Batescrew Turbine Pumps


Batescrew turbines are of conventional 'mixed flow turbine' design, in which energy is imparted to the flow by impellers utilizing the dual components of centrifugal force and vane reaction, an efficient arrangement for pumping at medium to high heads.

Delivery pressure is increased by adding multiple impeller stages to a pump, with each extra stage proportionately increasing pressure output and power consumption.
Adding impeller stages does not increase flow rate.
The maximum pressure achievable depends on the number of stages which may be safely added to each pump model.
The maximum number of stages (therefore maximum pressure) is stated on the data sheet 'Impeller Performance Curve'  for each pump model.   See...  Performance Curves

Capacity of pumps in the Batescrew Turbine range varies from
5 litres/second to 1600 litres/second.
The output of any pump may be varied, within limits, by changing rotational speed, in which case impeller performance curves should be consulted to ensure performance will remain within an acceptable efficiency range.
See...      Performance Curves

These pumps may be used vertically, as bore pumps, or in angle applications on river banks and storage dams.
See...      Vertical Application    Angle Application

For illustrations of various electric and diesel drives:
See...      Drives Vertical     Drives Angle

These pumps are generally line shaft driven, with bearings lubricated either by 1) Water; 2) Oil; or 3) Fresh Water Flush.

1)  OIL LUBRICATION extends bearing life and is used when grit or suspended solids are to be pumped.
Lubricant is a bio-degradable vegetable oil, drip-fed to an enclosed shaft running in bronze bearings.  The enclosing lube-tube is galvanized externally and internally to protect lubricant from contamination by products of condensate corrosion.  Adjustable drip feeders are fitted as standard.  Solenoid drippers are used with automatic-start systems to enable lubrication to begin fifteen minutes before pump start.

2)  WATER LUBRICATION is an option if the supply is sand-free potable water.  The pumped medium lubricates an exposed stainless steel line shaft, running in EPDM rubber bearings.  (Batescrew petrol pumps use a similarly product-lubricated system with synthetic bearings.)

     (Fresh Water Flush)
This Batescrew developed system prevents contamination of natural waterways by  lubricating oil, even though this oil may be bio-degradable.
When water quality is unsuitable for lubrication and would normally dictate use of oil, the alternative of Fresh Water Flush provides clean lubricating water to stainless shafts running in EPDM rubber bearings, all enclosed in a sealed lube-tube.
Two variations are in use:
a)  When the pumped water is non-aggressive, but contains suspended solids, filtered water is fed from the pump discharge to the line shaft bearings.
b)  When the pumped water is highly acidic, alkaline, or otherwise aggressive, clean fresh lubricating water is supplied from an independent reservoir. 
In both cases, provision is made for lubricating water to be available at the bearings before the pump is started.

Spacing between line shaft bearings on Batescrew pumps is restricted to a maximum of 1.22 metres.
Close bearing spacing ensures design stress of drive shafts is in compliance with 'Fixed Fire Pump Standard AS2941'.
As a result, our pumps may have more line shaft bearings than are found in pumps from other manufacturers.