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This course is aimed at engineers and technical professionals who need a broad-based introduction to basic pump selection, application, and operation. This course starts with the basics and builds to provide a full understanding of centrifugal, rotary, and reciprocating pumps. The course will include the following topics: centrifugal, rotary, and reciprocating pump similarities/differences; centrifugal, rotary, and reciprocating pump configurations; nine fundamental principles for reliable pump operation; developing pump specification; understanding pump curves; developing system curves; choosing a type of pump for a specific application. The course will answer the question, “What are the things I need to worry about when selecting, specifying, and operating pumps?” At the completion of the course, attendees will hold a strong understanding of basic concepts. This knowledge will act as a springboard to further growth of understanding of more complex pump concepts. An emphasis is placed on providing practical information with minimal theory; comprehension of the information presented requires little to no mathematical skills in hydraulic or mechanical design. This is NOT a pump design and/or maintenance class.
Joseph, John P. (II); Wood, Daniel (2015). Pumps 101. Turbomachinery Laboratories, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station. Available electronically from