Shaft and Bearing Materials Increasing Pump Efficiency


At Morgan Advanced Materials our purpose is to use advanced materials to help make more efficient use of the world’s resources and to improve the quality of life. The Morgan Seals & Bearings’ portfolio of materials can be used to increase efficiency by reducing friction and wear in the pump.

Reduce Friction to increase Pump Efficiency

Reliable and energy efficient pumping systems will continue to be an integral part of a sustainable and green future across the industrial and processing markets. Reducing friction allows pumps to run more smoothly leading to less energy consumption by both the pump itself and associated cooling systems. Using our material expertise to select the optimal material combination, Morgan can help pump manufacturers and their end users to control friction and wear, resulting in reduced energy consumption throughout the usable lifetime of the product.

Morgan Pump Component Materials that Reduce Friction

Technical ceramics such as Alumina and Silicon Carbide have distinct advantages over traditional materials such as steel to enhance the operational efficiency of pumps. Not only can they be formulated and fired into components that are exceptionally resistant to wear and corrosion, but they can also be manufactured in a variety of precision geometries with tight tolerances resulting in greater efficiency for the pump.

Carbon-based materials have self-lubricating capabilities and can run against other materials without failing.  Carbon/graphite components have a low coefficient of friction, 0.08 – 0.15 for non-lubricated applications and even less for submerged applications.  This capability results in less frictional heat being generated during operation, further increasing the efficiency of the pump overall. These capabilities eliminate the need for secondary lubrication, making them ideal for applications where lubrication is not permitted, either because of contamination concerns or elevated temperatures.

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Emily Hassett

Morgan Advanced Materials,