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E-585 - Pumps Operation

5 days MAT/PUMPOPGB
Level
Proficiency
Audience
  • Engineers and technicians involved in centrifugal and positive displacement pump operation or engineering.
  • Employees in charge of running and checking pumping system.
Purpose
  • This course provides a better understanding of centrifugal and displacement volumetric pump technology and operating principles.
Learning Objectives
  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • describe the behavior and the operation of pumps,
  • analyze the technical solutions applied in their units,
  • establish a diagnosis of the incidents, and participate in the troubleshooting meetings,
  • identify essential elements in pump selection.
Prerequisite
  • No prerequisites for this course.
Ways and means
  • Functional approach for a better understanding.
  • Numerous examples and cases studies from the Oil & Gas production industry and analysis of manufacturer file.

PUMPING PREREQUISITES 0.5 day
  • Pump performance:
  • Hydraulic pumping fundamentals.
  • Pressure, flowrate, specific gravity, friction losses, centrifugal force, height/pressure relation, mechanic and hydraulic power, vapor pressure curve, energy conservation.
  • Pump choice and typical upstream implementations.
TECHNOLOGY & PERFORMANCE 2 days
  • Centrifugal pumps
  • Functional approach:
  • Study step by step of the main functions.
  • Process: impeller, wear rings, balancing, pump body shape, …
  • Sealing: mechanical sealing, typical arrangements (single, dual, dry seal). Selection according API 382 standard, materials, type. Friction face heating.
  • Support: axial and radial, thrust and journal bearings.
  • Lubrication: oil and grease, …
  • Monitoring: rotor displacement, vibrations, temperature, pressure, …
  • Building step by step a monocellular centrifugal pump.
  • Volumetric pumps:
  • Different types of pumps: rotary and reciprocating pumps.
  • Operating principle and utilization of the different types of pumps.
  • Influence of clearance, internal leaks, nature of product on flow rate and pressure.
  • Flow rate control.
  • Installation guidelines: position of tanks, line diameters, metering drums, pulsation dampeners, pressure valves.
  • Particular choices:
  • Coupling and driven machines.
  • ATEX: material consequences.
OPERATION & MONITORING 1.5 days
  • Preparation: filling, draining; spare pumps: heating, ancillaries.
  • Start-up/shutdown: priming, controls, hammer shock, risks for process and pump.
  • Surveillance: parameters (vibration levels, noises, bearing housing temperature, motor intensity, pressures); impact of stream parameters; hazards.
  • Parallel and series operations: risks, dysfunction.
TROUBLESHOOTING 0.75 day
  • Troubleshooting of most frequent problems (cavitation, priming situation, low flowrate, …).
SAFETY IN OPERATION 0.25 day
  • Leaks, vibrations, feed, overcharge, …
  • Analysis of industrial incidents and accidents.