This short course covers the fundamentals of pumping systems design with special emphasis on the importance of pump, equipment and systems interaction. Read more Read less

The course will be delivered by practitioners with over 100 years of combined experience in the field.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • DurationThree days
  • LocationCranfield Campus
  • Cost£1,350 The course fee includes refreshments and lunch during the day. Accommodation is not included and must be booked separately. Concessions available

Course structure

The course will consist of lectures supported by videos, worked examples, case studies as well as design software demonstrations and laboratory sessions. You will physically hear and feel pumps running at off design conditions which help to reinforce the importance of pump and systems interaction. All delegates will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the course.

What you will learn

The Pumps and Pumping Systems course will enable you to:

  • have a comprehensive knowledge of pumping technology, principles and design
  • gain a thorough understanding of  interactions between equipment and  the effects of operation
  • confidently carry out a systemic hydraulic analysis of  a simple pumping system
  • specify and select the most appropriate pump for a given application.

Core content

  • System Analysis: Steady and Transient Analysis of Simple Network and Bulk Transfer Pipelines
  • Pump Principles and Design: Rotodynamic and Positive Displacement Machines
  • Pump Operation: Steady State Pump and System Matching, Flow Control
  • Pump Selection: Testing and  Standards
  • Drives: Electric Motor, Turbine and other Drives, Matching Drives to Pumps
  • Flow Control Valves: Principles, Selection and Sizing
  • Case Studies: Pump Intake, Bulk Transfer System
  • Demonstration of System Analysis Software
  • Demonstration of Pump Performance and Operation in a Laboratory

Who should attend

The course will be of particular interest to engineers employed in the process industries (including oil and gas, water and power) who are involved in pump system design, pump and equipment selection. It will also benefit those who work in operation and maintenance of pumping systems. Those with an engineering or applied science degree will receive the most benefit from the course or those with relevant industrial experience.



10% discount applies if booked 8 weeks in advance. 10% discount for 3rd and subsequent delegates from the same company/site.

Accommodation options and prices

This course is non-residential. 

Accommodation is available at Mitchell Hall which is located on campus. All rooms are en-suite and bookings are on a half-board basis from Sunday to Friday. If you would like to book accommodation for this short course at Mitchell Hall, please indicate this on the registration form and we will arrange this for you.

Alternatively, you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world.

For further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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