Pump System Fundamentals Course - December 12, 2023

Includes a Live Web Event on 12/12/2023 at 10:00 AM (EST)

  • Register
    • Non-member - $700
    • Member - $525
    • Associate Member - $525
    • Academic Partner - $665
    • PSAP Industry Partner - $665
    • Pump Industry Partner - $665
    • Pump Industry Partner Retiree - $665
    • Standards Partner - Consultant - $525
    • Standards Partner - End User - $525
    • Standards Partner - End User & Basic Training - $525
    • Training Partner - $525


Pump System Fundamentals (PSF) Course

December 12, 2023 | 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 a.m. EST


The Pump System Fundamentals (PSF) Live Virtual Course is a Live (Virtual) Instructor-Led training course designed to educate and train pump engineers, technical sales, pump system owners, designers, and operators on the fundamentals of pump and system design, including system hydraulics and calculations, pump and system curves, system components, factors affecting reliably and energy consumption, and control.

Course Objectives

  • Importance of focusing on the pump system and optimization 
  • Energy Consumption 
  • System Hydraulics and System Curves 
  • Pump Curves 
  • Pump and System Curve Interaction and Control 
  • Total Head Net Positive Suction Head
  • Preferred and Allowable Operating Regions
  • Common operating problems & troubleshooting
  • Rotodynamic & Positive Displacement Pump Fundamentals
  • Driver & VFD Fundamentals
Course Materials

Participants will also receive the following course materials:

  • Pump System Optimization and Assessment Course Manual in Electronic Format
  • Pump System Optimization Guidebook in Electronic Format – Retail Value $205
  • Pump System Assessment Pre-screening Checklist
  • Follow-up activities such as webinars and surveys 
Features and Benefits
  • No travel costs, no time away from your company: Join from your office or from home
  • Attend classes held by the same expert instructors who deliver courses at our live courses
  • Cover the same content as in our traditional classroom courses. Participants will receive course materials electronically
  • Participants can see each other, talk to each other, and speak to their instructor via microphone and camera. One-on-one conversations can be set up if required
Technical Requirements
  • Computer, monitor, and Internet connection
  • Option of computer audio or a dial-in number
  • WEBEX video conference platform

PSF outline:

• Introduction to pump systems
• System curves
o Measuring the system curve exercise
• Introduction to pump curve & operating point
• Pump system energy consumption & efficiency
o Pump output power exercise
o Pump input power exercise
o Motor input power exercise
o Pump efficiency exercise using motor curve
• Pump total head measurement and calculation
• Introduction to positive displacement and rotodynamic pumps
• Rotodynamic pump fundamentals
o Common types & configuration
o Performance curves
o Specific speed
 Specific speed and attainable efficiency Exercise
o Impellers, Inducers and casings
o Rotodynamic pump classifications
• Positive displacement pump fundamentals
o Common types & configurations
o Performance curves
o General application considerations
o Reciprocating pump classifications and application considerations
o Rotary pump classifications and application considerations
• Varying the operating point
o Modifications to the pump curve
o Modifications to the system head
o Variable speed and Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) considerations
o Control valve hydraulic loss exercise
o Parallel pumping
o Series pumping
• Factors that affect reliability
o Net Positive Suction Head and Margin
 NPSHA calculation exercise 1
 NPHSA calculation exercise 2
 Suction specific speed exercise
o Operating point
 Preferred operating region

 Allowable operating region
o Pump installation
• Discussion of common operating problems
o Flow or head to low
o Power to high
o Vibration and noise
o Bearing and seal failures

Rafiq Qutub

Process engineer and Project manager with GM BluePlan Engineering

GM BluePlan

Rafiq is a process engineer and project manager with GM BluePlan Engineering in Guelph, Ontario, with 17 years of experience in the design and construction of municipal water and wastewater infrastructure with particular expertise in pumping systems. He is experienced in developing PFDs, P&IDs, and PCNs as well as hydraulic modelling in AFT Fathom. Rafiq has been active with the Hydraulic Institute for over 8 years and has served on several committees including the Standards committee for ANSI/HI 9.6.6 – Pump Piping. Rafiq is a certified Pump System Assessment Professional and a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario. He obtained a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering and an Advanced Certificate in Environmental Management from the University of Toronto


Join Live Course
12/12/2023 at 10:00 AM (EST)  |  480 minutes
12/12/2023 at 10:00 AM (EST)  |  480 minutes The course will begin on September 12, 2023 at 10::00 a.m. (EDT). To access the course please click the "Join Course" button, which will launch the WebEx application and allow you to join the virtual classroom.
Post-Course Assessment-PSF
16 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  13/16 points to pass
16 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  13/16 points to pass This assessment has 16 questions and requires at least 80% correct answers to pass. You must pass this assessment in order to earn your certificate of completion.
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7.00 PDH credits  |  Certificate available
7.00 PDH credits  |  Certificate available