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The spiral-shaped casing of a pump of increasing size that collects the liquid discharged by the impeller.

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HYDROMETER

An instrument for determining either the specific gravity of a liquid or the API gravity.

ABSORPTION

The assimilation of one material into another; in petroleum refining, the use of an absorptive liquid to selectively remove components from a process stream.

AERATION

The state of air being suspended in a liquid such as a lubricant or hydraulic fluid.

CASE DRAIN FILTER

A filter located in a line conducting fluid from a pump or motor housing to reservoir.

FIRE POINT

The temperature to which a combustible liquid must be heated so that the released vapor will burn continuously when ignited under specified conditions (Clevelend Open Cup).

BARREL

A unit of liquid volume of petroleum oils equal to 42 U.S. gallons or approximately 35 Imperial gallons.

FLUID

A substance readily assuming the shape of the container in which it is placed; e.g. oil, gas, water or mixtures of these. A general classification including liquids and gases.

BYPASS FILTRATION

A system of filtration in which only a portion of the total flow of a circulating fluid system passes through a filter at any instant or in which a filter having its own circulating pump operates in parallel to the main flow.

SEA CHEST

An opening for supplying seawater to condensers, pumps, etc. located in the hull below the waterline and having means for the attachment of the associated piping

PUMP

A device which converts mechanical force and motion into hydraulic fluid power.
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