TPS 2019

Turbomachinery and Pump Symposia offers rotating equipment education

Image courtesy of TPS.
Image courtesy of TPS.

The 48th Turbomachinery and Pump Symposia (TPS) will be at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Sept. 10–12. 

TPS offers a forum for the exchange of ideas between rotating equipment engineers and technicians worldwide. Now surpassing 47 years, TPS is known for its impact on turbomachinery, pump, oil and gas, petrochemical, power, aerospace, chemical and water industries through two pathways: the exhibition and the technical program.

The Symposia is organized by the Turbomachinery Laboratory, part of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) and The Texas A&M University System.

The centerpiece of TPS is an exhibit hall that hosts leading international companies from across the globe. Companies and industry experts demonstrate full-size equipment and products, and share insights on current practices and future trends. 

The event will stretch out over 216,000 square feet with 365 exhibiting companies from 45 countries. Organizers expect 4,750 people to attend. 

Educational sessions

TPS also hosts a professional continuing education program relied upon by rotating equipment engineers and technicians worldwide, spanning oil and gas, petrochemical, power, aerospace, chemical and water industries. The program — consisting of short courses (which begin Monday, Sept. 9), case studies, discussion groups, lectures and tutorials — is hand-picked by two advisory committees, and is made up of recognized leaders in the turbomachinery and pump communities. Topics include maintenance, reliability, troubleshooting, instruction on emerging designs, technology and best practices that include case studies with real-world relevance on problems-solved and lessons-learned.

Short course topics include:

  • Vibration Problems and Solutions in Pumps and Turbomachinery
  • Lateral Rotordynamics of Petrochemical Equipment — Review, Examples and Problems
  • Vibration Problems and Solutions in Pumps and Turbomachinery
  • Lecture topics include: 
  • Direct Head Measurements for Turbomachinery Design
  • Cavitation Sensing and Optimization in Rotary Positive Displacement Pumps for Transfer Duties
  • Sand Management and Erosion Prediction in Subsea Multiphase Pumps

Tutorial topics include:

  • Dry Gas Seal Failure Simulation Methodology
  • Fundamentals of Fluid Film Thrust Bearing Operation and Modeling
  • Methods to Determine and Specify Pump Dynamic Analysis

Case study topics include: 

  • Catastrophic Failure Diagnosis with Modal Analysis of Generator Endwindings
  • Valve Seat Failure on Steam Turbine
  • Acoustic Resonance in a Progressive 
  • Cavity Pump

Discussion group topics include:

  • Turbomachinery Bearings and Annular Seals
  • Improving Mean Time Between Pump Failures
  • Vertical Pump Problems and Solutions 

The proceedings for TPS will be available to the public at no cost six months after the event at Event registration is now open. 


Tues., Sept. 10, 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

Wed., Sept. 11, 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

Thurs., Sept. 12, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.

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