Flow Optimizer Vaned Elbows and Spools

Problem: Excessive Noise, Vibration, and/or Wear

Usually, a result poor pump suction piping not in accordance with good practice, or designed in accordance with ANSI/HI 9.6.6

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Hydraulic Modeling

A scaled model is built to simulate and correct existing problems in the pumps intake piping.

Modeling is a fraction of the design and construction cost…where fixing problems after construction is completed may be 10 x the cost of a physical model. Flow Optimizers simply manufactures pump inlet flow conditioners and we strongly recommend Hydraulic Modeling by one of the major laboratories including Clemson Engineering Hydraulics, Alden Research Laboratory, Northwest Hydraulic Consultants, Utah Water Research Laboratory , or the IIHR – Hydrosciance & Enginineering (University of Iowa).

Benefits of Modeling include:

  • Maximize pump performance
  • Minimize maintenance and associated costs
  • Maximize life of the pumping equipment
  • Provides assurance of performance

Reducing Elbows

Reducing Elbows with a 2 diameter reduction have been proven to be the most effective way to condition the flow prior to the pumps suction.

Short vs. Long Radius Elbows

Short Radius help but the Long Radius Elbows further help to straighten & smooth the flow as it enters into the pumps suction nozzle.


Vaned Spools

These 24-inch diameter spools are designed to be installed at a sewage treatment plant and utilizes angled vanes to resist clogging.

Also, please see the use of “Van Stone” type flanges to ease in installation since these specially designed flanges rotate to match-up to existing mating flanges.

Contact Us

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