Intermediate Pumps and Pumping Systems


1-day course

CPD Credit: 6 hours, C1

Course Overview

This course will provide a review of pump fundamentals and then lead onto how the pump and system interact and their impact on energy efficiency. It is an intermediate course that will focus on hydraulic system behaviour for parallel and series operation, pump drivers and approaches to ensure the highest possible efficiency of the entire pump and motor driven fluid system.

Delegates will gain knowledge in understanding pump and driver performance characteristics and how they relate to the overall system effective operation. Consideration will be given to ISO 14414 and ASME EA-2 2009 and how they provide guidelines for conducting and reporting the results of a pumping system assessment.

Course Aim

The primary objective is to give each delegate a fundamental knowledge of the principles of the pump system. It will focus on a systems approach to pump operation and how this impacts on performance and energy use. By doing so, the systems approach potentially offers not only the most energy savings within motor driven systems, but also the greatest improvements in equipment reliability and reduced maintenance. This will lead to a lower Life Cycle Costs (LCC) for the pump system.

The course will cover, but is not limited to:

Review of pump fundamentals

Pump seals and systems

Couplings and alignment

Sump design and Net Positive Suction Head (NPSH)

Parallel and Series pump operation

Pump specific speeds and Affinity Laws

Systems curves for in line and branch systems

Pump selection and sizing

Pump drivers and variable spend drives (VSDs)

Vibration and Condition monitoring

Pumping of non-water liquids

Optimisation of the pump system

ISO 14414 and ASME EA-2 2009

Analysis tools for pump systems

Installation and operation of pumping equipment

Who Should Attend?

This course is focused to the needs of chemical, instrumentation, maintenance, and mechanical engineers and technicians working with pumps across the biopharma, food, water and wastewater, chemical and power generation sectors.


It would be useful to be familiar with pump systems and/or have attended Introduction to Pumps & Pumping Technology or a similar course. Delegates should also be comfortable with some calculator use.

Trainer's Profile

Ger Nagle

Gerard Nagle has previously worked for Emerson Process Management with extensive experience with Fisher control valves. He also has extensive experience with Farris pressure relief valves. Currently, Gerard is a lecturer in TU Dublin in the department of Mechanical Engineering. He lectures modules on Fluid Mechanics and Unit Operations. Gerard has a M.Sc. in Process Systems Engineering from Cranfield University.


"Very competent and interesting instructor."

"Enjoyed the course - very good insight into pump sizing and setup."

"Very good instructor - very knowledgeable."

"Very well presented"

Please contact the Team for further information on scheduled course dates and In-Company options. You can reach us by phone: 01 665 1305 or email