Advanced Course for Centrifugal Pumps

An Intensive 5-Day Training Course

Advanced Course for Centrifugal Pumps

Principle of Operation, Vibration Protection, Maintenance Strategy & Failure Modes

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Why Choose this Training Course?

Why Choose this Course?

This course will provide detailed explanation of important principles of fluid flow in pumps and in piping systems that are prerequisite for their successful selection, installation and operation. Vital elements of pump construction such as seals and bearings will be discussed, and their impact on the reliability and availability will be explained. Various methods of pump performance adjustments, such as throttling, by-pass, speed control, impeller trimming, and others will be described.

The course will introduce methods of cost analysis, including initial costs of pump and pumping system, commissioning and start up costs, operating and maintenance costs, and decommissioning and disposal costs.

The course will provide answers to questions related to pump fitness for service (FFS) analysis, root cause analysis (RCA) and failure mode analysis.

Various examples and case studies from real-life technical practice, will help remove any misconception related to efficiently operating pumping system.

Highlights of the course include:

  • Principles of selection of right pump for the given application and expected reliability
  • A good blend of comprehensive explanations of fundamental principles of pump operation and valuable empirical industrial experience in maintenance and troubleshooting
  • Guidelines for installation, commissioning and start up procedure
  • Best practices for inspection and diagnosing problems related to reliability and availability and fitness for service (FFS) analysis together with RCA
  • Economic issues: overall life-cycle cost and optimization of operation and maintenance costs

What are the Goals?

What Are The Goals?

This course will enable the participants to achieve the following:

  • Understanding of technical features of centrifugal pumps and their capabilities and limitations
  • Familiarity with principles of hydraulic and mechanical design of pumps according to world standards and codes
  • Proper use of methods of inspection, diagnosing and estimating the degree of deterioration of pump efficiency
  • Best practices and techniques of solving problems in operation such as cavitation, vibration, corrosion, erosion, etc.

How will this Training Course be Presented?

How Will This Be Presented?

The seminar will be conducted along the workshop principles, consisting of formal lectures and interactive worked examples that will be part of workshops. This will result in active contribution of all delegates during the discussions and team work. Real life examples and case studies will be selected to illustrate the procedure for operating and controlling the centrifugal pumps. The emphasis in the course will be on the explanation of technical issues and providing answers to problems that are encountered in everyday industrial practice. There will be ample opportunities for active and open discussions and sharing professional experiences on operation, maintenance and troubleshooting. All course materials will be provided.

Daily Agenda

Day One

  • Overview of technical characteristics of industrial pumps
  • Significance of vital elements of centrifugal pump construction
  • Centrifugal pump operating characteristics and BEP
  • Accurate determination of system curve as a prerequisite for pump selection
  • Selection of pump size based on required pumping power

Day Two

  • Reliability & availability of pumping system
  • Mechanical seals and packing glands
  • Bearings and lubrication problems
  • Rotor balancing and vibration monitoring
  • Guidelines for proper alignment including thermal growth effects

Day Three

  • Common problems in pump operation
  • Problems with cavitation and methods to avoid it
  • Best practices for design of pump suction and piping system (NPSHa)
  • Performance controls and adjustments: throttling, variable speed device, impeller trim
  • Pressure regulating valves in pumping systems: safety issues

Day Four

  • Best practices for pump installation and operation
  • Pump inspection, analysis of fitness for service (FFS) and performance testing
  • Maintenance planning and organization
  • Root cause analysis (RCA)
  • Failure mode analysis and troubleshooting

Day Five

  • Consideration of life-cycle costs and relation to bathtub curve
  • Best practices for commissioning and start up procedure
  • Optimization of pump use by reducing downtime costs
  • Determination of costs of pump decommissioning and disposal
  • Course summary



  • On successful completion of this training course, a PetroKnowledge Certificate will be awarded to the delegates

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How can I register for a training course?

  • To register online through our website, please click “Enroll Now” on the course page, complete and submit the form. A confirmation e-mail and instructions will be sent to the participant’s e-mail.
  • You may also get in touch with our Registration Team on
    +971 50 981 7386 | +971 2 557 7389 or send an email to

When and how do I arrange payments?

  • Payments can be made in USD or UAE local currency AED (Arab Emirates Dirhams) either by Bank Transfer or by Credit Card. Our Bank Account details will be provided on the invoice.
  • Course fees are payable upon booking unless a valid, authorized Purchase Order is provided and accepted.
  • Invoices will be sent via email/courier to the ID/name and address provided.
  • The course fee shall be settled prior to course start date. Corporate payments with existing payment policy shall be relayed to us in advance.

When should I expect to receive confirmation of registration?

Upon successful registration online, enrolment on the respective training course will be confirmed by Registration Team by e-mail along with the invoice and joining instruction.

Is there a discount for more than one registrant/course?

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