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Centrifugal Pump Fundamentals

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Centrifugal Pump Fundamentals

November 6, 2018 @ 8:00 am - November 9, 2018 @ 5:00 pm


This course provides the student with a thorough understanding of centrifugal pump design, function and operation. Common process control and performance measurement methods are reviewed, and the necessary calculations associated with pumping systems are executed and explained.

Centrifugal pump issues are discussed in the classroom and then reinforced in the laboratories using actual pumps equipped with instruments that indicate flow, pressure and power consumption as the pumps are operated by the students themselves. 65% classroom, 35% laboratory.

Specific topics include:

  • Pump components and nomenclature.
  • PD pumps vs. Centrifugal pumps.
  • Centrifugal pump types.
  • System hydraulics
  • Centrifugal pump curves.
  • Affinity Laws.
  • NPSH and types of cavitation.
  • Viscosity impact on performance.
  • Power
  • Specific Speed
  • Suction specific speed.


Engineers; rotating equipment specialists; individuals involved in pump sales and service, and experienced plant maintenance and operational personnel that have a desire to improve their understanding of centrifugal pumps and their proper operation.


November 6, 2018 @ 8:00 am
November 9, 2018 @ 5:00 pm


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Desio, Italy