Seminar Overview

This two-day Pumps and Pump Systems: Specifications, Installation & Operation course emphasizes centrifugal pumps and the systems that run them. The course is geared toward maintenance technicians with responsibility for pump specification, installation, and operating efficiency at their facility. This course begins with basic pump functions and features so that students can learn how to properly specify a pump for a given system, followed by pump selection, proper system design, pump installation, Students move on to how to select the right pump, then proper system design, and pump installation, maintenance, failure analysis, and condition monitoring.

Pump Classification

  • Positive Displacement Pumps
  • Dynamic Pumps

Basic Hydraulic & Pump Concepts & Definitions

  • Defining Pressure
  • Head
  • Specific Gravity
  • Why Head Instead of Pressure?

How Centrifugal Pumps Work

  • How Centrifugal Pumps Induce Flow

Net Positive Suction Head (NPSH)

  • NPSHR vs. NPSHA
  • Pump Cavitation
  • NPSH Margin

Horsepower & Efficiency

  • Losses
  • Calculating Efficiency
  • Effects of Viscosity

Reading Pump Curves

  • Single Line Curves
  • Multiple Trim Curves
  • Multiple Speed Curves
  • Affinity Laws

Pump System Curves

  • Calculating System Heads
  • Where The Pump Will Operate
  • Series and Parallel Pumping Systems
  • Changes in the System Curve
  • Determining a Pump’s Operating Point

Effect of Pump Operation on Mechanical Reliability

  • Axial & Radial Loads
  • Shaft Deflection
  • Seal & Bearing Life
  • Start Up and Commissioning Procedures
  • Minimum Flow Restrictions

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Upon completion of this seminar, the student will receive a certification of completion with 8 classroom hours (.8  Trainco CEUs) per day attended. Visit our continuing education units page to determine if this class is accepted by your state licensing agency.

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Optional ATMT® Certification Exam

An ATMT® certification exam is available for this course and students may order it at any time after the training is over. Please visit the ATMT® Testing and Certification page for more information.