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Pressure Drop in Piping and Pump Applications

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5 hours
149.80 USD
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Course description

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In Pressure Drop in Piping and Pump Applications, you'll learn ...

  • How to estimate pressure drop of incompressible fluids inside pipes
  • How to select pumps and understand the impact of different configurations
  • How to determine flows, pressure drops and power requirements across parallel pipes in a system
  • How to estimate NPSHa values for pumps


Credit: 5 PDH

Length: 47 pages

In this course you’ll learn how to calculate pressure drop in a piping system and how to use those calculations to develop a system curve of the piping system. You’ll learn how system curves are plotted against manufacturers’ published pump curves to find the actual operating point of a piping/pump system.

You’ll learn how to develop composite system curves for a system that has a set of parallel pipes and how the combination of these two systems will operate individually and as a whole. You’ll also learn how to analyze systems where two pumps are operating concurrently – both in series and in parallel. Finally, you’ll learn how to calculate the available NPSH for a piping system. Equations are developed throughout the course to solve problems analytically.

This course includes a simple review of some essential and basic concepts from the previous course in fluids “PIPE SELECTION AND FRICTION LOSS CALCULATION”. In this course we will cover problem solutions to more complex problems using some basic excel tools. These tools allow the student to experiment with the problem variables and gain a better understanding of the whole system.

In the previous course “PIPE SELECTION AND FRICTION LOSS CALCULATION” the focus was to be able to understand and calculate pressure drops and power requirements across only single pipes under different situations. This new course expands on the same concepts and adds new pipe / pump systems, which are a better representation of real case scenarios.

A Microsoft Excel computerized pressure drop calculator program is included with this course. The calculator is designed so that no macros are used and in most cases, can be used with Google Sheets and Excel Online applications.

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Certificate of Completion

You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 25 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.

Training content

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • System curves
  • Parallel pipes: flows and pressure drops and power requirements across systems
  • Pump curves
  • Combination pump / pipe system curves
  • Pump affinity laws and the impact of these laws on the complete system
  • Pumps in parallel and pumps in series
  • Evaluation of available NPSH values for pumps


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