SAICHE-369: Design of Pumping Systems

Provider: Engineers for Africa (John Broli)

Credits: 2

Valid from: 01/09/2020 - 31/08/2023 

Hours: 20

Type: Course

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About the course:

This popular, unique and information packed course to enable those involved in design, projects and plant operations to analyse and design a range of pumping systems in greater detail – thus achieving more cost-efficient and effective complete engineering designs aligned with each process requirement.

This course provides first overviews the range of pumps available and then addresses all the technical points of pump design such as piping hydraulics, pump sizing, pump curves, NPSH and how a pump’s operation is reflected in the curves. A solid presentation of all pump design parameters including seals is presented. Special pump types are then addressed and reviewed, covering plastic pumps, chemical service steel shrouded pumps, chemical service sump pumps, diaphragm pumps and other services, such as magnetic driven pumps.

The assessment of pipe layouts and the conditions of the pump operation (such as water hammer, pump sparing and others) are followed through to a detailed selection of the pump for the relevant service.

There are also some sub-courses that are always added such as bellows design and corrosion as materials selection parameters - to broaden the course and provide the full pump system design considerations.


The main objective is to develop skills of attendees to approach pump designs as a total systems design including vessel drain connections, piping systems and control circuits such as VSD and PLC designs. Attendees are also guided to include key components such as check valves, filter systems and bellows to protect against water hammer and other systems mechanical loading.

Economic benefits are achieved through optimization of the total pumping system and power savings from specialised VSD and PLC control systems.   

VENUE: All of SADC, as the Course is digital and on-line. Live-course and run at office or at home workshops provides the ideal mix of course contents.