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Fundamentals of Pumps and Valves and Their Selection for Optimum System Performance (Virtual Classroom)

Learn the fundamentals, selection, installation, operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of pumps and valves.

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Fundamentals of Pumps and Valves and Their Selection for Optimum System Performance (Virtual Classroom)
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  • Oct 25-28th, 2022


  • Mar 28-31st, 2023



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ASME’s Combo Course Packages are curated groupings of our most popular live courses across a common topic, use case, or industry. Enroll in the Pump Design, Selection & Sizing for Optimum Performance Combo Course and save $595.

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

This course covers the nature of pumps and valves and how they interact for optimum system performance.   The course discusses the requirements necessary for the selection of pumps and valves. It is structured in a sequence, starting from basics to detailed discussion of various aspects of both pumps and valves. It is designed to help participants develop a full understanding of how pumps and valves work, covering selection, installation, operation, maintenance, and trouble shooting.

This course covers topics, such as the flow of fluids (e.g., calculating the flow of fluids and pressure drop), the selection of centrifugal pumps, and the selection of positive displacement pumps. It also discusses types of valves, flow characteristics of valves, and the best practices in installation, measurement of flow rate in closed conduits; calibration methods for Venturi, Orifice, and elbow meters; and operation and maintenance.

During the course participants receive guidance in making cost-effective decisions on the sizing of a pipeline diameter and tips for avoiding poor system operation. The course also discusses how centrifugal pumps are selected according to a procedure of matching the system curve of the pipeline to the pump performance curve. It also discusses positive displacement pumps, types of valves and pumps, and a valve selection guide.

You Will Learn To

  • Calculate the pressure loss in a pipeline due to friction for circular and noncircular ducts
  • Determine the pipe diameter that minimizes first plus operating costs of a piping system
  • Generate a system curve for a pipeline
  • Identify the testing methods used to obtain a performance map for a centrifugal pump
  • Employ the system curve to select an efficient centrifugal pump
  • Explain how to predict when cavitation will occur and identify the necessary steps to avoid it
  • Explain how to use dimensional analysis to correlate experimental data for a pump
  • Explain how the specific speed is determined
  • Apply affinity laws to predict off-design behavior for a pump
  • Identify types of positive displacement pumps
  • Examine common methods of measuring flow rate in a pipeline
  • Identify the types of meters available for flow rate measurement
  • Generate calibration curves for venturi, orifice, and elbow meters
  • Describe the different types of valves that are commercially available
  • Explain how to select the correct valve for a piping system
  • Identify and avoid problems by selecting the correct valve
  • Explain how to install, operate and maintain valves
  • Describe the process of diagnosing and troubleshooting valve problems


Course Requirements

Participants are required to bring calculators, French or Flex curves, and dividers.

Course Materials
Learners receive downloadable spreadsheets with calculations and downloadable PDFs of the course presentation, and a chapter from the textbook, Introduction to Fluid Mechanics, 6th Edition, by Dr. William S. Janna. 

The instructor recommends that learners purchase the Introduction to Fluid Mechanics, 6th Edition textbook.

Who Should Attend
This course is designed for design engineers, process selection engineers, procurement personnel, project engineers, quality personnel, operation & maintenance engineers, and inspection engineers in the power and process industries.

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.

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About the Instructor

Dr. William S. Janna is an emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Memphis. He earned his BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Toledo. He has taught at the University of Memphis for 32 years, serving as Department Chair and as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies. Previously, Dr. Janna worked at the University of New Orleans for 11 years; serving four years as Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department. Dr. Janna has written three textbooks: Introduction to Fluid Mechanics, 6th Edition, Engineering Heat Transfer 3rd Edition, and Design of Fluid Thermal Systems, 4th Edition.  He has been a contributing editor to several handbooks and has authored numerous research papers.  Dr. Janna served as a textbook reviewer for Applied Mechanical Reviews and has taught Economics of Pipe Size Selection in the ASME Professional Development Program.


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