Lawrence J. Marchetti, P.E.

Course Outline

This 3-hour course utilizes US Department of Energy training materials (DOE-HDBK-1018/1-93, Mechanical Science, Vol. 1, Module 3) to describe the purpose, construction, and principals of operation for centrifugal and positive displacement pumps.

This course includes a True-False quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will:

Course Introduction

In almost any nuclear, chemical, or mechanical system, fluid must be transported from one place to another. Centrifugal and positive displacement type pumps are used to transfer fluid from one place to another. A basic understanding of the theory, characteristics, and mechanical components of centrifugal and positive displacement pumps are essential to understanding how they function and operate.

The course content is generic in nature. Specific information on a particular heat exchanger should be obtained directly from the manufacturer.

Course Content

The the course content is in a PDF file DOE-HDBK-1018/1-93, Mechanical Science, Vol. 1, Module 3. You are required to study Module-3.

Module-3 Pumps contains three (3) sections:

a. Centrifugal Pumps
b. Centrifugal Pump Operation
c. Positive Displacement Pumps

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Course Summary

Pumps are utilized as a primary means of fluid transport between two or more locations and are employed in numerous applications including nuclear, chemical, and mechanical systems and processes. Engineers involved in the application, and selection of centrifugal and positive displacement pumps require a basic understanding of pump theory, operational characteristics, and components. The following course will provide the fundamental framework for this knowledge.

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