Basics of Centrifugal Pump Operation (3 PDHs)

Venue: Webinar/Online

Location: Webinar/Online, Canada

Event Date/Time: Jun 12, 2012 End Date/Time: Jun 12, 2012
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Centrifugal pumps are key equipment in a processing plant. Operation of a process plant is in the hands of process Operators and Mechanical Engineers who, although qualified in their own discipline, may not have received formal Mechanical Engineering training. To be effective, Engineers, Technicians and personnel from plant operation should have a fundamental understanding of the principles that dictate the smooth operation of a centrifugal pump.

This 3 hour course is designed to meet the needs of Engineers, Technicians and personnel both from Design and Owner Companies. The primary focus will be on centrifugal pump operating principles, understanding pump characteristics curves and how cavitations, NPSH, suction head, discharge head, fluid characteristics affect the performance of a pump.


To provide a basic engineering understanding and knowledge of centrifugal pumps.
To provide an awareness of the codes that governs the construction of centrifugal pumps.

Who Should Attend Industrial and commercial plant & facilities engineers
Industrial and commercial plant & facilities operators
Process engineers
Design engineers

Individuals who are involved in the design and operation of a process plant. Professionals who need to add to their current experience and knowledge of mechanical engineering. Mechanical engineers who require practical knowledge of certain aspects of mechanical engineering or who need to refresh their knowledge. New graduates will benefit from the practical industrial experience of the instructor.

Program Outline (0.3 CEUs / 3 PDHs)

Understanding Centrifugal Pumps

Introduction, Seminar Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

Understanding Centrifugal Pumps
Classification of Pumps
Specific Speed and Suction Specific Speed
Picking the Right Pump and Sizing Pumps
Head on a Pump
NPSH Calculations & System Design
Cavitations –Causes and Remedies
Pump Performance Curves -Rated Point, Best Efficiency Point
Speed and Impeller Diameter on Pump Performance
Affinity Laws
Minimum Continuous Stable Flow and Minimum Continuous Thermal Flow
System Curves and Their Importance in selecting a Pump
Fluid Viscosity Effects on Pump Performance
Water Horse Power, Brake Horse Power and Motor Horse Power.

Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment

After Attending This Course You Will Be Able To
Understand codes and standards governing the construction of a Centrifugal Pump.
Learn the working principle of a centrifugal pump.
Gain insight into what considerations are important for smooth operation of a pump.

Mr. Ganga D. Deka, P.Eng is a registered professional Engineer with APEGGA Alberta and currently works with an Engineering Design Company as a Senior Mechanical /Piping Engineer. He brings with him over 25 years of experience in oil and gas industry with diversified experience in both engineering design and operation. He, therefore, brings with him the best experience from both the sides –from the drawing office to hands-on.

Ganga had assumed responsible positions in with multi-million dollar projects both in greens field engineering design and browns field projects. He had led teams of multi-disciplinary Engineers in design, commissioning, start-up and turn-arounds and clearly understands the needs of people who work in a process plant.

Ganga’s long years of experience in the oil industry gives him a thorough insight to the basics of centrifugal pumps used in process industry. With his versatile knowledge and experience he currently delivers seminars on various mechanical engineering subjects related to a process plant to both young and experienced mechanical and non-mechanical engineers.