PUMP SCHOOL TRAINING PROGRAM - hands-on learning pumps projects
Pumps-101 (Basic) and Pumps-201 (Advanced)
Program (Laboratory Experiments) Undergraduate and Graduate Currently Offered Projects (full semester, afternoon and evening classes):
Contact Dr. Nelik (+972-50-865-0451 or DrPump@PumpingMachinery.com) to register for the course(s) and/or projects. Training includes hands-on work with pumping systems loops, utilizing measurements, utilizing measuring tools, modifications and updating loop setups, along with theoretical understanding of the underlying principles. A written report is required by the students upon project completion. A Certificate of Graduation is Presented.
The program is available for practicing industry professional as well as college undergraduate and graduate students. The yearly program consists of two semesters, with weekly 2-hour classes for the duration of the semester. The program envelopes theory with hands-on exercises, reassembly of the centrifugal and positive displacement pump internals to become fully familiar with the internal construction and functional importance of all elements (impeller, casing, shaft, bearings, seals, etc.). The scope of the program is based on the Basic-101 (first semester) and Advanced-201 (second semester): http://www.pumpingmachinery.com/pump_school/course_description/course_description.htm with material broken evenly over the course of the two semesters. The students can select projects based on the availability, with some of the currently available projects listed below. New projects periodically are added or modified.
The classes are conducted in English with some interaction in Hebrew, and some fundamental knowledge of English is helpful. The cost of the study is 4500 nis (shekels) per semester for the industrial attendees and 1500 nis for the students currently actively enrolled in a college program. Classes are each Tuesday 17:00 pm to 19:00 pm in order to accommodate those with a full time job schedules. However, some flexibility is possible as coordinated with the instructor, particularly wit regard to the laboratory projects and thesis work.
Note: projects (listed below) are subject to availability depending on sign-up students group size.
1. Pumps performance projects: hand-on work with an enclosed pumps-to-piping loop. Measurements of pressures, flow, power, and constructing Head-Capacity, Power-Capacity, and Efficiency curves. Compare with theoretical calculations. Field trips to relate laboratory scaled model testing with the full size industrial operating pumps.
2. Cavitation study project. Live operation of centrifugal pumps under cavitating regimes. Constructing NPSHR curves. Visualization of cavitation and comparison to the effects of air injection on performance, versus classical cavitation.
3. Vibration analysis of operating pumps to detect: unbalance, misalignment, cavitation, looseness, foundation effects. Overall vibrations trending versus FFT spectral analysis.
4. Alignment of pumps to motors - hands-on exercises.
5. Abrasive wear in pumps: laboratory experiments with comparative weight loss due to wear under adverse operating fluids (solid particles included in liquid) against various materials (carbon steel, stainless, duplex, composites, and similar materials)
6. Pumps Efficiency and Energy consumption - Data Acquisition System, testing in local and remote regimes, with live construction of performance and comparison with theoretically predicted. The activity is certified by the Ministry of Energy of Israel, for the official measurements of pumps efficiency in the field in Israel.
7. Computer Simulation and numerical solution for the hydraulic problems with pumps and piping. Includes geometry CAD construction of piping system, determining flow regime (laminar, turbulent), applying boundary conditions, solution and post-processing. Comparing results to the actual laboratory testing, and applying examples to actual industrial piping installations of pumping systems. Becoming familiar with ANSYS fluid flow and mechanical/structural numerical programs.
Program Advisory Committee:
Dr. Lev Nelik, P.E., Pumping Machinery, Program Chairman
Michael Benjamin, Mekorot
Michael Bixon, Israeli Electric Power Company (Hevrat Hashmal)
Maty De-Haas, Berlin Technologies
Oleg Kalashnikov, Dead Sea Works
Asaf Hemi, Rotem Amfert
Israel Lev, Paz Refinery - API topics, Israel
Menahem Weiss, Dead Sea Works