Pumps Operation


Who should attend?

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

Level :Skilled

Prerequisite :
  • Provide evidence of a professional experience of at least 1 month related to the concerned field.

Course Content

  • PUMPING PREREQUISITES - Duration : 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 - Duration : 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 - Duration : 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 - Duration : 0.75 Day

      • Troubleshooting of most frequent problems (cavitation, priming situation, low flowrate…).
  • SAFETY IN OPERATION - Duration : 0.25 Day

      • 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.

Learning assessment

  • Written test upon training course completion.


Coordinator :IFP Training trainer (permanent or contracted) having a good expertise and/or experience of the related topics, trained to adult teaching methods, and whose competencies are kept up-to-date.

To French entities : IFP Training is referenced to DataDock ; you may contact your OPCO about potential funding. Please contact our disabled persons referent to check the accessibility of this training program : referent.handicap@ifptraining.com