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The Top 5 Must-See Guide to TPS 2015

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The Top 5 Must-See Guide to TPS 2015

Following a successful event in 2014, the 44th Turbomachinery & 31st Pump Symposia is promoting this year’s event as TPS 2015 (#TPS_2015). TPS serves as the premier training and networking opportunity for professionals in both pump and turbomachinery industries. The event combines a world-class program with an international exhibition hall, attracting more than 6,000 people and more than 300 exhibiting companies.

The Symposia runs Sept 15-17, 2015 with short courses presented in conjunction with the symposia on Sept 14. It’s not too late to register at There are several registration types ranging from full symposia, day pass, free exhibit hall and a student pass, which is available at no charge to engineering students. Individuals on active military duty will receive a complimentary full symposia pass upon presenting the appropriate identification. Those interested in registering for this option should contact Jeannie Galindo at

The 2014 event attracted 6224 visitors, 343 exhibiting companies and 88 technical sessions with 50 countries represented. Participation of exhibiting companies for 2015 has already exceeded previous records. The 2015 program features 85 sessions, including 18 case studies, 19 lectures, 20 tutorials and 28 discussion groups.

Please be sure to stop by and visit the Empowering Pumps (Booth #1203) and Empowering Valves (Booth #1205) teams. Please also plan to attend my presentation on the TurboStage.  Click here for details!

It is our pleasure to present to you our Top 5 Must-See Guide for #TPS_2015.


  1. Boerger #1207Börger GmbH celebrates its 40th company anniversary this year. On this occasion, the mechanical engineering company opened its doors for customers and interested citizens. Several thousand visitors from all over the world came to the anniversary celebrations in Weseke.
  2. Dickow Pump Company #1312Dickow Pump Company has produced pumps globally for more than 100 years. Our pumps are working steadily and dependably in all corners of the globe. A technical world leader in magnetic drive pumps, Dickow holds many patents, is ISO 9001 certified, and is a supplier-partner of major chemical companies.
  3. LUDECA #2328LUDECA provides alignment and vibration training on site and at its state-of-the-art Miami Training Center. It also supplies high-end engineering consultation services. The company takes pride in its customer service. All repairs are performed on a 24-hour turnaround, or a free loaner system is provided to the customer upon request.
  4. Netzsch #1029NETZSCH Pumpen & Systeme GmbH has a broad range of different pump types available, from the progressing cavity pump via the rotary lobe pump and on to the multiple screw pump. There are now more than 150,000 NETZSCH pumps in use at chemical companies around the world.
  5. Precision Polymer Eng. #2542 –Precision Polymer Engineering (PPE) designs, develops and manufactures high performance elastomer O-rings and sealing components for various industries including pumps and valves.


  1. Network with industry professionals. Meet with more than 5,500 turbomachinery and pump professionals gathered together in one location.
  2. Learn about new technologies. Attend lectures to learn about cutting-edge technologies that have been successfully field-tested.
  3. Have questions answered on the spot. Whether it is a troubleshooting question for a vendor, or a question to an expert about the effectiveness of condition monitoring on rotating equipment, there is an outlet for you to get usable answers.
  4. Leverage your training budget. Choose from more than 80 technical sessions. With this many options there is something for everyone.
  5. Talk to the experts. Benefit from face-to-face interactions with industry experts who will lead the technical program and with company representatives in the exhibit hall.


  1. Find solutions to existing problems. Participate in a discussion group, a forum to address problems attendees bring and find solutions through dialogue.
  2. Bank on a history of success. Every year, industry experts return to this event because of the proven professional benefits.
  3. Gather information for upcoming purchases. The exhibit hall features full-size equipment and knowledgeable representatives ready to talk about your business needs.
  4. Benefit from an event designed with you in mind. TPS is developed for the industry, by the industry. An advisory board, comprised of leading experts from more than 50 companies, selects the program specifically to address industry needs.
  5. Tap into the ‘Energy Capital of the World.’ Houston is home to more than 5,000 energy-related firms, and it has a broad industrial base in the energy, aeronautics, and technology industries.


  1. Oil & Gas
  2. Chemical/Petrochemical
  3. Mining/Minerals
  4. Water
  5. Power


  1. Executives – Presidents, CEOs, Owners
  2. Executive Management – VPs, CFOs, Directors
  3. Managers – Account, Engineering, Sales
  4. Sales – Directors, Managers, Representatives
  5. Technicians/Service Representatives


  1. High Viscosity Test Of A Crude Oil Pump

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 10:30 a.m. – noon

Fabien Cerru, Brigitte Le Fur (CETIM), Cato Knutsen Moe (Eureka Pumps)

Location Level Three, 370D

A full scale high viscosity pump performance test was performed for a 2-stage vertically suspended (VS1) API610 pump. Official test scope included performance and high viscous start-up test at min flow.

