What are Slurry Pumps and how are They Used in South Africa?
To understand slurry pumps and their use in South Africa, you must first understand slurry. What is slurry? Simply put, slurry is a combination of mixture of a solid and a liquid. The solids that you will find in slurry can really be anything, ranging from gold to stone, copper to coal, or even sand. The solid can be in a hard form, froth or similar. To transport these solids, a slurry pump and pipeline must be used to transport slurry in the mining industry.
Typically speaking, slurry pumps are very big pumps and their wear parts are replaceable. When compared to a water pump, the average slurry pump is considered to be massive. Because slurry in the mining industry is quite abrasive, the pumps need to be constructed big and strong. The size and concentration of the slurry solids mean that the pump shafts and bearings need to be quite big, which contributes to the overall size of the pump.
When it comes to flow limitations, each slurry pump is different and the results will vary depending on a number of affecting factors, such as pressure, vibration, axial thrust and just how stable the pump is at various flows. Most flow limitations for slurry pumps used in the mining industry in South Africa range from 35 to 132 000gpm which is 8 to 30 000m³ coverage.
Of course, as with any pumps, the size of the solids being transported must be limited in order to avoid potential blockage within the pump or pipeline. Typically speaking, slurry pumps won’t normally pump or transport objects with a diameter of more than 300mm, but in larger dredge pumps you can often find objects of around 450mm being successfully pumped.
When shopping around for slurry pumps in South Africa, your very first port of call should be at Tribix. We are suppliers to the mining industry across Africa and we specialise in many products, including various types of pumps. We offer procurement services to our clients within the mining industry and can provide slurry pumps and other pumps to gold mines, diamond mines, cobalt and gemstone mines, as well as various refineries. Our services and products are currently available for both open cast and deep shaft mines, and when chatting to our consultants about your needs and requirements, you can expect a friendly, professional and knowledgeable service.
In addition to our slurry pump procurement services, we also present various other products to our clients, such as Warman replacement pumps and parts, tyres, plant spares and equipment, dewatering equipment, process and plant supplies, health and safety gear and supplies, electrical consumables, general tools and power tools, conveyor systems, welding equipment, hydraulic and pneumatic equipment, stationery, IT consumables and communication systems.
To learn more about the slurry pumps that we can supply you with in South Africa, take the time to get in touch with us at Tribix. We are available via email or telephone to discuss your various pump and mining supply needs and requirements today.