# Pump Power Calculation Formula | Specific speed of a centrifugal pump

In this article discussed about pump basic formulas with examples like pump power calculation formula, specific speed of centrifugal pump and affinity laws for centrifugal and displacement pumps. Also provided online calculator for pump power calculation

## Pump Efficiency and Pump Power Calculation Formulas with Examples

### Efficiency and Input Power of the Pump

The work performed by the pump is equal to the weight of liquid pumped in Unit time multiplied by total Head in meters. However the pump capacity in M3/hr and liquid specific gravity are used rather than weight of liquid pumped for work done by the pump.

The input power “P” of a pump is the mechanical power in kW or Watt taken by the shaft or coupling. So the input power of the pump also called Break Horse Power (BHP).

Pump input BHP is the power delivered to the pump shaft and is designated as brake horsepower.  so pump input power also called as pump shaft power.

Pump output power is called as Water Horse Power (WHP ) or Hydraulic power and it is useful work delivered by the pump.  and is usually expressed by the formula

Hydraulic power Ph = Flow rate  X  Total developed head  X  Density  X  Gravitational constant

Pump Efficiency is the ratio of pump input and output power.

i.e Efficiency of the pump is the ratio water horse power to break horse power. Pump input power calculation formula or pump shaft power calculation formula

Pump Input Power = P

Formula – 1

P in Watt = Here

Q = Flow rate in m3/sec

H = Total developed head in meters = Density in kg/m3

g = Gravitational constant = 9.81 m/sec2

η  = Efficiency of the pump ( between 0% to 100%)

Formula – 2

P in kW = Here

Q = Flow rate in m3/hr

H = Total developed head in meters = Density in kg/dm3 (1 kg/m3 = 0.001 kg/dm3)

η  = Efficiency between 0 and <1 (not in %)

Formula – 3

P in kW = Here

Q = Flow rate in Lt./sec ( 1 m3/sec = 3.6 x Lt./sec)

H = Total developed head in meters = Density in kg/dm3 (1 kg/m3 = 0.001 kg/dm3)

η  = Efficiency of the pump ( between 0% to 100%)

Formula – 4

P in Hp = Here

Q = Flow rate in Lt./sec

H = Total developed head in meters = Density in kg/dm3

η  = Efficiency of the pump ( between 0% to 100%)

Formula – 5 ( USCS units )

P in Hp = Here

Q = Flow rate in gpm

H = Total developed head in feet = Density in lb/ft3

η  = Efficiency of the pump ( between 0% to 100%)

For an electric-motor-driven pumping unit, the overall efficiency is

Overall efficiency =   pump efficiency x   motor efficiency

The overall efficiency then becomes what is commonly called “wire-to-water” efficiency, which is expressed by the formula

Overall Efficiency = ### Specific Speed of Pump

The specific speed “Nq” is a parameter derived from a dimensional analysis which allows a comparison of impellers of various pump sizes even when their operating similar Q -H range.  The specific speed can be used to classify the optimum impeller design.

Specific Speed of pump (Nq) is defined as the speed in RPM at which a geometrically similar impeller would run if it were reduced proportionately in size so as to delivered 75 kg of water per second to the height of 1 m.

Nq is also defined as the theoretical rotational speed at which a geometrically similar impeller would run if it were of such a size as to produce 1 m of head at a flow rate of 1 m3/sec at the best efficiency point.

The specific speed can be made a truly dimensionless characteristic parameter while retaining the same numerical value by using following equation.

Metric System

Nq = = Where Nq = Dimensionless parameter

N = RPM of pump

n = Rev/sec of Pump

Q =  Flow rate in m3/sec

g = Gravitational constant ( 9.81 m/sec2)

British Units

Nq = Where N = RPM of pump

Q =  Flow rate in Gallons per minute (GPM)

Note:

1. For multistage pumps the developed head (H) at best efficiency

2. Consider half total discharge in case of double suction impeller.

Approximate reference values  for specific speed of centrifugal pump (Nq):

Mixed flow impeller – up to approx. 160

Axial flow impeller (propeller) – approx. from 140 to 400

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#### Why to select pump with better efficiency

Pump Efficiency is the most important factor while calculating power consumption. So while selection of the higher rating of pump always choose best efficiency pump set.

The following formula to help  which type of efficiency rating pump is best

N N = Number units power saving per year in  KWH = Higher and lower overall efficiency of two pump sets.

P = Power input in kW to motor (related to low efficiency pump)

T = Running hours per year

##### Pump efficiency calculation example = 75% and 65% respectively

P = Power input = 40 kW

T = 3000 hours per year

N = 18461 Units (KWH)

So for same rating pump efficiency will increase by 10% then power saving will be 18461 KWH per year.

### Centrifugal pump power calculation online

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## 7 thoughts on “Pump Power Calculation Formula | Specific speed of a centrifugal pump” #### Pranjal saxena

(September 29, 2018 - 5:52 am)

Dear sir, please specify the Units in formula (Hydraulic power Ph = Flow rate X Total developed head X Density X Gravitational constant) and also Describe how to convert in kW. #### siva alluri

(September 29, 2018 - 3:51 pm) #### Mallappa.undi

(October 6, 2018 - 1:17 am)

How to calculate gear box power? #### Deepak Kulshrestha

(February 26, 2020 - 3:30 pm)

Very clear & useful content #### Kuldip Singh

(April 15, 2020 - 3:28 am)

How to Calculate the Motor kW Rating for Centrifugal High Pressure Multistage Pump ?

Media – Fresh Water
Horizontal Pump
RPM – 2900
Suction – Flooded & Positive

Is it same formula – which we use for 1500 RPM Motor i.e. QxHxDensity / 367xEfficiency

Please confirm – for 2 Pole Motor (2900 RPM) – What will be the Power in kW ? #### K.B.VAGHELA

(August 29, 2020 - 3:10 am) 