Free release fire pumps are standard pumps used as fire pumps. These standard pumps are not made for fire pump application, which can cause poor functionality in a sprinkler-pump application due to risk of clogging and instabilities in system pressure.
Standard Pumps (DIN or ISO) are used for many different applications, but not as fire pumps for sprinkler systems. This is due to the material specification, design and performance, that do not meet the requirements for a fire pump and standard pumps should therefore never be used as fire sprinkler pumps.
Grundfos supplies standard pumps as free release fire pumps for water supply for industrial and commercial fire protection.
Following differences typically describe the differences between a Standard pump and a ‘Listed’/’according to’ fire pump:
||Listed fire pump
|Internal pump parts
|Pump curve fluctuation
|Max permissible flow
||At NPSH = 5 mtr*
||Dep. of NPSH
||At NPSH= 16 mtr**||Overloading|
||ID at nameplate
*Depends on the Fire Pump Standard – but typically between 4,5 to 5,5 mtr.
** Depends on the fire pump standard – but typically at NPSH=16 mtr. or at max point on power curve