Hydraulic Pumps

Question 1
If a centrifugal pump has an impeller speed of N (in rpm), discharge Q (in m^{3}/s ) and the total head H (in m), the expression for the specific speed N_{s} of the pump is given by
A
N_{s}=\frac{NQ^{0.5}}{H^{0.5}}
B
N_{s}=\frac{NQ^{0.5}}{H}
C
N_{s}=\frac{NQ^{0.5}}{H^{0.75}}
D
N_{s}=\frac{NQ}{H^{0.75}}
GATE CE 2017 SET-2   Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics
Question 1 Explanation: 
Specific speed of pump.
N_{\mathrm{s}}=\frac{N \sqrt{Q}}{H^{3 / 4}}=\frac{N Q^{0.5}}{H^{0.75} }
Question 2
Identify the FALSE statement from the following:
The specific speed of the pump increases with
A
increase in shaft speed
B
increase in discharge
C
decrease in gravitational acceleration
D
increase in head
GATE CE 2006   Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics
Question 2 Explanation: 
The specific speed of a pump is given by,
N_{S}=\frac{N \sqrt{Q}}{\left(H_{m}\right)^{3 / 4}}
Question 3
The allowable Net Positive Sustion Head (NPSH) for a pump provided by the manufacturer for a flow of 0.05 m^{3}/s is 3.3 m. The temperature of water is 30^{\circ}C (vapour pressure head absolute = 0.44 m), atmosphere pressure is 100 kPa absolute and the head loss from the reservoir to pump is 0.3 N-m/N. The maximum height of the pump above the sustion reservoir is
A
10.19 m
B
6.89 m
C
6.15 m
D
2.86 m
GATE CE 2004   Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics
Question 3 Explanation: 
The maximum suction lift,
\begin{aligned} h_{s}&=\left(\frac{p_{a}-p_{v}}{\gamma_{w}}\right)-N P S H-h_{ts} \\ p_{a} &=100 k P a_{i} \\ \gamma_{w} &=1000 \times 9.81=9810 \mathrm{N} / \mathrm{m}^{3} \\ \frac{p_{v}}{\gamma_{w}} &=0.44 \mathrm{m} \\ \frac{p_{a}}{\gamma_{w}} &=\frac{100 \times 10^{3}}{9810}=10.19 \mathrm{m} \\ \therefore \quad h_{s} &=10.19-0.44-3.3-0.3 \\ &=6.15 \mathrm{m} \end{aligned}
Question 4
A pump can lift water at a discharge of 0.15m^{3}/s to a head of 25 m. The critical cavitation number (\sigma _{c}) for the pump is found to be 0.144. The pump is to be installed at a location where the barometric pressure is 9.8 m of water and the vapour pressure of water is 0.30 of water. The intake pipe friction loss is 0.40 m. Using the minimum value of NPSH (Net Positive Suction Head), the maximum allowable elevation above the sump water surface at which the pump can be located is
A
9.8m
B
6.2m
C
5.5m
D
none of these
GATE CE 2002   Fluid Mechanics and Hydraulics
Question 4 Explanation: 
\begin{aligned} \sigma_{c} &=\text { NPSH/H } \\ \therefore \quad 0.144 &=\frac{\text { NPSH }}{25} \\ \therefore \quad \text { NPSH } &=3.6 \mathrm{m} \\ \text { NPSH } &=H_{\text {atm }}-H_{v}-h_{s}-h_{L} \\ 3.6 &=9.8-0.3-h_{s}-0.4 \\ \therefore \quad h_{s} &=5.5 \mathrm{m} \end{aligned}
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