The basic hydraulics and pump performance Course

13 - Basic hydraulics and pump performance

Get an introduction to the basics of hydraulics so you can better understand and monitor pump performance. Although the examples presented refer to water systems, the course is relevant for other applications.

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Course overview

Modules: 5
Completion time
Completion time: 18 minutes
Difficulty level
Difficulty level: Basic
This course is part of a learning track
This course is part of a Learning Track

Course overview


Basic Hydraulics

Introduction to hydraulics in water pumping systems and the relationship between flow, head and energy.

Understanding Friction Loss

Learn about the causes and effects of friction loss.

Cavitation and its effects on pumps

Learn about the causes and effects of cavitation and how to avoid it.

Calculating pump efficiency

Learn how to monitor and calculate pump performance by using the three parameters—flow, pressure and power consumption.

Reasons for reduction in pump performance

Identify the reasons that can cause a reduction in pump performance.

Test your knowledge

Answer a few questions to test what you've learned