Pumps OperationPROP/PUMPOPGB

Who should attend?

  • This course provides a better understanding of centrifugal and displacement volumetric pumps technology and operating principles.
Audience :
  • Engineers and technicians involved in centrifugal and positive displacement pump operation or engineering.
  • Employees in charge of running and checking pumping system.

Level : Proficiency

Course Content

  • PUMPING PREREQUISITES

      • 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

      • 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

      • 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

      • Troubleshooting of most frequent problems (cavitation, priming situation, low flowrate…).
  • SAFETY IN OPERATION

      • Leaks, vibrations, feed, overcharge…
      • Analysis of industrial incidents and accidents.

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.

Ways & Means

  • Functional approach for a better understanding.
  • Numerous examples and cases studies from the Oil & Gas production industry and analysis of manufacturer file.