to another. This article shows how to do pump sizing calculation to determine differential head required to be generated by pump based on suction and discharge conditions.

### Suction Pressure

Pressure at pump suction is calculated as following

`P`_{Suct.} = P_{1} + P_{static} - ΔP_{Equipment} - ΔP_{friction}

where,

- P
_{1}is pressure at liquid surface in suction vessel. - P
_{static}is pressure due to height of liquid level above pump suction. - ΔP
_{Equipment}is pressure drop in an equipment at pump suction like strainers, filters etc. - ΔP
_{friction}is pressure drop due to suction pipe and fittings.

*P _{static}*

`P`

_{static}(psi) = h1.(SG)/2.31`P`

_{static}(bar) = h1.ρ.g/100000

where, h1 is height of liquid above pump suction, SG is specific gravity of liquid, ρ is liquid density (kg/m³) and g is gravitational constant (9.81).

*ΔP _{friction}*

`ΔP`_{friction} = ΔP_{Pipe} + ΔP_{Fittings}

ΔP_{Pipe} is pressure drop in a pipe due to single phase fluid flow. ΔP_{Fittings} is pressure drop due to pipe fittings, which can be calculated based on 2-K & 3-K method.

### Discharge Pressure

Pressure at pump discharge is calculated as following

`P`_{Disch.} = P_{2} + P_{static} + ΔP_{Equipment} + ΔP_{friction}

where,

- P
_{2}is pressure at liquid surface in discharge vessel. - P
_{static}is pressure due to height of liquid level above pump suction. - ΔP
_{Equipment}is pressure drop in equipment at pump discharge like heat exchangers, control valve, flowmeter, valves etc. - ΔP
_{friction}is pressure drop due to suction pipe and fittings.

*P _{static}*

`P`

_{static}(psi) = h2.(SG)/2.31`P`

_{static}(bar) = h2.ρ.g/100000

where, h2 is height of liquid above pump suction at which liquid is to be discharged.

ΔP_{friction} is calculated in similar way as mentioned above for discharge piping.

### Differential Head

Differential head required to be generated by pump is calculated as following.

`Head (ft) = (P`

_{Disch.}- P_{Suct.})*2.31/SG`Head (m) = (P`

_{Disch.}- P_{Suct.})*100000/(ρ.g)

### Hydraulic Power

Hydraulic power is calculated as following.

`Power (bhp) = Head(ft) * Flow(gpm) * SG / 3960`

`Power (kW) = Head(m) * Flow(m³/h) * SG * g / 3600`

### NPSH Available

Net Positive Suction Head (NPSH) available is calculated as following.

`NPSH`

_{Avail.}(ft) = (P_{Suct.}- P_{Vapor})* 2.31 / SG`NPSH`

_{Avail.}(m) = (P_{Suct.}- P_{Vapor})* 100000 / (ρ.g)

where, P_{Vapor} is vapor pressure of liquid at suction vessel temperature.

### System Head Curve

System head curve is a graphical representation of the relationship between flow and hydraulic losses in a given piping system. It is prepared by calculating differential head as specified above at different flow. The intersection of the pump manufacturer’s curve with system curve defines the operating point of the pump.

Pump curve and system curve can be fitted into a second order polynomial. Operating point is calculated by solving these equations for positive roots.

Web based calculation available at CheCalc.com