Prepare your pump parts for an upgrade to DuPont™ Vespel CR-6100
Review on Pump Parts and upgrading to Vespel CR-6100
The National Geographic Channel used to run a show called Doomsday Preppers where survivalist families would prepare for apocalyptic disasters and societal collapse. Although that sounds like a lot of fun, at Boulden, we are more concerned with helping your pumps survive adverse process conditions with an upgrade to DuPont™ Vespel® CR-6100.
Last month, we outlined the measurements required for a Vespel® CR-6100 installation. When you have decided to go forward with the upgrade, the first step will be to prepare the metal parts to facilitate the installation.
Start with a Little Chamfer
Vespel® CR-6100 is used for stationary wear components–throttle bushings, case wear rings, center-stage bushings, inter-stage case rings, vertical pump shaft bearings, throat bushings, agitator bearings, API separator bearings-basically any product lubricated wear part.
The material is installed with a significant press fit. To facilitate the press fit operation, the metal bore into which you will be pressing the Vespel® CR-6100 requires a small chamfer or radius (Figure 1). It is very important that any corners or sharp edges are fully broken and smoothed with a stone so that the metal edge does not remove material from the outside surface of the Vespel® CR-6100 during the press operation.
Make Sure There is a “Shoulder” or “Step”
For any part exposed to differential pressure, it is important that the design features a shoulder or step at the low-pressure end (shown on the right side of Figure 1) to ensure the differential pressure does not dislodge the Vespel® CR-6100 during operation.
Some radially split multi-stage pumps (BB4 and BB5) pumps feature metal wear rings welded into the pump diffusers with no step or shoulder incorporated in the design. In this case, you can consider modifying the diffusers so that the case wear rings have an “L” shaped profile like the rings below which were used in a hydrocracker charge pump.
Vespel® CR-6100 can help you avoid pump seizure during extreme events like running dry. The temperature limit is 500 F (260 C), allowing it to survive infernal heat waves. The material is not affected by electromagnetic pulses. polar shifts, or solar flares. As an added bonus, Vespel® CR-6100 has an indefinite shelf life, making it an ideal material to stockpile in your underground bunker, and the material is likely to hold its value in the case of hyperinflation.
In reality, you don’t have to stockpile the material. Boulden carries a huge inventory of stock sizes in the USA, Europe, and Singapore. You can generally receive whatever material you need in a matter of days.
To prepare your pump for whatever the future holds, please contact Boulden with your application details and dimensions. We’ll be happy to walk you through the installation details–assuming we have not been wiped out by an asteroid strike.
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If you need any material or have any questions. Please contact us today. Until next time.