Understanding I dont have a strong enough pump to make Bio in the quantities I need with a good conversion rate I am looking to get a new stronger pump. I will be making about 200 liter batches.
What should I be looking for specification wise? I read in Murphy's machines web page I probably need a 1HP pump.
The higher the RPM the better?
Does it have be a centrifugal pump with an impeller?
Self priming have the same effect of non self priming?
I was looking at a gear pump which has a built in heater which would be nice.
I might have a bigger processor one day...
Any thing else to consider before I get one?
There's your answer! The HVI-5 would work fine.. get the HVI-10 if you ever plan on going bigger.
Sort of but not exactly. What you want is a lot of shearing (Sheering?).. Our pumps run in the 3600 RPM range which is pretty standard. I selected the impeller in our pump design for its high slippage (shearing).. this makes for far superior mixing.
The short and simple answer is yes. Other pumps could be made to work but not as easily or efficiently as a centrifugal.
As far as mixing is concerned, yes.. but most centrifugal self priming pumps are not true self-priming.. they need an initial prime to get going.. and that's the problem.. there's always liquid left in the pump housing... Its not a catastrophic thing but its preferred to have a system that drains completely.
I wouldn't recommend a gear pump.
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Thanks for the detailed answer. Unfortunately I am not in North America. I need to find something suitable locally ...
In that case the forum at http://www.biopowered.co.uk/forum/index.php will probably be more useful.
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