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Mechanical Engineering

Practical Pump Technology


The course will introduce participants to the different types of pumps and their associated terminology. Centrifugal and positive displacement pumps, packing, mechanical seals and sealing systems, bearings, and couplings will all be discussed.

The application of the different types of pumps will be discussed along with their suitability for different operational duties. Pump operation, troubleshooting, and maintenance will be dealt with in-depth.


By the end of this course participants will:

  • Have an understanding of the different types of pumps.
  • Be able to operate pumps as close as possible to the design efficiency.
  • Will be able to monitor pump efficiency, availability, and reliability.
  • To learn about selection, operation and maintenance strategies.
  • Be able to troubleshoot pump problems.
  • Be able to critically analyze the methodologies employed within the organization and instigate improvements where required.
  • Optimize the operation and maintenance of different types of pumps.
  • Carry out failure analyses on pumps thereby avoiding repetitive failures.

Target Audience

This seminar is directed towards Supervisors, Team Leaders and Professionals in Maintenance, Engineering, and Production. The seminar will also benefit anyone who wishes to update themselves on pump technology, judge the suitability of different types of pumps for their needs, and learn how to operate and maintain them for the benefit of their organizations.


Mechanical Engineering Outline

The course covers the following topics:


  • Introduction
  • Pump Types and Terminology
  • Net Positive Suction Head (NPSH)
  • Pump Performance (Centrifugal and Positive Displacement)
  • Cavitation
  • Hydraulic Pulsations and Pipe Vibration

Positive Displacement Pumps

  • Reciprocating Pumps
  • Reciprocating Pump Valves
  • Rotary Pumps  scroll and gear types
  • Special Application Pumps  metering pumps, diaphragm pumps
  • Failure Mechanisms  identification and monitoring

Centrifugal Pumps

  • Centrifugal Pump Theory
  • Matching Pumps with Drivers
  • Pump Wear Rings and Balance Lines
  • MultiStage Pumps
  • Performance Analysis
  • Failure Mechanisms  identification and monitoring

Seals and Bearings

  • Conventional Packing Glands
  • Mechanical Seals
  • Seal Failure Mechanisms
  • Maintenance and Repair of Mechanical Seals
  • Bearings  failure modes and how to extend the life


  • Couplings
  • Alignment
  • Planned Maintenance  Predictive and Preventive
  • Reliability Programs


Ref Location From To Cost
ME03 Cairo 23-2-2024 27-2-2024