The primary function of a pump is to shift fluid from one area to another. This has various applications, such as transferring gasoline into a car or water out of a swimming pool. Of course, there are many kinds of pumps available on the market meant for different tasks. Although you might not have realised it, there are pumps available that are designed to be fully submerged in the liquid they need to pump!
These are called submersible pumps. Let’s explore pumps and control valves and learn everything there is to know about them.
What’s a Submersible Pump?
Just as the name suggests, a submersible pump is a type of pump that can be fully submerged in the liquid it needs to move. In other words, they must be submerged in the liquid that are pumping.
Most pumps are not designed for this purpose because they would short-circuit if they were to come into contact with water. Submersible pumps, on the other hand, are hermetically sealed and have electrical insulation that protects them from being damaged by water.
How Do Submersible Pumps Work?
Submersible pumps work in a similar way to other pumps, with the exception that they are designed to be submerged in the liquid they are moving. The pump contains a motor that turns an impeller, which is a type of blade. The blades of the impeller push the liquid through the pump and into the intended destination.
There are two main types of submersible pumps: direct-drive pumps and centrifugal pumps. Direct-drive pumps have their motor directly connected to the impeller, while centrifugal pumps use a belt or pulley system to connect the motor to the impeller.
What Are Submersible Pumps Used For?
Submersible pumps have a wide range of applications. They are commonly used in wells, sump pits, sewage treatment plants, and more. In fact, submersible pumps are the only type of pump that can be used in sewage treatment plants, as they are the only type of pump that can withstand the harsh conditions found in sewage.
Submersible pumps are also used in many industrial applications. They are often used to move hazardous materials, as they eliminate the risk of leaks and spills. Additionally, submersible pumps can be used in oilrigs, cooling towers, and more.
What Are the Advantages of Submersible Pumps?
Submersible pumps offer a number of advantages over other types of pumps. First and foremost, they do not need to be primed. They can also be used in applications where other types of pumps would be damaged by the conditions. For example, as we mentioned before, submersible pumps are the only type of pump that can be used in sewage treatment plants.
Additionally, because they are submerged, they do not need any cooling. Finally, submersible pumps are very versatile. They can be used for a wide range of applications, including industrial, residential, and commercial applications.
With this new information about submersible pumps, you can better discern if they fit the needs of your specific project. They work wonders for some uses and could likely help with other water-related ventures! There are myriads of types to choose from though, so take care to select one that best suits what you need.