  1. Acid Gas Removal Optimization With Energy Recovery

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Andrea Gains-Germain, Prem Krish, Max Shirazi (Energy Recovery)

Location Level Three, 370D

This session is intended for gas processors who want to learn about how to optimize the energy efficiency and reliability of acid gas removal through the novel use of a turbocharger-based hydraulic pumping system. Through a reliability, availability and maintainability (RAM) study, the system has been found to perform with three times the reliability of a tradition pump used in acid gas removal.

  1. Pump Case Study Session 1B – Location, Level Three, 370F

Thursday, Sept. 17, 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

The Effect of Impeller/Cutwater Clearance on Pump Vibration

Lyn Greenhill, Valerie Lease (DynaTech Engineering, Inc.), Ali Rozati (CD-adapco, Inc.)

Unacceptably high overall vibration on a vertical centrifugal wastewater pump was determined to be caused by excessive vane pass forced excitation.  As part of a cavitation analysis, a CFD (computational fluid dynamics) study also showed high fluid velocities at the volute cutwater, which had a very low 3% B-gap.

Piping Load Effect on Shaft Vibration in Multi-Stage Barrel-Type Boiler Feed Pump

            Maki M. Onari (Mechanical Solutions, Inc.), Gary Kraft (Hydro-Tex Dynamics, Inc.), Keith Munn (AEP Welsh Plant)

Since 2009, a steam turbine driven boiler feed pump (TDBFP), installed in 1974 at a coal-fired power plant located near Pittsburg, TX, had been reported to have high shaft vibration (6+ mils pk-pk) at the pump inboard bearing (IBB), but mostly in the X direction (this pump has tilting-pad bearings with 7 to 9 mils diametral clearance).

  1. Pump Case Study Session 2A – Location, Level Three, 370D

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, 10:30 a.m. – noon

Torsional Analysis Challenges of a Centrifugal Pump Train

Niklas Sehlstedt, Niels Peter Pauli (Lloyd’s Register Consulting)

A firewater pump on an offshore installation exhibited shaft failure during commissioning due to excessive torsional response. A model of the pump string was updated based on torsional measurements and used to select the necessary modification to the pump string.

Circulating Water Pump Resonance

            Monroe Voyles (ITT Goulds Pumps), Ryan Utara (ITT PRO Services)

Foundation degradation resulted in reduced stiffness. A structural natural frequency was lowered near 1x operating speed. Tightening soleplate studs resolved vibration issue.

  1. Discussion Group P11/Panel Session: Subsea Pumps and Drivers

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.


Bob Heyl (Chevron retiree)

Pierre-Jean Bibet (Total E&P)

Thom Eldridge (Shell)

Thomas Kyander (One Subsea)

Ron Adams (Sulzer Pumps)

Roland Maurischat (Leistritz)

Nickolas Necker (EagleBurgmann)

John Byeseda (Cameron)

David Harrold (FMCTI)

TPS 2015 is organized by Turbomachinery Laboratory, part of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES). The Turbomachinery Laboratory is a center of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), located in College Station, Texas. Founded in 1971, the Turbo Lab conducts theoretical and applied research on the reliability and performance of turbomachinery – rotating machinery that extracts or adds energy to fluids. Turbo Lab faculty and staff are proud to continue Texas A&M’s land-grant charter and tradition of answering industry needs in basic and applied research, undergraduate and graduate education, and continuing education and professional development. Its numerous activities are sponsored by both industry and government agencies. The Turbo Lab’s acclaimed Turbomachinery and Pump Symposia (TPS) is held annually in Houston, and its sister event, the Asia Turbomachinery and Pump Symposia, biennially in Singapore. Both feature a world-class exhibit hall and cutting-edge technical program.

As an engineering research agency of Texas, TEES performs quality research driven by world problems; strengthens and expands the state’s workforce through educational partnerships and training; and develops and transfers technology to industry. TEES partners with academic institutions, governmental agencies, industries, and communities to solve problems to help improve the quality of life, promote economic development, and enhance educational systems. TEES, a member of the Texas A&M University System is in its 100th year of engineering solutions.

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