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E-586 - Pumps Operation

E-586 - Pumps Operation

5 days
This course is not scheduled.
Who should attend?


    • Engineers and technicians involved in centrifugal and positive displacement pump operation or engineering.
    • Employees in charge of running and checking pumping system.


  • Proficiency
  • This course provides a better understanding of centrifugal and displacement volumetric pumps 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.
Course Content


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.


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.


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.


0.75 day

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


0.25 day

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