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Molten Salt Test Loop Pump Installed

 

The pump was delivered and installed in the Molten Salt Test Loop (MSTL) system at Sandia National Laboratories’ National Solar Thermal Test Facility (NSTTF). MSTL is designed to allow customers and internal researchers to test Concentrating Solar Power components and subsystems with nitrate salts flowing at realistic pressure, temperature, and flow rates. The pump, a 9-stage, stainless steel, vertical turbine pump manufactured by Flowserve, is driven by a variable frequency drive that will allow a broad range of flow and pressure conditions in the experimental test loops. The MSTL system is design to provide salt up to 400gpm, 585C, and 600psi to the 3 parallel test loops where experiments can be installed. For information about testing at MSTL, please contact David Gill (ddgill@sandia.gov).

The 9-State, vertical turbine pump A worker tightens the final bolts securing the pump is lowered into the Molten Salt Test motor to the thrust bearing and verticle turbine pump Loop at Sandia National Laboratories

A worker tightens the final bolts securing the pump is lowered into the Molten Salt Test motor to the thrust bearing and verticle turbine pump Loop at Sandia National Laboratories just after installation in the in the Molten Salt Test Loop at Sandia National Laboratories

 

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