Submersible turbine pumps (STPs) are used to safely pump fuel from an underground storage tank to a fuel dispenser at a fueling station. Extending the life of a pump is in the interest of all facility owners/operators, as this will reduce replacement costs for pump components, promote continued system operations, and ensure optimum fuel quality. FE Petro components from Franklin Fueling Systems can help extend the life of submersible turbine pumps.
Extending the Life of Submersible Turbine Pumps with FE Petro
Debris in a tank can accumulate over time in an STP, causing components to fail. “The use of an FE Petro branded Intake Filter Screen (IFS) can stop debris from entering the pumping system without reducing the output performance for the STP.” This filter can be installed at the factory before the unit is put into operation or can be retrofitted onto existing systems. FE Petro filters can filter particles as small as a grain of sand.
Dry Run Detection
The moving parts in an STP are in the pump motor assembly (PMA). This assembly is cooled and lubricated as the product is pumped over it. If the PMA is running with no product, known as a dry run, it can cause critical damage to the assembly. “FE Petro branded Smart Controllers and Variable Frequency Controller provide valuable ‘dry run’ detection to protect your PMA.”
Compatibility with Biofuels
Biofuels are becoming more and more popular. STPs need to be compatible with both ethanol and biodiesel fuels in order to account for the growth of these fuels. FE Petro branded components are compatible with “gasoline with up to 85% ethanol, with diesel fuels with up to 20% biodiesel, and 100% biodiesel.” Plus, “replacement items like check valves and PMAs are directly interchangeable, eliminating the need to stock duplicate items for standard and Alcohol-Gas optioned STPs and ISTs.”
Advanced Protection from FE Petro can be factory installed and protects STPs from corrosion that can be caused by the byproducts of microbial activity in a storage tank.