The High pressure fire pump provides a lot more water per minute than traditional fire engines and is ideal for the most challenging of fires. These units are able to run dual lines quickly and easily and have enough pressure to spray the fire with precision. The pump can also supply water to the fire truck’s tanks or hydrants. The unit can even be used in other applications such as washdown and AG/Sprinkler.
The heart of the water pump is an impeller that has curved blades inside it. It’s driven by a diesel engine and spins at a very fast rate. A valve opens to let water into the impeller and the centrifugal force pushes it outward, creating water pressure. The pump can draw water from a fire hydrant and can drop lines into bodies of water, and it can move more than 10,000 gallons of water at low pressures.
A UHP pump is not meant to replace the department’s existing equipment, but to provide a new tool that can better tackle the fires that they face. Training Division Chief Eric Klaas said he hopes that the new tool will be able to take down fires faster and more efficiently. He explained that while traditional fire engines blast thousands of gallons of water in a large bunch, the UHP rig can deliver smaller water droplets. The smaller water droplets can more effectively suppress the fire by absorbing and dispersing the heat, while larger drops do not absorb any heat and just fall to the ground.
When designing the piping for the pump, it is important to keep in mind that the pump must be able to maintain laminar flow of water. This is crucial in order to ensure proper operation and safety of the pump. This can be achieved by using the right amount of pipe size and not placing any elbows or reducers within the final piping system. These types of devices can increase the turbulence and create air pockets at the pump inlet and can decrease NPSHa, the hydraulic pressure differential.
In addition, it is also important to keep in mind that the suction side of the piping should be one or two sizes larger than the pump inlet to avoid damaging the pump. This is done to minimize the friction on the pumps and to maintain a minimum suction lift. It is also recommended to use hangers instead of supports for the piping to minimize the stress on the piping.
The KSB Group has been supplying firefighting pumps for more than 130 years and has a global network of manufacturing plants. This allows the company to offer a comprehensive range of products and services. This includes design, engineering, production and maintenance services. The company offers pumps and all other components that are required for firefighting systems. They have in-house foundries and state-of-the-art research laboratories. They also have a quality assurance program that is second to none.