# [Equest-users] request concerning pump power curves for eQuest

Nick Caton ncaton at smithboucher.com
Mon Jan 14 12:13:29 PST 2013

```Hi Shawn,

Yes... and yes!

This curve, which can be read as "Pump Power as a function of Flow" uses the hourly flow (expressed as a fraction of 100% design flow) to return a "normalized" (dimensionless) factor that is multiplied against the design power consumption (kW) input for the pump to determine the hourly power consumption.   For the numbers you've provided, the curve describes input power draw approaching 37% of full load as GPM approaches zero.

For a study focused on pump curve differences, note the design power consumption ("PUMP-KW") is itself an optional input, and if not provided will be figured by eQuest from the various head/flow/efficiency inputs.  Could save you some time to be sure that's set as intended.

If you have the time, would be curious to learn what you're demonstrating specifically - maybe something we could all learn from =)?

Regards,

~Nick

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From: equest-users-bounces at lists.onebuilding.org [mailto:equest-users-bounces at lists.onebuilding.org] On Behalf Of Wilson, Shawn
Sent: Monday, January 14, 2013 12:32 PM
To: equest-users at lists.onebuilding.org
Subject: [Equest-users] request concerning pump power curves for eQuest

I am trying to review a proposed modification to the pump power curve in an eQuest model of a variable flow chilled water system. Please explain how the pump power curve works (PUMP-POWER-fFLOW). The quadratic equation appears to give a dimensionless factor between 0.37 and 1.0 for a range of inputs between 0 and 1.0... Is this factor applied against an internal theoretical power calculation to account for the pump/motor efficiency changes at part load?
Shawn
Shawn Wilson, PE  LEED AP
Regional Application Consultant, South
BELIMO Americas
(479) 236-6112
shawn.wilson at us.belimo.com<mailto:shawn.wilson at us.belimo.com>
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