Pump & Compressor Considerations for Chemical Process Engineers

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Pump & Compressor Considerations for Chemical Process Engineers

Discover what is in the types, hydraulics and operation of pumps and compressors for chemical process engineers

updated on icon Updated on Dec, 2023

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Lectures -59

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Duration -3 hours


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Course Description

Pumps and Compressors Masterclass," tailored to those fascinated by the intricacies of process engineering. This combined course uniquely focuses on the operation, hydraulics, curves, and process control of pumps and compressors, offering a simplified understanding.

Pumps have been the heart of any plant as they are the main equipment used to guarantee the required process flow or pressure. Pumps are used extensively in oil and gas, chemical, and petrochemical industries to pump different fluid types at various pressures and temperatures.

Without a pump or if there is a problem in the pump operation, this can cause a huge process disturbance, and in some cases, this may lead to process shutdown.

Sizing the pumps and their suction and discharge systems is one of the major carried-out activities by process engineers during process design. This course will not just explain the theory of operation of a pump against the process. 

We will see live examples where we shall calculate main pump requirements such as:

  1. Net positive suction head (NPSH)

  2. Differential head

  3. Hydraulic power

This will be through Excel sheets that will be provided in the course to teach you how to calculate these parameters. You shall have access to pump calculation sheets throughout the course.

In this course, we shall also see:

  1. How the pump curve works and how to plot it against the system curve. 

  2. How the pump and process system interact with each other and how the pump responds and interacts with process changes or disturbances. 

  3. The difference between the pump curve of a centrifugal pump VS a positive displacement pump. We shall also see how each of them interacts with the discharge system differently.

  4. Different control methods to make sure we are on the required pump operating point. 

  5. Different pump configurations, how to operate the pumps in series and in parallel, and how this is reflected on pump curves.

Compressors are the main equipment used to transfer gases and raise their pressure. They are used in many different applications. You'll see compressors in the oil and gas industry, whether in midstream or in downstream refineries, in petrochemical plants and in many other chemical processing applications.  

Compressors are relatively expensive compared to other pieces of equipment in a process plant. That’s why it is always important to understand their types, how they work, their main issues, and how to overcome them.

This course will try to cover the main compressor principles. We shall see how each of these principles works in the case of both centrifugal and reciprocating compressors.

We shall see how compressing gases which are compressible differs a lot from pumping incompressible liquids.

We shall go through dynamic compressors and their types, then positive displacement compressors and their types. This shall be through comparisons showing the advantages and disadvantages of each type.

In this course, We shall see how the compressor curve works and how to plot it against the system curve for both dynamic and positive displacement types. 

We will see how the compressor and the process system interact with each other and how the compressor responds and interacts with process changes or disturbances. 

We shall go through compressor surge, its effects, and best practices to avoid it.

We shall see different control methods to make sure we are on the required compressor operating point. This shall also include both centrifugal compressors and reciprocating compressors.


What will you learn in this course:

Let's discover what we shall learn through this course:

  1. Main differences between pumps and compressors
  2. Main compressor types
  3. How pump curves work and get the operating point against system curve
  4. Performance curves of both dynamic and positive displacement compressors
  5. Surge scenario and best practices to avoid it
  6. Compressor stonewall
  7. Difference between the operation of a centrifugal pump and positive displacement
  8. Pump control methods
  9. Dynamic compressor methods of control
  10. Reciprocating compressor methods of control
  11. Operation of pumps in series and in parallel
  12. When to use more than one stage of a compressor
  13. Calculate pump available NPSH and make sure that we are avoiding pump cavitation using solved examples
  14. Estimate pump differential head based on process needs and discharge side resistance using solved examples
  15. Calculate pump power


What are the prerequisites for this course?

Basics of engineering and fluid mechanics

Pump & Compressor Considerations for Chemical Process Engineers


Check out the detailed breakdown of what’s inside the course

2 Lectures
  • play icon Introduction 03:33 03:33
  • play icon Pumping liquids vs compressing gases 01:41 01:41
Pump and Compressor Types
7 Lectures
5 Lectures
Concept of differential pressure / head
5 Lectures
Performance Curves
4 Lectures
Main Compressor Operational Issues
5 Lectures
Dynamic Compressor Control
5 Lectures
Pump Control Methods
4 Lectures
Reciprocating Compressors Control
5 Lectures
Series vs Parallel Configuration
6 Lectures
Pump Calculations
8 Lectures
Pump Horsepower
3 Lectures

Instructor Details

Boostrand Training

Boostrand Training

Boostrand Training is dedicated to introducing courses aiming to help chemical engineers start their career in Process Engineering.

With a chemical engineering background and more than 8 years of experience as a process engineer in oil and gas projects, including in Refining, Petrochemicals, Gas Processing, and Oil Facilities, Boostrand Training hopes it can help new graduates understand how these projects work and how units are designed throughout my courses.

Through coding knowledge, Boostrand Training also aims to introduce the concept of automation of tasks of a process engineer through tools that depend on programming.

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