System-Head Curves

  • Igor J. Karassik
  • Terry McGuire


A centrifugal pump must be suitable for operation with the system in which it is used. To select a suitable pump, the characteristics of the system must be considered. It is usually easy to determine the characteristics of the system, but, occasionally, a complicated system that requires analysis of each of its parts is encountered. It is not possible to provide a detailed analysis of every type of problem that may be encountered when using centrifugal pumps. However, the following discussion of a few typical examples will acquaint the reader with the general method of solving such problems.


Cast Iron Centrifugal Pump Head Loss Friction Loss Check Valve 
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© Chapman & Hall 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Igor J. Karassik
    • 1
  • Terry McGuire
    • 1
  1. 1.Ingersoll-Dressor Pump CompanyUSA

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