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Progressive cavity pump

A progressive cavity pump pumps fluid by means of a cavity which progresses along the body of the pump. As the cavity moves, fluid is sucked in to fill the cavity, further rotation of the pump causes the fluid to flow and be delivered from the pump.

The rotor of the pump is a steel helix which has been coated in a smooth hard surface, normally chromium. The rotor fits inside a pump body or stator which normally is a rubber lined steel tube. The rubber core of the stator has a helical cavity, the wavelength of each helix in the rotor is exactly half that of the rotor. Rotation of the rotor inside the stator causes the cavity to progress along the pump thus inucing fluyid flow.

Whilst progressive cavity pumps offer long life and reliable service, abrasive fluids will significantly shorten the life of the stator. The interface between rotor and stator is lubricated by the fluid being pumped, however if the pump is allowed to 'run dry' rapid deteriotation of the stator results.

Typical applications

  • Small sewage pumps
  • Sewage sludge pumps
  • Slurry pumping


Pumps of this type are often known as Mono pumps, after one of the major manufacturers - Mono Pumps (http://www.mono-pumps.com/web/mono/monohome.nsf)

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