The Computer Controlled Multipump Testing Bench (4 types of pumps), "PBOC", allows the students to study the operating characteristics of several types of pumps. This unit allows to control and to measure the most representative parameters of the pumps.
The measurements that can be taken using the unit are: admission and discharge pressure of the pump, impelled water flow, torque and turning speed of the pump and the manometric height, the hydraulic and mechanic power and the efficiency can be determined.
The unit is mounted on a structure with a working surface covered by a plastic sheet. Two different parts can be distinguished in the unit: the pumps, with their motors, connections and flexible hoses and the tanks to store and recycle water, with their measuring elements.
The minimum supply includes four types of pumps: one centrifugal pump, one axial flow pump, one gear pump and one peripheral pump. There are several optional pumps (not included in the minimum supply) that can be connected to the unit through valves and flexible hoses in order to demonstrate the operating behavior of these pumps.
Each pump is activated by a separate motor that allows the direct measurement of the torque. The speed is changed by a frequency converter, located in the control interface box, and computer controlled.
The pump under study impels water in a closed circuit. There are two pressure tappings in each pump, one at the admission and other at the discharge of the pump, to determine the manometric head of the different pumps. These tappings are connected to their corresponding pressure sensor.
The pumps included in the minimum supply are connected through flexible hoses to the volumetric tank and to the storage tank. The connection of the optional pumps to the volumetric tank and the storage tank are done through valves, connections and flexible hoses.
The unit includes two tanks, located at different levels, to recycle the water. The upper volumetric tank, located just over the water storage tank, is equipped with two weirs and two stilling baffles and includes a discharge valve and an activator.
The volumetric tank has been designed to accommodate low or high flows and it includes a level sensor to determine the water flow and the water level in the volumetric tank, an indicating transparent tube and a graduated scale. It has a safety overflow system that directly pours water into the storage tank if an incorrect use is made. The storage tank includes an indicating transparent tube.
This Computer Controlled Unit is supplied with the EDIBON Computer Control System (SCADA), and includes: The unit itself + a Control Interface Box + a Data Acquisition Board + Computer Control, Data Acquisition and Data Management Software Packages, for controlling the process and all parameters involved in the process.