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General Principles of Pumping Station Layout

John Huang, Ph.D., PE and John Poullain, PE

This two-hour online course provides general guidance and principles that should be considered and evaluated during the design and layout of flood control pumping stations. The principles are necessary to produce an economical, efficient and dependable pumping station. The general principles for pumping station design and layout for sumps, types of discharge and arrangements, types of pumps, types of sumps along with environmental, power and access considerations are discussed. The course covers a wide range of pumping station features: types of pumps, pumping station floor elevations, sump sizes, discharge pipe elevations, siphons and emergency closures. At the conclusion of this course the student will be familiar with the general principles that determine the location, site selection and various types of pumping stations and understand the basic pump station auxiliary equipment such as cranes, trash rakes, fire protection and heating and ventilation.

You are required to study the US Army Corps of Engineers Manual, “General Principles of Pumping Station Design and Layout”, EM 1110-2-3102 (1995 Edition, 33 pages), PDF file. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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