Flow Conditioners Enhance Pump Life

June 20, 2020

Vortab Flow Conditioners deliver a uniform, swirl-free flow profile to the pump inlet in as little as six pipe diameters to correct flow disturbances and to mimic adequate pipe straight run and produce a highly repeatable, symmetrical flow profile. The use of the Flow Conditioners eliminates extra pipe cost and technician labor for additional lengths of pipe straight-run and/or moving equipment around to accommodate new pumps.


Swirl reduction and velocity profile correction occur naturally in long lengths of straight pipe due to diffusion, friction, and turbulent mixing. The Flow Conditioner’s anti-swirl and inclined vortex generating profile correction tabs, projecting from the inside pipe surface, generate vortices that accelerate these natural pipe effects to create a uniform, non-swirling, symmetrical flow profile in a much shorter section of pipe. 


The simple, flexible designs of the Vortab Elbow (Model VEL) and the Vortab Insertion Sleeve (Model VIS) configurations provide a cost-effective, easy to install solution that supports proper pump installation. They can be made from carbon steel, 316L stainless steel or Hastelloy C-276, and in almost any pipe size. A variety of process connections are also available—ANSI flanges, male NPT threads, butt welded preps or retaining wafers.