There are no standards or generally approved formulas for designing or analyzing mud-pump suction systems such as already worked out for centrifugal pumps. This paper analyzes pump-suction and suction-piping characteristics showing responsibility areas of users and manufacturers. Empirical formulas and verifying test procedures are explained. This material should be used as a basis for preparation of standards on pump suction systems as used in the oil field. It will reduce pumping troubles and costs and permit increased pump output.

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