Essay on Designing A Filtration System For The Circulator Pumps

1123 Words Feb 3rd, 2015 5 Pages
During the summer of 2013, I was employed by the Dow Chemical Company as a Maintenance and Reliability Engineer. I was located in Deer Park, Texas at their acrylates facility. My time there was only for the summer, which meant I was limited to thirteen weeks to complete my projects. The main project that I worked on while employed there was to install a filtration system for the circulator pumps. There are over sixty pumps throughout the site and they were all failing at different times due to filtration issues. In this report, I will discuss what the project entailed, how I went about completing the project, and what technical knowledge I gained from achieving my goals for the assignment.
At the Deer Park site, the main goal was to produce acrylic acid. According to The Dow Chemical Website, “Glacial Acrylic Acid Monomer offers significant advantages as an additive in a wide range of copolymer-based finishes, coatings, adhesives, inks, lubricants, saturates, and plastics” (1). The main components of acrylic acid are water, steam, and a variety of different chemical compounds. These chemical compounds need to be circulated through pipes and mixed together in different areas of the site. To push the chemicals through the pipes, Dow Chemical uses circulation pumps. Engineering toolbox states circulator pumps are “A pump that converts input power to kinetic energy by accelerating liquid in a revolving device - an impeller” (2). The circulation pumps were located throughout…

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