The Hydraulic Institute was established in 1917 to serve the pump industry by providing product standards and a forum for the exchange of information. Pump users, engineering contractors and others who specify and purchase and apply pumps will find a wide array of resources within the Institute to help them better perform their jobs.
Summary of Resources Available:
Among the pump user community HI is known for world-class Standards that define pump nomenclature, definitions, application, operation and test procedures. Over 80% of pump tests performed are conducted based on standards created by the Institute. ANSI/HI Standards cover centrifugal, vertical, rotary, reciprocating, air operated, metering pumps and submersible pumps. All HI Standards are developed under national standards guidelines and are approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Standards Development Policies and Procedures are maintained by the Institute. HI uses the Canvass Method approval process with balanced representation of manufacturers, users and other interested parties.
A listing of our standards is currently available at the e-Store
As publisher of the HI Engineering Data Book, second edition, HI is an authoritative source of information on fluid handling data. A valuable companion to HI pump standards, the Engineering Data Book helps pump users solve problems in transferring and pumping fluids. It includes user-friendly tables, graphs, monograms and text on fluids, fluid flow, characteristics and piping material. Popular features of the book also include conversion tables, sample calculations and data on tanks, analytical approaches for slurries and extensive data on water flow friction loss for pipes of varying sizes.
If you are looking for a particular type of pump, seal, coupling, instrumentation, lubrication system, motor or other component parts, or seeking a pumping solution for a particular market you will want to check out the HI Supplier Finder in the About Pumps section of the Web site.
Here you can find original equipment manufacturers eight different ways: by products (codes, descriptions and general categories), market served, trade name, company name, pump manufacturer or supplier and location. You can refine your search by combining categories, narrowing your search to one, or just a few of the suppliers that can meet your needs. HI presents a corporate profile page on each participating member. HI web sponsors have direct links to their corporate web sites.
Working with the United States Department of Energy, HI developed an outstanding video-based education program on "Energy Reduction in Pumps and Pumping Systems." The program is designed to teach technical professionals, with a background in mechanical engineering, to reduce energy consumption in pumps and pumping systems seven different ways. It can be used for self-study, in small groups or as a day-long classroom instructional program. Included with the video are three student handbooks and answer books and an instructor guide. Sample problems are also included.
HI, in conjunction with EUROPUMP, has developed Pump Life Cycle Costs: A Guide to LCC Analysis for Pumping Systems to provide guidance to pump users, contractors and others on the benefits of LCC in selecting pumps and building pumping systems. The benefit of this approach is to minimize the long-term costs of operating pumps, taking into consideration all costs from the initial purchase, maintenance and lost production to downtime.
Energy Reduction Case Studies are available on the Pump Systems Matter Web site, as part of HI's Allied Partner Agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy. Case studies are instructive examples of how other pump users, from utilities, chemical processing plants, and others are employing energy reduction techniques to save from tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars annually in operating costs. In most cases, the initial cost of acquiring a pump can be rapidly recovered by applying energy reduction techniques.
Other Energy Reduction Resources
Go to the Energy Savings Section
Visit the Hydraulic Institute "e-Store" to find a number of useful books to learn about pumps or solve critical pumping systems problems. Books are also available on other related topics, such as seals, motors, couplings and intake design.
The Hydraulic Institute publishes PumpFAQs, or Frequently Asked Questions for the benefit of users. Information on this section of the site is gathered from the User Q&A Forum. Excerpts from PumpFAQs regularly appear in the Pump & Systems magazine.
Disclaimer: The Hydraulic Institute provides PumpFAQs simply as a service to pump users, engineering contractors and manufacturers, and is not liable for the information or opinions expressed therein. Opinions expressed on the site are strictly those of the author and not the Hydraulic Institute. Users should not rely on the information posted on this site by others, but should seek independent professional advice from experts.