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Understanding Net Positive Suction Head

Randall W. Whitesides, PE

Students of this four-hour course will be provided with an introduction to one of the important aspects of proper pump selection: Net Positive Suction Head. This course will review the various aspects of Net Positive Suction Head, including centrifugal pump operation fundamentals, liquid vapor pressure, specific gravity, absolute pressure, and cavitation. Examples of pumping systems, complete with hydraulic analytical solutions, are provided to aid in the understanding of the presented material. Additional and interesting hydraulic facts are randomly interspersed throughout the course. 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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