December 2021

Valves, Pumps and Turbomachinery

Mitigation actions to prevent vibration during factory tests of SAGD boiler feedwater pumps

The most vital information on the condition of boiler feedwater (BFW) pumps is vibration.

Zardynezhad, S., TurboTech Consulting Corp.

The most vital information on the condition of boiler feedwater (BFW) pumps is vibration. The vibration data will determine the mechanical condition of the pump and is an index for acceptance or rejection of the pump during shop performance tests or mechanical running tests at the factory or in the field. This information is also very useful in predictive or preventive maintenance and reliability programs. This article reviews practical engineering mitigation actions to minimize the risk of vibration of BFW pumps during factory performance or mechanical running tests. Introduction BFW pumps are the most critical pumps in many industries, such as power, mining, steam-assisted gravity drain

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