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Pump system design – the fundamentals

22 September, 2016

As part of its programme of ‘Pump Fundamentals’ training courses, the British Pump Manufacturers Association (BPMA) now offers a one-day course dealing with the subject of Pump Systems.

The course examines the factors that have to be considered when designing a Pump Systems, and using a combination of presentations and exercises the course takes a practical approach to what is a complex subject.

The aim is to enable individuals to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the key aspects which have to be taken into account when developing the most effective and energy efficient pump installation.

Course contents

Common types of pump systems:

• The energy equation.

• Continuity.

• Flow regimes.

• Origins of pressure losses.

• Turbulence.

• Pressure losses.

Determination of system head:

• Friction head in fittings.

• An example of the use of loss co-efficients.

• Special considerations for positive displacement pumps.

• Acceleration head.

Interaction of pump and systems:

• System curves.

• Allowing for system head estimation errors.

• Pump performance curves.

• Centrifugal pump performance characteristics.

• Pump performance with variable speed.

Pump operating limitations:

• Partial flow operation of rotodynamic pumps.

• Pump and system component inlet conditions.

• Cavitation.

• Net positive suction head.

System design

• The management of flow system design.

• Pipe work and fittings system design review.

• Sump design.

System Operation

•Key operating considerations

•Pump flow control

•Systems using pump discharge valve control

•Systems with pumps in parallel and inlet sump

•level control

•Systems with discharge pipe siphons

•Pump starting and stopping.

The next course will be held on Tuesday 11 October, at the BPMA Offices in West Bromwich. For further information and to book you place please contact Steve Smith on 0121 601 6691.


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