Fundamentals of Pumps and Their Selection for Optimum System Performance

Last Update August 29, 2022
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About This Course

This course covers the nature of pumps and valves and how they interact for optimum system performance.   The course discusses the requirements necessary for the selection of pumps and valves. It is structured in a sequence, starting from basics to detailed discussion of various aspects of both pumps and valves. It is designed to help participants develop a full understanding of how pumps and valves work, covering selection, installation, operation, maintenance, and trouble shooting.

This course covers topics, such as the flow of fluids (e.g., calculating the flow of fluids and pressure drop), the selection of centrifugal pumps, and the selection of positive displacement pumps. It also discusses types of valves, flow characteristics of valves, and the best practices in installation, measurement of flow rate in closed conduits; calibration methods for Venturi, Orifice, and elbow meters; and operation and maintenance.

During the course participants receive guidance in making cost-effective decisions on the sizing of a pipeline diameter and tips for avoiding poor system operation. The course also discusses how centrifugal pumps are selected according to a procedure of matching the system curve of the pipeline to the pump performance curve. It also discusses positive displacement pumps, types of valves and pumps, and a valve selection guide.

Learning Objectives

Calculate the pressure loss in a pipeline due to friction for circular and non circular ducts
Determine the pipe diameter that minimizes first plus operating costs of a piping system
Generate a system curve for a pipeline
Identify the testing methods used to obtain a performance map for a centrifugal pump
Employ the system curve to select an efficient centrifugal pump
Explain how to predict when cavitation will occur and identify the necessary steps to avoid it
Explain how to use dimensional analysis to correlate experimental data for a pump
Explain how the specific speed is determined
Apply affinity laws to predict off-design behavior for a pump
Identify types of positive displacement pumps
Examine common methods of measuring flow rate in a pipeline
Identify the types of meters available for flow rate measurement
Generate calibration curves for venturi, orifice, and elbow meters
Describe the different types of valves that are commercially available
Explain how to select the correct valve for a piping system
Identify and avoid problems by selecting the correct valve
Explain how to install, operate and maintain valves
Describe the process of diagnosing and troubleshooting valve problems

Material Includes

  • Learners receive downloadable spreadsheets with calculations and downloadable PDFs of the course presentation, and a chapter from the textbook, Introduction to Fluid Mechanics, 6th Edition, by Dr. William S. Janna.


  • Participants are required to bring calculators, French or Flex curves, and dividers.
  • The instructor recommends that learners purchase the Introduction to Fluid Mechanics, 6th Edition textbook.
  • This ASME Virtual Classroom course is held live with an instructor on our online learning platform.
  • Certificate of completion will be issued to registrants who successfully attend and complete the course

Target Audience

  • This course is designed for design engineers, process selection engineers, procurement personnel, project engineers, quality personnel, operation & maintenance engineers, and inspection engineers in the power and process industries.



Review of Preliminary Topics


Meters in Pipelines

Positive Displacement Pumps


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Authorized Training Instructor, ASME

10 Courses
5 Reviews
36 Students
Head of Department -Plant Layout and Piping, thyssenKrupp Uhde. Worked in the field of Oil & gas, Chemical and Petrochemical industries for different multinational companies. - President of Society of Piping Engineers and Designers-Egypt Chapter - Certified as Pan-Arab Energy Management Professional. - Certified as Value Methodology Associate VMA from SAVE® International - Member of American Society of Engineering Management. - Member of Egyptian Society of Mechanical Engineers ESME
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4,000.00 EGP

Duration 30 hours

Material Includes

  • Learners receive downloadable spreadsheets with calculations and downloadable PDFs of the course presentation, and a chapter from the textbook, Introduction to Fluid Mechanics, 6th Edition, by Dr. William S. Janna.

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