Parameters Pump

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On page Parameters you have to put in or to modify parameters resulting from approximation functions in dependence on specific speed nq or flow rate Q. See Approximation functions.

For details of how to handle the parameter edit fields please see Edit fields with empirical functions.


Parameter and efficiency values can be handled manually or can be switched to automatic update by the checkbox on top of the page. Then the default values are used always, even after design point modifications (see Global setup).

If the automatic mode is not selected the current default values can be specified by one of the following options:

globally by the button on top of the page

regionally by the default button within the Parameters or Efficiency region

individually by the default button above the input field when selected


The panel Parameters allows defining alternative parameters in each case for the calculation of the following impeller diameters:



dS1, dH1

dS2, dH2



The following is focusing on normal axial pumps - for inducers special correlations are used.


For dS2-calculation

Work coefficient ψ

(= pressure and head coefficient)

dimensionless expression for the specific energy:

0.7  ...1.3 centrifugal impeller

0.25...0.7 mixed-flow impeller

0.1  ...0.6 axial impeller

high small dS2, flat characteristic curve
low high dS2, steep characteristic curve

Specific diameter δ

according to Cordier diagram (see Dimensions)


For dH2 calculation

Diameter ratio dH2/dS2


If the check box "βH2 = 90°" is set the diameter ratio is set to:

Under the assumptions: cu·u = Y = const.


For dS1/dH1-calculation

Meridional velocity ratio cm2/cm1

Diameter ratio dH1/dS1

strictly axialdH2 = dH1 and dS2 = dS1
const. hubdH2 = dH1
const. middM2 = dM1
const. shroud dS2 = dS1


In panel Efficiency you have to specify several efficiencies. You have to distinguish between design relevant efficiencies and efficiencies used for information only:

Design relevant

hydraulic efficiency ηh

volumetric efficiency ηv

additional hydraulic efficiency ηh+ (displayed for information only, see Global setup)

Information only

mechanical efficiency ηm

motor efficiency ηmot

The additional hydraulic efficiency ηh+ is used additionally for impeller dimensioning in order to compensate additional flow losses.

The losses resulting in energy dissipation from the fluid form the internal efficiency.

Internal and mechanical efficiency form the overall efficiency (coupling efficiency) of the stage ηSt.

When considering motor losses additionally the overall efficiency of the stage incl. motor ηSt* is defined.

PQ: pump output, see above

PD: mechanical power demand (coupling/ driving power)

Pel: electrical power demand of motor


The following summary illustrates the single efficiencies and their classification:



Relevant for impeller design




additional hydraulic

yes: for energy transmission





yes: for flow rate




no: for overall information only

stage incl. motor




The obtainable overall efficiency correlates to specific speed and to the size and the type of the impeller as well as to special design features like bypass installations and auxiliary aggregates. Efficiencies calculated by approximation functions are representing the theoretical reachable values and they should be corrected by the user if more information about the impeller or the whole pump are available.

The hydraulic efficiency (or blade efficiency) describe the energy losses within the pump caused by friction and vorticity. Friction losses mainly originate from shear stresses in boundary layers. Vorticity losses are caused by turbulence and on the other hand by changes of flow cross section and flow direction which may lead to secondary flow, flow separation, wake behind blades etc.

The volumetric efficiency is a quantity for the deviation of effective flow rate Q from total flow rate inside the impeller :

(rising with decreasing tip clearance)

The mechanical efficiency mainly includes the friction losses in bearings and seals:

(rising with impeller size)

Total-total and volumetric efficiency are most important for the impeller dimensioning because of their influence to and/or . The mechanical efficiency is affecting only the required driving power of the machine.


If the check box "Use η for main dimensions" is set, then main dimension calculation is done on the basis of Yeff= 0.5(Y/η+Y). Otherwise Y - specific work without losses - is used.


In the right area of the register Parameter you can find again some calculated values for information:

Required driving power

Power loss

Internal efficiency

Stage efficiency

Stage efficiency incl. motor