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Practical Pump Technology

Selection, Applications, Operation, Troubleshooting, and Maintenance


This seminar will provide a comprehensive understanding of the various types of reciprocating, rotary, and centrifugal pumps including piston pumps, plunger pumps, rotary pumps, screw pumps, two- and three-lobe pumps, cam pumps, vane pumps, bellows-type metering pumps, diaphragm pumps, canned motor pumps, and centrifugal pumps.  It will also focus on maximizing the efficiency, reliability, and longevity of this equipment by providing an understanding of the characteristics, selection criteria, common problems and repair techniques, preventive and predictive maintenance.

This seminar is a MUST for anyone who is involved in the selection, applications, or maintenance of reciprocating, rotary, and centrifugal pumps because it covers how this equipment operates, the latest maintenance techniques, and provides guidelines and rules that ensure the successful operation of this equipment. In addition, this seminar will cover in detail the basic design, operating characteristics, specification, selection criteria, advanced fault detection techniques, critical components and all preventive and predictive maintenance methods in order to increase reliability of the equipment and reduce the operation and maintenance cost. 

This seminar will provide the following information for all reciprocating, rotary, and centrifugal pumps:

  • Basic Design
  • Specification
  • Selection Criteria
  • Sizing Calculations
  • Enclosures and Sealing Arrangements
  • Codes and Standards
  • Common Operational Problems
  • All Diagnostics, Troubleshooting, Testing, and Maintenance

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers of all disciplines
  • Managers
  • Technicians
  • Maintenance personnel
  • Other technical individuals

What You Will Learn

  • Equipment Operation: Gain a thorough understanding of the operating characteristics of reciprocating, rotary, and centrifugal pumps
  • Equipment Diagnostics and Inspection: Learn in detail all the diagnostic techniques and inspections required of critical components of reciprocating, rotary, and centrifugal pumps
  • Equipment Testing: Understand thoroughly all the tests required for the various types of reciprocating, rotary, and centrifugal pumps
  • Equipment Maintenance and Troubleshooting: Determine all the  maintenance and troubleshooting activities required to minimize the downtime and operating cost of reciprocating, rotary, and centrifugal pumps
  • Equipment Sizing: Gain a detailed understanding of all the calculations and sizing techniques used for reciprocating, rotary, and centrifugal pumps
  • Equipment Commissioning: Understand all the commissioning requirements for reciprocating, rotary, and centrifugal pumps
  • Equipment Codes and Standards: Learn all the codes and standards applicable for reciprocating, rotary, and centrifugal pumps
  • Equipment Causes and Modes of Failure: Understand the causes and modes of failure of reciprocating, rotary, and centrifugal pumps

Training Methodology

The instructor relies on a highly interactive training method to enhance the learning process. This method ensures that all the delegates gain a complete understanding of all the topics covered. The training environment is highly stimulating, challenging, and effective because the participants will learn by case studies which will allow them to apply the material taught to their own organization.

Special Feature

Each participant will receive a copy of the following material written by the instructor:

  • Power Plant Equipment Operation and Maintenance Guide, published by McGraw-Hill (2012) (800 pages)
  • Practical Manual (200 pages)

Course Outline

Day 1 - registration/check-in will start at 8:00 a.m. with sessions to begin at 8:30 a.m. and adjourn at 4:00 p.m. Days 2-3 will commence at 8:30 a.m. and adjourn at 4:00 p.m. There will be 15 minute mid-morning and afternoon breaks. A light lunch is included from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m.

Day 1 - Pump Categories, and Centrifugal Pumps, Centrifugal Pump Mechanical Seals

  • Pump Categories: Dynamic (Centrifugal) and Positive Displacement (Reciprocating and Rotary)
  • Centrifugal Pumps: Operation, Casings and Diffusers, Hydrostatic Pressure Tests, Impellers, Hydraulic Balancing Devices, Mechanical Seals, Minimum Flow Requirement, Performance Characteristics, Cavitation, and Net positive Suction Head
  • Maintenance Recommended for Centrifugal Pumps
  • Centrifugal Pump Mechanical Seals, Basic Components, Seal balance, Face Pressure, Pressure-Velocity, Power Consumption, Temperature Control
  • Installation and Troubleshooting of Mechanical Seals

Day 2 - Positive Displacement Pumps, Troubleshooting of Pumps

  • Reciprocating Pumps, Piston Pumps, Plunger Pumps, Rotary Pumps, Screw Pumps, Two- and Three-Lobe Pumps
  • Pump Maintenance, Inspection, Overhaul, Diagnoses of Pump Troubles
  • Troubleshooting of Centrifugal Pumps
  • Troubleshooting of Rotary Pumps
  • Troubleshooting of Reciprocating Pumps

Day 3 - Pump Selection

  • Pump Selection
  • Pumping System Calculations
  • Workshop: Design and selection of Different Pumping Systems for the Oil and Gas Industry, and the Power Generation Industry
  • Diagnostics of Pumping Systems