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Engineering Professional Development

Pumps and Process Piping See upcoming dates

Course Overview

Please note that the course previously scheduled for September 15 -16, 2020 in Webster (Houston), TX is being transitioned to an online course using Microsoft Teams on the same dates.

Learn the background and information necessary to efficiently move fluids through industrial processes. Receive an in-depth review of industrial fluid movers, including pumps, process piping, piping codes, Materials of Construction, control valves, seals and gaskets.

The course will focus on:

  • How to determine which pump to use for a given application,
  • How to operate, select, and size pumps
  • The components of a process piping system
  • Methods to size a pump based on the components of a complete system
  • Operating changes that will significantly affect performance
  • How to maintain safe operation
  • Ways to reduce operating and energy costs
  • Methods to troubleshoot your pumps and process piping systems
  • Calculate NPSH

Who Should Attend?

Plant, process, design, and maintenance engineers, scientists, and plant personnel who are responsible for the design, sizing, operation, selection, maintenance or specification of pumps and process piping systems in chemical, petrochemical, biochemical, specialty chemical, food, pharmaceutical, and agricultural applications.

Additional Information

Special note: Please bring a calculator for the problem-solving sessions.


"Rich is a very entertaining and knowledgeable instructor. He brought a 'real-world' perspective to the course."

"The problems worked in class provided an excellent review of the material."

"A well-designed course–started with theory and moved into reality and equipment."

"An excellent review of concepts not covered since college." 

Course Outline

Basics of Fluid Flow 

  • Basic properties
    • pressure
    • density 
    • viscosity 
  • Reynolds number 
  • Pressure drop in liquid systems 
  • Pressure drop in gaseous systems 
  • Pressure drop through nozzles and orifices 
  • Choked flow 
  • Ideal Gas Law 
  • Non-ideal gases 

Class Exercise 

Piping Basics 

  • Piping components, schedules, and categories per code 
  • Pipe sizing 
  • Pressure and temperature limitations 
  • B31.3 considerations 
  • Materials of construction 


  • Ball valves 
  • Plug valves 
  • Globe valves 
  • Metering valves 
  • Gate valves 
  • Butterfly valves 
  • Diaphragm valves 
  • Pinch valves 
  • Backflow prevention valves
    • check valves 
  • Advantages and disadvantages 

Control Valves 

  • Sizing for liquid flow 
  • Sizing for gas flow 
  • Tuning constants 

Class Exercise 

Pump Selection and Installation 

  • Pump characteristics
    • capacity 
    • head 
    • efficiency  
  • Pump power 
  • Pumps classifications
    • operation 
    • purpose 

Types of Pumps 

  • Centrifugal pumps 
  • Positive displacement pumps 
  • Metering pumps 
  • Gear pumps 
  • Flexible impeller pumps 
  • Sliding vane pumps 
  • Turbine pumps 
  • Progressive cavity pumps 
  • Screw pumps 
  • NPSH 
  • Pump laws 
  • Motor sizing 
  • Pump selection criteria 
  • Advantages and disadvantages 
  • Installation tips 
  • Rules of thumb 

Seals and Gaskets 

  • Packing 
  • Single mechanical seals 
  • Double mechanical seals 
  • Sealless 
  • Guidelines for proper seal selection 
  • Materials of construction 
  • Installation tips 

Systems Design 

  • How to design a piping system step-by-step 
  • Safety considerations 

Class Exercise 


Take this course when it’s offered next!

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