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Lecture Course Information

Assumes the student has some experience and knowledge of pumps

Those new to pumping are advised to take the e-learning Introduction to Pumping Technology before moving on to these courses.

BPMA recommends students should take or have taken this module before moving on to take any of the other modules.

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Pumping Fundamentals

This module will provide the learner with an understanding of the fundamentals of pumps. The learner will be able to go back to their workplace with an understanding of general pump types, their uses and performance characteristics and the influence of key design parameters and liquid properties on pump behaviour.

To enable learners to understand:-

General Pump Types, Rotodynamic and Positive Displacement
Liquid Properties and Definitions
Pumping Terminology
Fluid Flow, Pressure losses in pipes,
The Flow Regime
Cavitation, Net Positive Suction Head and System Performance
Pump Performance Curves,
Matching the Pump

Pumping Testing

This module is designed to allow individuals to understand performance indicators likely to be employed when testing various pump components such as Flow, Head Rotational speed, Temperature, Noise vibration, Mechanical and Electrical power

To enable learners to:-

State the range of pump performance indicators likely to be tested 
Describe the range of common test methods used for each performance criteria
Describe procedures accepted for testing pump performance,
Describe the critical factors of NPSH Required testing
The Thermodynamic Method
Measurement inaccuracy and errors
Instrument accuracy

Pumping Selection

This module is aimed at providing the learner with an understanding of the various types of pumps available. The student will be able to go back to their workplace with an understanding of different pump types and their uses, be able to read and understand customer and makers data sheets and identify and help influence the selection of the correct pump for a particular situation.

To enable learners to understand:-

Recap on Key fundamentals
Pumps as part of the machine
Desired features
Unsuitable Pump types
Hydraulic requirements
Installation Requirements
Compatibility Requirements
Reviewing the Selection
 Contractual Issues 

Pumping Systems

This module is designed to enable individuals working with pumping systems to enhance their knowledge and understanding regarding the interaction of all of the components within a successful system. Looks at the common types of systems used and explores the differences and benefits of each.

To enable learners to understand:-

Fluid Flow Fundamentals
The Energy Equation
Pressure Losses
Use of loss coefficients
Centrifugal Pump Characteristics
Variable speed performance
Managing Flow System Design
Allowing for System head errors
Pipework Design
Key Operating Considerations
Various Systems
Whole Life Costing