Pumps 101 Course

Half-day Pumps 101 course offered during Pump Summit Americas
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What: Pump 101: Understanding Centrifugal & Positive Displacement Pumps; Best Practices in Reliability & Maintenance Processes
When: 1:30pm-6:00pm, Monday, June 13th, 2016
Where: George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas
Who: This course will be beneficial to young engineers, non-technical personnel, purchasing, maintenance, and operational management.

banner_Pump_Summit_Americas_2016_registerThis Pump 101 course will provide an introduction and overview on pump technologies, discussing key engineering concepts, pressure energy, pumping pressure, total dynamic head and performance curves, as well as pump efficiency and net positive suction head. Additionally, attendees will gain a better understanding of affinity laws and system/pump curves.

The session will cover two pump technologies — centrifugal and positive displacement pumps — and all key components of each pump type. Additionally, proven methods in improving both centrifugal and positive displacement pump reliability and maintenance practices will be addressed.

The final segment will cover best applications and selecting the right pump design and size to meet system requirements.

Topics Covered:

  • Pump componentes
  • Basic engineering concepts
  • Formulas and graphs for a wide range of pumps
  • Major pump groups and technologies
  • Best practices in reliability methods
  • Pump maintenance management practices
  • Pump applications and fitting the best pump to the required task
  • Major advantages of centrifugal and positive displacements

You Will Walk Away With:

  • Reference materials
  • P∙SMART simulation software (FREE)
  • PDH credits from The Hydraulic Institute

Course Outline Details:

  • I. Introduction & Overview Pump Technologies
  • II. Engineering Review on Centrifugal Pumps
    • Define pump components
    • Review pressure energy, pumping pressure, total dynamic head, & performance curves
    • Explain pump efficiency and Net Positive Suction Head
    • Review Affinity Laws and system/pump curves
  • III. Engineering Review on Positive Displacement Pumps
    • Examine the three major pump groups: direct lift, displacement, and gravity
    • Review PD pump components and styles: gear pumps, screw pumps, and rotary vane pumps
    • Study the basic operating engineering principles of positive displacement pumps
  • IV. Break
  • V. Proven Methods in Improving Centrifugal Pumps Reliability & Maintenance
    • Review proper design and equipment selection combined with proper installation
    • Best practices in proper operation and maintenance procedures
    • Explain how to monitor efficiency and tracking lifecycle history
    • Establishing pump maintenance management practices
  • VI. Proven Methods in Improving Positive Displacement Pumps Reliability & Maintenance
    • Detail proper design and equipment selection combined with proper installation
    • Best practices in operation and proper maintenance
    • Explain how to monitor efficiency & tracking lifecycle history
    • Establishing P.D. pump maintenance management practices
  • VII. Best Applications for Centrifugal Pump Vs. Positive Displacement Pump (Advantages and Disadvantages in each technology)
  • VIII. Key Takeaways on Centrifugal & Positive Displacement Pumps


Taught by a Hydraulic Institute Subject Matter Expert


Willian_c_livotiWilliam C. Livoti
Business Development Management
Power Generation
WEG Eletric

William C. Livoti has over 40 years of experience in the pump industry designing, field testing, repairing and troubleshooting mechanical seals, compressors and pumping systems. William holds a degree in mechanical engineering and has worked for several pump and mechanical seal OEM’s as well as Corporate Principal Engineer for Balance of Plant equipment at a large power utility company, where among other responsibilities, he was accountable for asset management, life cycle performance, system assessment, failure analysis, plant efficiency, O&M, and capital budget.

Mr. Livoti has been active in the Hydraulic Institute for a number of years. He is Chairman of the Educational Affairs Steering Committee, Principal Instructor for Pump System Optimization, as well as the Instructor for “Train the Trainer” and has co-authored three books with the Hydraulic Institute: Pumps System Optimization Guidelines, Power Plant Pump Application Guidelines, and Variable Frequency Drive Guidelines. William is an active member of Vibration Institute, IEEE Power Engineering Society, ASME Power Engineering Society, and the Large Electric Motor Users Group through the Electric Power Research Institute.

As a Power Generation Business Development Manager, his primary focus is to promote WEG solutions and technology in the power generation industry as well as conduct Pump / System Assessments.