Can 2 pumps in series maintain a pressurized tank?

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In summary, if the tank is filled solid with water (like a water heater tank), the two pumps are in series and the outlet pressure of the first pump is just about equal to the inlet pressure of the second. If the flow is steady, then a dynamic equilibrium will be reached whereby the pressure inside the tank is the same for the completely full case as it is for the not completely full case. But if the flow rate is not steady, the tank level and pressure will go up and down.
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I have a system that consist of a water tank a pump that is pumping into a pressuirsed tank at 100 GPM and another pump at the outlet of the pressurized tank that is pumping to the 6th floor , my question is can I consider the 2 pumps as 2 pumps in series ? , my second question is : is there a continuity of flow ? and by conitnuity I mean the flow rate at the outlet of pressurised tank should be 100 gpm as the flow entering the tank ?? or it can be less or more , if it can be less or more does that mean there is no conservation of flowrate ?

- can a pressurized system have an inflow rate less or more thn its outflow rate ? using 2 pumps one before and another at the outlet ? is that posssible or there must be a conservation of flow which means the 2 pumps must pump at the same flow rate ?
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What's in the tank? If the tank is filled solid with water (like a water heater tank), it's just a big pipe and continuity of flow applies. If it's partly water an partly air (like an expansion tank), then the tank level can go up and down.

Either way, the two pumps are in series and the outlet pressure of the first pump is just about equal to the inlet pressure of the second (caveat: unless thee are flow control devices like valves between them or if there is a lot of pipe friction loss). If the flow is steady, then a dynamic equilibrium will be reached whereby the pressure inside the tank is the same for the completely full case as it is for the not completely full case. But if the flow rate is not steady, the tank level and pressure will go up and down. For example, if the tank is half full and pressurized and you turn off or slow down the second pump, water (this is water, right?) will flow in but won't flow out (it could flow in from both sides! unless you have back-flow preventers) until the pressure gets high enough for the first pump to do all the work(if it can).
 
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what if the pressurised tank is fulll and the 2 pumps are not identical and 1 of them is selected to have 100 gpm as flow rate and the 2nd to have 150 gpm ? when the work together will the water level in the pressurised tank decrease or the 2 pumps with adjust and reach an equilibrumm state where both flow at the same flowrate even if our selection was as above ? would their system curve cross on a point where both of them will flow at the same flowrate ?
 

Related to Can 2 pumps in series maintain a pressurized tank?

1. Can two pumps in series maintain a pressurized tank?

Yes, two pumps in series can maintain a pressurized tank. This means that the pumps are connected in a series, with the outlet of one pump feeding into the inlet of the other pump. This allows the pumps to work together to maintain the pressure in the tank.

2. How do pumps in series maintain pressure in a tank?

Pumps in series maintain pressure in a tank by working together to create a continuous flow of water. As one pump pushes water into the tank, the other pump pulls water out, creating a cycle that keeps the pressure in the tank consistent.

3. What happens if one of the pumps in series fails?

If one of the pumps in series fails, the other pump will continue to work and maintain pressure in the tank. However, the overall flow rate may be reduced and the remaining pump may have to work harder to maintain the pressure. It is important to regularly maintain and check both pumps to prevent failure.

4. How do you determine the size and type of pumps needed for a series setup?

The size and type of pumps needed for a series setup depend on the desired flow rate and pressure requirements for the tank. Factors such as pipe size, head height, and friction loss also need to be considered. It is best to consult with a professional or use pump sizing calculators to determine the appropriate pumps for your specific setup.

5. Are there any disadvantages to using pumps in series for maintaining a pressurized tank?

One potential disadvantage of using pumps in series is that if one pump fails, it can affect the overall flow rate and pressure in the tank. Additionally, using multiple pumps can increase the complexity and cost of the system. It is important to regularly maintain and monitor the pumps to prevent failures and ensure efficient operation.

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