Pump fundamentals

Gain the knowledge and understanding that will underpin your work with pumps

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Pump fundamentals
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£445.00 £400.50 Plus vat


Gain the knowledge and understanding that will underpin your work with pumps

The initial part of the course is aimed at establishing an understanding of the fundamentals of pumps, how they work, their performance characteristics and the influence of key design parameters and liquid properties on pump behaviour. 

The second part of the course is intended to build upon the basic fundamentals of pumps and pump performance and establish an understanding of pump operating conditions.

Who should attend?

Those with a general engineering or commercial background, or anyone who works within the industry and is looking for a good grounding and understanding of the basic principles of pump technology.

How will I benefit?

After the course you will be able to:

  • Contribute to the pump selection process through improved knowledge of the hydraulic performance and behaviour of pumps and their operating limitations
  • Understand pumping system characteristics and the interaction of pumps and systems for single and multiple pump installations
  • Recognise operating conditions which cause pump and system operating problems
Contributes 7 CPD hours

Key topics

1. Pumps as machines

  • General
  • Rotodynamic pumps
  • Positive displacement pumps

2. Liquid properties & definitions

3. Pumping terminology & definitions

  • Fluid flow basic concepts
  • Flow continuity
  • The energy equation
  • Pressure losses in pipes

4. The flow regime – laminar and turbulent flow

  • The system performance
  • The hydraulic gradient
  • The system curve

5. Pump performance curves

  • Rotodynamic pumps
  • Positive displacement pumps.

6. Matching the pump and the system

  • Pump systems
  • Pump selection considerations
  • Multiple pump systems

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 fundamentals .

  • 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:
    Virtual classroom, London
  • CPD Hours:
  • UK-Spec:
    E, B

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1 day course

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07 Oct 2024 10% discount available until 7 August
25 Nov 2024 10% discount available until 25 September

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