There are several topics that should be considered before selecting and specifying a diesel fuel transfer pump. The basic points are sufficient flow rate, electrical power requirements, and suitable environmental protection. But what about system pressure regulation, control requirements, alarm monitoring and failure detection? Read on for a step-by-step on how to properly select and specify a fuel transfer pump.
Keeping up with emergency generators and their ever-changing engine technologies can be quite daunting. Add all of the ancillary systems and code requirements, and a seemingly simple project can quickly take a life of its own. The good news is that you do not have to go at it alone! Here are two simple steps that can help you move quickly from concept to construction drawings.
Selecting a fuel tank for an underground installation will probably have you looking at either an all-fiberglass tank, or a carbon steel tank. If you like the strength and durability of steel, there are several choices that can provide the necessary leak monitoring and leak containment, as well as the corrosion-protection so critical to these installations. Here are your choices for the best steel tank designs offered by the Steel Tank Institute and its licensed fabricators.
The 2016 Edition of NFPA-20, the Standard for the Installation of Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection adds new requirements to ensure that good quality fuel is available to diesel engine-driven fire pumps. It may be a while before your State adopts the latest Edition of the Standard, but if you design or specify diesel engine-driven fire pump systems, it may be worthwhile to familiarize yourself with these updates.