Alfa Laval updates Pump Handbook


20 February 2024

Alfa Laval has published a  new edition of the company’s Pump Handbook.

The free 375-page guide contains information on basic pump functionality and in-depth guidelines for sizing and selecting the right pump type for optimum efficiency.

The first edition was published 25 years ago and  became part of the syllabus at engineering schools around the world. It also found its way into manufacturing sites, serving as a reference work to technicians in the daily operation of fluid handling processes.

Following the major update, Lars Sørensen, Manager, Product Management, at Alfa Laval, said: “We have worked hard to provide the global pump community with the most recent knowledge about pump functionality and leading-edge technologies that enhance pump efficiency to meet the sustainability agenda of societies and industries.

"Pumps are among the most power consuming devices in fluid handling processes, and the potential for energy savings is big, when you select the right pump from the start and maintain it along the way.”

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The authors are all experienced pump engineers with extensive theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience from installations and the training of technical staff in fluid handling industries. 

The main chapters of the handbook comprise:

  • Basic theory on pumping applications
  • Pump types for different applications
  • Pump sizing for maximum efficiency
  • Pump specification 
  • Pump motors
  • Troubleshooting
  • Technical data and formulas