In this interactive 3 month LIVE ONLINE course, you will:

  • Identify different types of centrifugal pumps
  • Learn about pump terminology and key applications
  • Understand the characteristics of pumps and curves
  • Identify the critical elements in pump system design
  • Correctly demonstrate pump calculations
  • Learn about auxiliary equipment associated with pumping circuits
  • Understand the fundamentals of seal selection
  • Learn about environmental considerations related to seals
  • Learn how the experts repair and rebuild seals for outstanding performance
  • Recognize and troubleshoot seals
  • Maximize mechanical seal life
  • Classify various seals, including special seal types
  • Explain considerations related to the materials used in seal construction
  • Learn how operating pump systems work - drafting the correct operations, controls and procedures
  • Learn the pump reliability definition in terms of availability, criticality and wear characteristics
  • Calculate pump efficiency - capital, maintenance and life cycle costs


Course Details


In this comprehensive, interactive course you will look at pump construction, design applications, operations, maintenance and management issues. You will cover mechanical seals fundamentals, learn about basic principles and look at seal classification and design, special seal types and their materials.

You will learn valuable tips and tricks in working with your pumping system; deriving more value from this often misunderstood critical plant asset. The course will also explore pump and sealing construction, design-applications, operations, maintenance and management issues. By the end of this course you will have the skills and ability to recognize and solve a range of pump and sealing problems.

Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction to and Constructions of Centrifugal Pumps

  • What is a good pump?
  • Risk and life cycle considerations
  • Pump types and overview
  • Impeller, casings, wearing ring, bearing housing and isolators, couplings, shaft, stuffing boxes mechanical seals brief


Module 2: Pump Hydraulics

  • Specific gravity, viscosity, vapor pressure
  • Flow, head, system resistance
  • Pump efficiency, hydraulic power, characteristic curve
  • Specific speed
  • Recirculation, cavitations, Net Positive Suction Head (NPSH)
  • Suction specific speed


Module 3: Forces in Centrifugal Pumps

  • Axial trust, radial loads


Module 4: Pump Operation and Drivers

  • Operation and characteristics
  • Flow capacity control – throttling, speed, impeller trim, swirl and pitch, by-pass


Module 5: Pump Specification and Selection

  • Specifications
  • Selection perspectives – general, hydraulic, mechanical/electrical, spatial, economical


Module 6: Commissioning and Performing Measurements

  • Testing and commissioning
  • Condition monitoring
  • Optimizing


Module 7: Mechanical Seals Intro, Materials of Seal Construction

  • Zero leakage definition
  • Mechanics, purpose and means of sealing
  • Basics regarding speed, pressure, and seal requirements
  • Seal function, wear and live, texture
  • Balance criterion, ratio and pressure distribution
  • Operating capabilities, classifications and limitations
  • Materials general consideration
  • Properties of elastomers, elastomer materials
  • Plastic polymers, cemented carbides and miscellaneous sealing materials
  • Materials comparability


Module 8: Seal Design and Classification

  • Identifying seal components and their function
  • Primary sealing components – seal head, seal seat, springs for face loading, metal bellows
  • Secondary sealing components –elastomeric O-rings, V-rings, U-cup rings, wedge rings
  • Inside and outside seals
  • General arrangement modes – Single: cartridge, component, split, stationary– Duplex: tandem, back-to-back
  • Static and dynamic seals
  • Rotating and stationary seal heads
  • Sealing face conditions, seal pre-loading


Module 9: Environmental Considerations And Auxiliary Equipment

  • Abrasives, heat, dry operation
  • Flushing, recirculation, quenching
  • Convection, cooling, jacketing
  • Buffer and barrier fluid
  • Dead end lubrication, grease packing, circulating face lubrication
  • API 610 environmental control schemes
  • Cyclone separators, pressurization units
  • Air-coolers and heat exchangers
  • Rotameters and flow controllers
  • Leakage detectors, filters and strainers


Module 10: Seal Failure

  • Factors influencing seal life
  • Factors affecting seal performance
  • Seal malfunction and probable causes
  • Friction and wear, adhesion, abrasion
  • Corrosion and surface fatigue


Module 11: Troubleshooting Failed Seals

  • At the pumping site and equipment teardown
  • Discoloration, chipping, cracking, rubbing, elastomer swelling, stickiness, hardness – what do these mean?


Module 12: Seal Selection and Standards, Maximize Seal Life

  • Seal selection guides
  • Standards-ISO, British, DIN, ASME
  • Preparing the pump – mechanically, hydraulically
  • Controlling temperature and pressure in the stuffing box
  • What seal to choose? What face combination and elastomer?

Learning and Teaching

Benefits of Online Learning to Students

  • Cost effective: no travel or accommodation necessary
  • Interactive: live, interactive sessions let you communicate with your instructor and fellow students
  • Flexible: short interactive sessions over the Internet which you can attend from your home or office. Learn while you earn!
  • Practical: perform exercises by remotely accessing our labs and simulation software
  • Expert instructors: instructors have extensive industry experience; they are not just 'academics'
  • No geographical limits: learn from any location, all you need is an Internet connection
  • Constant support: from your instructor(s) and a dedicated Learning Support Officer for the complete duration of the course
  • International insight: interact and network with participants from around the globe and gain valuable insight into international practice 

Benefits of Online Learning to Employers

  • Lower training costs: no travel or accommodation necessary
  • Less downtime: short webinars (60-90 minutes) and flexible training methods means less time away from work
  • Retain employees: keep staff who may be considering a qualification as full time study
  • Increase efficiency: improve your engineering or technical employees’ skills and knowledge
  • International insight: students will have access to internationally based professional instructors and students


How Does it Work?

EIT Online Learning courses involve a combination of live, interactive sessions over the Internet with a professional instructor, set readings, and assignments. The courses include simulation software and remote laboratory applications to let you put theory to practice, and provide you with constant support from a dedicated Learning Support Officer.

Practical Exercises and Remote Laboratories

As part of the groundbreaking new way of teaching, our online engineering courses use a series of remote laboratories (labs) and simulation software, to facilitate your learning and to test the knowledge you gain during your course. These involve complete working labs set up at various locations of the world into which you will be able to log to and proceed through the various practical sessions.

These will be supplemented by simulation software, running either remotely or on your computer, to ensure you gain the requisite hands-on experience. No one can learn much solely from lectures, the labs and simulation software are designed to increase the absorption of the materials and to give you a practical orientation of the learning experience. All this will give you a solid, practical exposure to the key principles covered and will ensure that you obtain maximum benefit from your course.




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