Pump testing

Understand how correct pump testing techniques can be used as part of a holistic pump system approach.

1 day

Members: £395 + VAT
Non-members: £445 + VAT

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Pump testing


£395.00 Plus vat
Non Members:
£445.00 Plus vat


Understand how correct pump testing techniques can be used as part of a holistic pump system approach.

Designed to enhance knowledge and skills associated with all element of pump performance testing, and how to assess a pump against the international standards in various industries.

This course considers the implications of the method of testing (either conventional or thermodynamic) and the standard test rigs that manufacturers' may use. It also expands on the implications of various types of measurement instruments, how they should be installed, their limitation and how, if they are not utilised correctly, how they may impact on the quality of the data collected and the overall impact on the overall uncertainty of the results.  

Finally, the course looks at the various national and international standards that are enforce for performance testing and to ensure that the professional engineer has the skills to assess the performance of the unit.  The day's learning is reinforced with a series of group sessions and worked example.

Prior attendance of Pumping Fundamentals or a good understanding of pump basis is a pre-requisite for this course

Who should attend?

Anyone involved in supplying, maintaining or overseeing pumps and systems as part of their operational function and for commissioning and accepting new or rehabilitated pumping plant.

How will I benefit?

  • State the range of pump performance indicators likely to be tested
  • Describe the range of common test methods used for each
    performance criteria
  • Describe the standard procedures accepted for testing pump performance
  • Describe the critical factors of NPSH required testing
  • Understand how the pump efficiency can be derived from the temperature difference measure across a pump
  • State the standards applicable to verification of the guarantee
Contributes 7 CPD hours

Key topics

  • Testing rotodynamic pumps and the standard performance rigs that are used to undertake the assessment
  • Test methods 
  • Cavitation and NPSH 
  • The thermodynamic method
  • Measurement inaccuracy
  • Instrument accuracy
  • Practical testing points
  • Verification of the guarantee & reporting

Mapped against UK- SPEC competencies: B, E and A

  1. Design and development of processes, systems, services and products - For Chartered Engineers: ‘Apply appropriate theoretical and practical methods to the analysis and solution of mechanical engineering problems’ For Incorporated Engineers ‘Apply appropriate theoretical and practical methods to design, develop, manufacture, construct commission, operate, maintain, decommission and re-cycle mechanical engineering processes, systems, services and products’
  2. Professional commitment - For Incorporated and Chartered Engineers: ‘Demonstrate a personal commitment to professional standards, recognising obligations to society, the profession and the environment’
  3. Knowledge and understanding - For Chartered Engineers: ‘Use a combination of general and specialist engineering knowledge and understanding to optimize the application of existing and emerging technology’ For Incorporated Engineers: ‘Use a combination of general and specialist mechanical engineering knowledge and understanding to apply existing and emerging technology’

Meet our trainers

These trainers regularly teach Pump testing.

  • Alex Yates Imeche

    Alex Yates

    Alex has been the principle presenter of the BPMA Certified Pump Systems auditor (CPSA) initiative for a number of years Alex has worked in the field of roto-dynamic performance assessments for the last 30 years. Over this time, he has assessed pumps, blowers and hydro turbines throughout the world. He specialises in the assessment of the pump performance and the interaction of multiple unit operations both for series and parallel systems.

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  • Duration:
    1 day
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  • UK-Spec:
    B, E, A

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