Engineering essentials

Pump systems

The course examines the factors that have to be considered in the design of pump systems. Using presentations and exercises the course takes a practical approach to what is a complex subject.

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Pump systems
£350.00 Plus vat
Non Members:
£400.00 Plus vat


The course examines the factors that have to be considered in the design of pump systems. Using presentations and exercises the course takes a practical approach to what is a complex subject.

This one day course has been designed to enable individuals working with Pumping Systems to enhance their knowledge regarding the interaction of all of the components within a successfully designed system. Examines fluid flow principles, flow regimes and evaluates good and bad practices. 

Who should attend?

Individuals who are looking to enhance their knowledge and gain a fuller understanding of the factors that need to be considered in the design of pump systems.  We recommend students take or have taken the pumping fundamentals course for a basic understanding before attending this course.

How will I benefit?

After the course you will be able to:

  • Understand what is meant by System, Static, Velocity and Friction heads
  • Understand the special considerations of unsteady flow conditions relating to positive displacement pumps
  • Describe a “System Curve” and how it is derived
  • To determine performance in multiple pump operations
  • The difference and relationship between NPSH, (NPSH)R and (NPSH)A
  • Recognise the problems that can be associated with poor design
Contributes 7 CPD hours

Key topics

Fluid Flow Fundamentals

  • The Energy Equation
  • Continuity
  • Flow Regimes
  • Pressure Losses
  • Turbulence.

Determination of a System Head

  • Friction Head in fittings
  • Loss Co-efficients and use
  • Acceleration Head

Interaction of Pump and Systems

  • System Curves
  • Pump Performance Curves
  • Variable Speed

Pump operating Limitations

  • Partial Flow
  • Pump & System inlet conditions Pumps.
  • Cavitation
  • Net Positive Suction Head

System Design

  • Managing Flow
  • Pipework fitting & Design
  • Sump Design.

System Operation

  • Key considerations
  • Pump Flow Control
  • Discharge valve use.
  • Starting & Stopping
  • Whole life costing

Mapped against UK- SPEC competencies: E and B

  1. Professional commitment - For Incorporated and Chartered Engineers: ‘Demonstrate a personal commitment to professional standards, recognising obligations to society, the profession and the environment’
  2. 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’

Meet our trainers

These trainers regularly teach Pump systems.

  • 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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At a glance

  • Duration:
    1 day
  • Location:
    London, Sheffield
  • CPD Hours:
  • UK-Spec:
    E, B

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Available dates for Pump systems

1 day course

12 Feb 2020
29 Apr 2020 10% discount available until 29 February
03 Jun 2020 10% discount available until 3 April
06 Oct 2020 10% discount available until 6 August

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