• Low-wear conveyance of industrial waste water: Robust rotary lobe pumps make water treatment easier

Low-wear conveyance of industrial waste water: Robust rotary lobe pumps make water treatment easier

Mar 22 2017 Read 825 Times

Used service water from industrial processes is one of the most problematic types of waste water due to its composition, which is often very demanding for conveying systems. In order to enable problem-free treatment of this kind of waste water in spite of this, NETZSCH Pumpen & Systeme GmbH has developed special models of its TORNADO® T2 rotary lobe pump which withstand a really wide variety of media: the T.Envi® is specially designed for a long service life with minimum wear, so that it can also convey extremely abrasive media without any problem. A large German concrete works has been using this solution since April 2015 to transport its mineral waste water and has so far not recorded any relevant signs of wear. In contrast, the centrifugal submersible pump which had been used previously lasted scarcely half a year.

The building materials and concrete parts manufacturer regularly experiences considerable amounts of mineral waste water with pebbles up to 20 mm in size when cleaning the mixing plant. The mixture is collected in a settling tank from where it has to be conveyed to a treatment plant via a 10 m long riser for further de-watering and separation. However, the centrifugal submersible pumps which had been used for this until 2015 did not withstand the stones and sand in the water for long due to the high speed required. Excessive abrasion and wear meant it made no sense to carry on using the pumps after only around six months. The company therefore decided to switch to a rotary lobe pump.

Special choice of materials and design for long service lives

A T.Envi® from NETZSCH was used which is specially designed to be extremely robust and for a long service life with minimum maintenance effort. The reason for this is an innovative mixture of materials: instead of elastomer lobes rotating in a metal housing, this involves two hardened steel lobes rotating in a rubber housing insert which is easy to replace. Steel is less susceptible to material fatigue due to dynamic forces – of the type that arise when there is repeated stress on the elastomer or plastic rotary lobes which are otherwise common – this means longer durability of the moving components is achieved. In addition, there is less deformation of the metal with changing temperatures, thus allowing to work with lower tolerances in manufacturing which is reflected in higher efficiency. This has the added advantage that the pump can be run at a lower speed, which affords the components greater protection and reduces wear even more.

If maintenance work should still be required, the complete front can be removed in next to no time, giving access to the whole interior. Likewise, the rotary lobes can easily be removed or re-fitted separately from one another thanks to the quick-release system. An integrated installation gauge helps with this. In combination with the smooth bi-lobe rotors and the flush-sitting seals, the unusual fastening concept outside of the housing also ensures an interior which has no dead spaces where abrasive particle residues can be deposited. Read more.

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