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Centrifugal Pumps: Testing, Design, and Analysis (Virtual Classroom)

Understand and apply key principles, design methods, and analysis strategies related to centrifugal pumps for piping systems and pipelines.

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Centrifugal Pumps: Testing, Design, and Analysis (Virtual Classroom)
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  • Feb 14-16th, 2023




This course runs from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM and 2:00 PM  to 6:00 PM Eastern, with breaks scheduled throughout.


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This course focuses on the hydraulic principles of centrifugal pumps, as well as the interaction between a pump and a pipeline.  It covers a review of fluid mechanics, the modified Bernoulli equation applied to piping systems, the energy equation applied to pumps and piping systems, energy loss in a pipeline and in fittings.  Class discussion also includes pump selection process, pump performance measurements, the specific speed-efficiency relationship, affinity laws, the effect of pipeline diameter on required pump size, and net positive suction head.

Participants will learn to use one dimensional flow theory to design an impeller, to design a volute, and to predict how pumps behave in series and in parallel. Also covered is a prediction of critical rotational speed of a pump shaft, shaft stresses, disk stresses, keyway stresses, and more.

You Will Learn To

  • Explain how to calculate radial and axial forces on impeller
  • Calculate shaft deflection and bearing loads, shaft and key stresses
  • Describe approximate head, capacity and efficiency values even before you have made a final pump selection
  • Calculate the effects on pump performance of viscous liquids
  • Identify the pumps to select for operation in series or parallel

Special Requirements
Participants are required to bring a calculator, a flex or French curve, and divider to each class session.

Course Materials
You will receive downloadable spreadsheets with calculations and downloadable PDFs of the course presentation.

Who Should Attend
This course is tailored to people who have some pump knowledge and are seeking a deeper understanding of how centrifugal pumps work, and when and how to apply this knowledge.  It benefits those who are involved in some facet of pump design or application, or those who are interested in pursuing a career in these areas. Participants should have a degree in engineering and some work-related experience with pumps or equivalent experience in the pump field. 

This ASME Virtual Classroom course is held live with an instructor on our online learning platform. Certificate of completion will be issued to registrants who successfully attend and complete the course.

This course is included in the following combo:
Pump Design, Selection & Sizing for Optimum Performance Combo Course (Virtual Classroom)
Fundamentals of Pumps and Valves and Their Selection for Optimum System Performance (Virtual Classroom), Centrifugal Pumps: Testing, Design, and Analysis (Virtual Classroom)
Price if purchased separately: $1590
You save: $595
List Price: $995

Topics Covered:


  • Examples of Pump Installations
  • SI and Engineering unit systems
  • Review of fluid mechanics
  • Derivation of friction factor equations
  • Flow in Circular Pipes
  • Flow in Annular Ducts
  • Calculation of pressure loss in a pipeline due to friction
  • Calculation of pressure loss due to minor losses
  • Minor loss tables and calculations
  • Equivalent length
  • Moody diagram
  • Curve fit equations for the Moody diagram
  • Types of Valves
    • Flow through a valve
    • Valve categories
    • Advantages and disadvantages of types of valves

 Description of Types of Pumps

  • Reciprocating diaphragm pumps
  • Reciprocating piston pumps
  • Gear pumps
  • Lobe pumps
  • Screw pumps

Centrifugal pumps

  • Testing of centrifugal pumps
  • Performance curves for centrifugal pumps
  • Derivation of dimensionless groups for centrifugal pumps
  • Affinity laws for pumps
  • Specific speed and how it is used to correlate data
  • Pump efficiency
  • System curve for a piping system
  • Pump selection using the system curve
  • Best practices

 Analysis of centrifugal pumps

  • Velocity Diagrams for flow through a centrifugal pumps
  • Derivation of Euler’s equation for turbomachines
  • Application of Euler’s equation to predict pumping power

 Designing a centrifugal pump impeller

  • Selecting inlet and outlet vane angles
  • Vane layout drawings using Kaplan triangles
  • Vane layout drawings using tangent circular arcs

Designing a centrifugal pump volute

Effect of pipeline diameter on pressure losses
Series and parallel pumps

Critical speed of a rotating shaft

  • Vibrational effects

 Shaft stresses

  • Bending stresses
  • Axial stresses
  • Torsional stresses

Disk stresses

Economic factors


William S. Janna, Ph.D.


Dr. William S. Janna is a retired Professor of Mechanical Engineer at the University of Memphis. He earned his BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Toledo.

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