Pump systems (v)

Examine factors for consideration when designing a complete pump system

7 hours

Members: £350 + VAT
Non-members: £400 + VAT

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Pump systems (v)


£350.00 Plus vat
Non Members:
£400.00 Plus vat


Examine factors for consideration when designing a complete pump system

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. 

Delivery format

This course will be delivered using interactive virtual classroom technology. It comprises of two virtual classes (VCs) of 3.5 hours each.

Who should attend?

Those looking to enhance their knowledge and gain a fuller understanding of the factors that need to be considered in the design of pump systems.  
It is recommended that you take 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 pumpsDescribe a
  • “System Curve” and how it is derived
  • determine performance in multiple pump operations
  • The difference and relationship between NPSH, (NPSH)R and (NPSH)
  • Recognise the problems that can be associated with poor design
Contributes 7 CPD hours

Key topics

Fluid Flow Fundamentals
The Energy Equation
Flow Regimes
Pressure Losses
Determination of a System Head
Friction Head in fittings
Loss Co-efficient 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.
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 (v).

  • 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:
    7 hours
  • CPD Hours:
  • UK-Spec:
    E, B

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