Pump System Fundamentals Course | Seattle, WA | August 9, 2023

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Pump System Fundamentals (PSF) Course Hosted by Seattle City Light and NEEA

August 9, 2023 | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. PST 

Seattle, WA


The Pump System Fundamentals (PSF) Live Instructor-Led Course is a 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.


Smart Buildings Center @ Pacific Tower 

Training/Event Space 

1200 12th Avenue S Seattle, WA 98144

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 Fundamentals Course Slide Deck in Electronic Format (PDF)
  • Pump System Optimization Guidebook – Retail Value $205

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

Peter Gaydon

Deputy Executive Director

Hydraulic Institute

Peter Gaydon is the Deputy Executive Director at the Hydraulic Institute. Mr. Gaydon held design, development, and test engineering positions with major pump manufacturers. He currently serves as member on several pump related standards committees for AWWA, CSA, ASME and serves as the Chair for the AWWA E103 Vertical and Horizontal Line-Shaft Pumps. With the Hydraulic Institute, Mr. Gaydon has technical responsibility for standards, guidebooks, technical regulatory affairs and certification programs. Mr. Gaydon obtained his B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alfred.


Live In-Person Event
08/09/2023 at 9:00 AM (PDT)   |  0 minutes
08/09/2023 at 9:00 AM (PDT)   |  0 minutes
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