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CEP: Process Safety Beacon - Can a Water Pump Explode?


The answer must be yes, or we would not have a Beacon on this subject. The centrifugal pumps in the pictures are all water pumps that exploded. The explosions did not occur because of any contamination or chemical reaction with something that was not supposed to be in the pump. In fact, explosions like this have happened with very pure water in boiler feedwater pumps, condensate pumps, and deionized water pumps.


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