Spare Parts

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Slurry pumps spare parts

The most reliable slurry pump manufacturers must be able to supply all the spare parts that make up a slurry pump. Although Pemo Pumps pumps are made with the best materials and, before being sent to the customer, are carefully tested in our laboratories to last for years, it may happen that wear and the type of materials subjected to pumping require the replacement of some spare parts of a slurry pump.

Pemo Pumps has a complete portfolio of spare parts ready to be sent to customers. If the component to be replaced is not already present in our warehouses, Pemo Pumps produces it directly in the workshop in particularly quick times.

Below are the main components of a slurry pump and the spare parts that may require replacement over the years.

Major spare parts of a slurry pump

IMPELLERS

In a slurry pump, the impeller optimizes the passage of abrasive solids while considering erosive wear that can affect performance. The impeller is a rotating component of a centrifugal pump. Its primary function is to transfer energy from the pump motor to the fluid being pumped by accelerating the fluid outward from the center of rotation.

In slurry pumps, impellers are specifically designed to handle abrasive slurries containing solid particles and obviously differ from those used with clear liquids.

We have different types of impellers for slurry applications: closed impellers have solid vanes and are suitable for handling slurries with higher concentrations of solids. They provide better wear resistance but may be less efficient. The semi-open impellers have vanes with an open front, allowing some solids to pass through. They strike a balance between wear resistance and efficiency.

Impellers may have “clearing” or “expelling” vanes to control leakage. Instead, close axial clearances are adjusted to prevent leakage, while radial clearances (between impeller and casing) are set based on slurry concentration. For highly abrasive applications, impeller attachment methods protect against wear. An internally threaded connection shields the threaded area from abrasive slurry. Various sealing methods prevent leakage, including flushing seals and mechanical seals. Some slurry pumps use vertical designs without seals.

Spare parts impellers

CASING OR BODY

The primary function of a slurry pump casing is to guide the slurry from the pump inlet to the impeller and then control its flow before discharge. Slurries are challenging to handle due to their highly abrasive, thick, corrosive nature and high concentration of solids. Therefore, specially designed heavy-duty pumps are required to work as slurry pumps.

The high chrome alloy (white iron with chromium) is the most common material used for slurry pump casings. It consists of white iron with approximately 25% chromium added to enhance its durability and reduce brittleness.

In certain applications where solid particles are small, rubber-lined casings are used. These casings protect against abrasion caused by increased pressure and circulation.

MOTORS OR ENGINE OR DRIVE

Obviously, motor is the heart of a slurry pump. Let’s see what the main characteristics of a slurry pump motor are.

Slurry pumps often work in challenging environments where the pumped fluid contains abrasive solids. Effective cooling is crucial to maintain motor performance and prevent overheating. Water cooling is superior to air cooling for slurry pump motors. Submerged motors can be cooled by the ambient liquid, ensuring high power density and comparatively low temperature. For pumps that work partially or totally un-submerged, a cooling jacket with a circulating cooling medium (such as a glycol mixture) can be used.

Insulation plays a vital role in protecting the motor windings from moisture, dust, and other contaminants. Slurry pumps often operate in harsh conditions, so proper insulation is essential to prevent electrical breakdown and ensure reliable performance.

The motor powering a slurry pump can be either an electric motor or an internal combustion engine, depending on the application’s needs. Electric motors are commonly used but need to handle high peak torque demands when solids pass through the pump.

In slurry pump motors the rotor diameter is often larger, and the stator is thinner compared to standard motors. This design optimizes performance for abrasive and challenging applications. Also, the motor enclosure should be robust and resistant to abrasion and corrosion.

Finally, because slurry pumps handle high concentrations of solids, their motors must be designed to withstand abrasion, maintain cooling efficiency, and provide reliable performance even in demanding conditions.

Slurry pumps spare parts

SHAFT

A shaft in a slurry pump is the component that connects the impeller to the motor or engine. It transfers rotational motion from the motor to the impeller, which is responsible for pumping the slurry.

The shaft is typically made of high-strength materials to withstand the high stresses and torque generated by a powerful slurry pump. Common materials used for slurry pump shafts include stainless steel or high chrome alloy. Stainless steel is often chosen due to its excellent corrosion resistance and mechanical properties. High chrome alloy provides good wear resistance and durability.

Remember that slurry pumps are widely used in industries such as mining, dredging, and steel, where they transport mixtures of liquid containing solid particles. Properly designed and robust shafts are essential for efficient slurry pump performance.

Most common spare parts to replace

Our pumps are designed to resist abrasion and wear. The materials used are specifically chosen to work in the most extreme situations, be subjected to considerable stress and last over time. The wear of the spare parts depends above all on the density and contents of the “slurry-mixture” and on the type of application.

In particular, the impellers and bodies are the spare parts most in contact with the mixtures and, consequently, are most often subject to wear. Impellers and bodies are thus the spare parts that our customers ask us most often. In addition to the main spare parts, our customers require some consumables, such as seals.

The Pemo Pumps production process requires that all metal parts (bases, impellers, shafts, bodies) are made starting from a rough version (castings) through processing and customizations directly in our workshop or with qualified partners. Pemo Pumps works with Italian foundries with which it has built a relationship of trust over the years, and which guarantee high standards of efficiency and rapid remedial interventions for all types of production defects.

Pemo Pumps guarantees the quality of all the spare parts made available to its customers, even those processed by our partners.

Why choose Pemo for original spare parts

It is highly advisable to rely on Pemo Pumps for the purchase and replacement of damaged spare parts. Relying on components made by others is a very high risk because the customer cannot count on the level of quality and reliability of those who created their slurry pump.

Pemo Pumps has a very large warehouse capable of supplying spare parts for pumps made several years ago and still in perfect working order. The delivery times of Pemo Pumps spare parts are much quicker than competitors who, due to their size, cannot guarantee a punctual and timely assistance service.