May 2007

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HP Reliability: Flexible connectors for pumps: points and counterpoints

Because flexible piping connectors have their place in industry, many articles in books and trade journals dealing with equipment subjects describe available connector configurations. One of many opti..

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Because flexible piping connectors have their place in industry, many articles in books and trade journals dealing with equipment subjects describe available connector configurations. One of many options described in the literature is shown in Fig. 1. Note the flexible connectors attached to the suction and discharge nozzles of this ANSI pump in a petrochemical facility.  Fig. 1    ANSI (chemical process) pump with flexible suction and discharge connections does not represent best practice. As is always the case, there are two sides to even the thinnest pancake, and HP takes the positi

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