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An intensive professional development training course on

Pump & Machinery Troubleshooting

Applications, Operation, Parts and Maintenance

Why Choose the Course?

The seminar will introduce delegates to the different types of pumps and their associated terminology.  Centrifugal and positive-displacement pumps, packing, mechanical seals and sealing systems, bearings and couplings are discussed.

The application of the different types of pumps are considered along with their suitability for different operational duties.  Pump operation, troubleshooting and maintenance are dealt with in depth.

The course will feature:

  • Enable delegates to optimise the operation and maintenance of different types of pumps.
  • Give delegates the confidence to carry out failure analyses on pumps thereby avoiding repetitive failures.
  • Give the delegates the ability to quickly and efficiently trouble shoot pumping machinery problems.


What are the Goals?

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and understand the different types of pumps.
  • Operate pumps as close as possible to the design efficiency.
  • Identify and monitor pump efficiency, availability and reliability.
  • Develop knowledge about selection, operation and maintenance strategies.
  • Identify and troubleshoot pump & associated machinery problems.


Who is the Course for?

The course will benefit anyone who wishes to update themselves on pump technology, judge the suitability of different types of pumps for their needs, and learn how to operate and maintain them for the benefit of their organisations.

This course is suitable to a wide range of professionals but will greatly benefit:

  • Technical and Maintenance staff
  • Operators
  • Supervisors and Team Leaders
  • Professionals in Maintenance, Engineering and Production


How will this be Presented?

This course will be conducted along workshop principles and will utilise a variety of proven adult learning techniques to ensure maximum understanding, comprehension and retention of the information presented. This includes:

  • Formal lectures
  • Interactive worked examples
  • Relevant case studies that are provided to illustrate the application of each tool in an operations environment. Learning points will be reinforced with practical examples
  • Ample opportunities for discussion and sharing experiences.


The Course Content

Day One: Introduction

  • Pump Types and Terminology
  • Net Positive Suction Head (NPSH)
  • Pump Performance (Centrifugal and Positive Displacement)
  • Cavitation
  • Hydraulic Pulsations and Pipe Vibration
  • Application Criteria and Specific Parameters
  • Pumps Applications and Selection Criteria


Day Two: Positive Displacement Pumps

  • Reciprocating Pumps
  • Reciprocating Pump Valves
  • Rotary Pumps – scroll and gear types
  • Special Application Pumps – metering pumps, diaphragm pumps.
  • Failure Mechanisms – identification and monitoring


Day Three: Centrifugal Pumps

  • Centrifugal Pump Theory
    • Velocity Triangles and Performance Derivation from First Principles
    • Pump performance curves: head-capacity, power, efficiency
    • System curve: static versus friction components
    • Affinity laws
    • Operating point control: valve throttling versus speed controller
    • Parallel operation
  • Pump Type choices -Specific Speed (Ns) used as a selection criterion
    • Flow-Pressure envelope
    • Matching Pumps with Drivers

  • Practical Pump Aspects
    • Sealing methods: packings, mechanical seals, and seal-less designs
    • Reassembly of a single stage end suction centrifugal pump
    • Pump Wear Rings and Balance Lines
    • Single-Stage and Multi-Stage Pumps
    • Down Hole Pumps
    • Failure Mechanisms – identification and monitoring
  • Field Troubleshooting, Specialty Designs, and Performance Modification Techniques. Impeller redesign; volute modifications; sound tests to determine recirculation on-set.


Day Four: Seals and Bearings

  • Seals and Bearings
    • Conventional Packing Glands
    • Mechanical Seals
    • Seal Failure Mechanisms
    • Maintenance and Repair of Mechanical Seals
    • Bearings – failure modes and how to extend life
  • Reliability
    • Couplings
    • Alignment
    • Chemistry and materials of construction
    • Planned Maintenance - Predictive and Preventive
    • Reliability Programmes
    • Weibull Analysis


Day Five: Pumps Troubleshooting

  • Fault Matrix
  • Fault Tree Analysis
  • Root Cause Failure Analysis
    • Fishbone Diagram
    • Cause Mapping
  • Field Troubleshooting


The Certificate

  • AZTech Certificate of Completion for delegates who attend and complete the course.


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