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Pumps, Compressors, Blowers and Fans

Comparing pumps, compressors, blowers and fans

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A generic definition of a pump is

"A machine or device for raising, compressing, or transferring fluids."

In practice - it is common to differentiate between

  • pumps
  • compressors
  • blowers
  • fans

as summarized below:

Pumps

  • A pump is a machine for raising a liquid - a relatively incompressible fluid - to a higher level of pressure or head

Compressors

  • A compressor is a machine for raising a gas - a compressible fluid - to a higher level of pressure

Blowers

  • A blower is a machine for moving volumes of a gas with moderate increase of pressure

Fans

  • A fan moves large amounts of gas with low increase in pressure
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