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Construction and operation of pumps for nuclear power plants

National Research Nuclear University MEPhI via Coursera


Pumps are widely used in industry, agriculture and in public utilities. However, it is in power engineering that pumps find the widest range of applications.
The technological systems of nuclear and thermal power plants involve transferring large quantities of fluids with different physical and chemical properties at different pressure and temperature. Thus, safe and reliable operation of power units depends largely on reliable pump operation.
The offered online course contains six modules and 22 lessons. It focuses on the following: “Brief historical outline of pump development ", "Classification and design of pumps", "The main nodes of pump design", "Pump stage theory ", "Pump characteristics", "Pump operation in the system".
The course will be helpful for students majoring in Power Engineering and for power plant personnel who want to deepen their knowledge in the main equipment and components of power-generating facilities.


  • Pump History
    • Module 1 gets the students familiar with pump history. You will learn the history of the development of pumps and features of the use of pumps in the power industry.
  • Classification and construction of pumps
    • In this module you will get acquainted with the classification of pumps, their principle of operation, design and installation.
  • The main nodes of the pump design
    • In this module you will be introduced to the main components of the pump design: casings, inlets, taps, rotors, seals and bearings.
  • Pump stage theory
    • In this module, you cover topics such as basic operating parameters, centrifugal pump stage theory, forces exerting on the impeller, cavitation and stage theory of axial flow pump.
  • Pump characteristic
    • In this module you will look at the various pump characteristics: theoretical and real.
  • Pump operation in the system
    • This final module is about the specifics of pumping on a network. In it you will consider pump operation in the system, flow rate regulation and pump instability.

Taught by

Slobodchuk Victor Ivanovich and Rabotaev Vladimir Grigorievich

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