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An electrically driven pump operating at steady state draws water from a pond at a pressure of 1 bar and a rate of 50 kg/s and delivers the water at a pressure of 4 bar. There is no significant heat transfer with the surroundings, and changes in kinetic and potential energy can be neglected. The isentropic pump efficiency is 75%. Evaluating electricity at 8.5 cents per $k W \cdot h,$ estimate the hourly cost of running the pump.

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VerifiedWe are given following data for electrically driven pump:

$P_1=1\text{ bar}$

$P_2=4\text{ bar}$

$\dot m=50\frac{\text{ kg}}{\text{ s}}$

$\eta=0.75$

From saturated water table A-3 corresponding to $P_1=1\text{ bar}$ we can fin specific volume:

$\nu_1=\nu_f=1.0432\frac{\text{ m}^3}{\text{ kg}}$

Calculating power required to drive a pump:

$\begin{align*} \dot W&=\dfrac{\dot m\cdot \nu_2\cdot (P_1-P_2)}{\eta}=\dfrac{50\cdot 1.0432\cdot (400-100)}{0.75}\\\\ &=20.86\text{ kW} \end{align*}$

Evaluating electricity is $8.5\frac{\text{ cents}}{\text{ kW h}}$. Calculating the cost in cents:

$cost=20.86\text{ kW}\cdot 1\text{ h}\cdot 8.5\frac{\text{ cent}}{\text{ kW h}}=\boxed{177\text{ cent}}$

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