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Pump Curves/Applications: Installation & Troubleshooting

Course length: One day
Available as a condensed course: No
Maximum number of students: N/A
Instructor: Gene Vogel, EASA Pump & Vibration Specialist

The most common machine to be driven by an electric motor is a pump. Centrifugal pumps are by far the most common devices for moving industrial liquids of all types. A thorough understanding of the design, implementation and maintenance of centrifugal pumps is essential for those working in the electric motor repair industry. This one-day seminar provides the practical knowledge service center personnel need to address customers’ pump-related motor issues, and the broader opportunities for pump maintenance, system optimization and energy savings.

Partial List Of Topics

  • Using pump curves to evaluate pump applications
    • What is a centrifugal pump?
    • Centrifugal vs. PD pumps
    • Centrifugal impeller design
  • Pump parameters
    • Flow
    • Press & head
    • Pressure & head
    • Efficiency/power relationship
  • Head/flow curves
  • Multi-trim curves
  • Efficiency curve
  • Power curve
  • Cavitation
    • Causes of cavitation
    • Affects of cavitation
  • Controlling pumps with variable speed
  • Matching pump performance to applications
  • Series and parallel pumps
  • Positive displacement pump relationships
  • Pump installations
    • Piping concerns
    • Foundations and bases
    • Shaft alignment
    • Startup precautions
  • Troubleshooting
    • Measuring pump performance
    • Isolating pump, system and fluid problems
    • A simple troubleshooting flowchart


  • Chapter/Region fee (+expenses): $2300 + $45/student
  • Member company fee (+expenses): $3700 + $60/student
  • Nonmember fee (+expenses): $5400 + $65/student
  • (Additional fees may apply if travel time exceeds 5 hours. Contact EASA for details.)

Schedule a private seminar

To schedule a private seminar for your group, contact:

Dale Shuter, CMP
Meetings & Expositions Manager
+1 314 993 2220, Ext. 3335

Hosting requirements

In addition to the seminar fees, the seminar sponsor will be responsible for:

  • All seminar promotion involved
  • Breaks (if provided)
  • Meeting room (approx. 1,000 square feet)
  • Instructor's travel and living expenses
  • Audio/visual equipment
  • Shipping costs of materials
  • Meals (if provided)