View Full Version : Centrifugal Purge Solution

08-01-2018, 12:09 PM
Hello all. What are some easy and effective options to purge air from centrifugal pumps? Is there a standard in the industry?
I'm currently just loosening the output TC a bit and letting the air bleed, it's somewhat sketch at times and i'm looking for a safer solution.
Just an instrument Tee with a ball valve?



08-01-2018, 12:29 PM
Put a tee on the outlet, with a valve on one side. Open the valve until the pump is primed.

08-01-2018, 02:10 PM
Could just throw a valve on the pump outlet. Pro, a little less bulky than the T; con, you still have to open up what may be a sanitized loop when you wanna flush that air. Having the ability to open/close the output at will comes in handy all sorts of other times, too, to the point where we've just got a valve that lives on our mobile pump.

08-01-2018, 03:45 PM
Thanks all, a tee with a valve it is.


dick murton
08-02-2018, 10:02 AM
It's not just the pump you should be purging, but the whole line from source to destination vessel - so the purge liquor supply should be on a Tee at the source vessel, and the bleed at the destination vessel

08-02-2018, 10:54 AM
I think he meant to prime the pump, not to purge everything of oxygen.

08-02-2018, 12:29 PM
In addition to above suggestions, be sure the outlet port of the pump is located on top of the volute. I've seen several assembled with the outlet port below the top--impossible to purge fully.