Private & Custom Courses

Private & Custom Courses Held at Your Facility 

In addition to our Professional Development Courses that are scheduled each year, Concepts NREC also offers standard courses that can be taught at your facility. These private courses are a cost-effective way to train your team on fundamental topics in turbomachinery.

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Available Private Courses

Turbine Design and Analysis

April 13 - 20, 2022 (online 9:30am - 1:00pm EDT)                                         

Course Fee: $2100

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This course covers the selection, design and analysis of turbines. Thermodynamic requirements are discussed, then methods for choosing the right turbine for the application are described, followed by a look into preliminary design and design optimization tools. Aerodynamic design features and methods of achieving high efficiency, life assessment, durability, and the causes of failure in both axial and radial stages, are taught, as well as state-of-the-art methods of numerical optimization, and the process for productionizing a turbine.

Materials

Participants receive a copy of Axial and Radial Turbines written by Hany Moustapha, Mark F. Zelesky, Dr. Nicholas C. Baines, and Dr. David Japikse. This textbook will be used in the course. Please be sure to include your current shipping address for fastest delivery. If you already own this book, let us know at registration and we will subtract the cost.

Schedule

 

Turbomachinery Core Fundamentals - Compressors

May 3 - 5, 2022 (online 9:30 am - 12:45 pm EDT)

Course Fee: $1200                                                                                       

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Recommended for all engineers!! Recent mechanical and aero engineer graduates with a very strong background in fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, boundary layer theory, and turbomachinery courses may not need this intensive review. We recommend all engineers to use this intensive 'boot camp' review to revitalize their foundation of basics prior to taking an advanced course for compressors, especially those taught by Concepts NREC staff.

Topics include the Essentials of Turbomachinery Design, Dimensional Analysis, Scaling, and Similitude; Principles of Structural Analysis; Boundary Layer Growth, Stability, and Range for compressors.

Flexible online delivery with live instructor lectures. Take this course and receive 15% discount when combined with registration for our advanced compressor course: Centrifugal Compressors: Improving Design for Better Performance (May 2022).

Materials

Participants receive a copy of Introduction to Turbomachinery written by Dr. David Japikse and Dr. Nicholas C Baines. This textbook is a durable reference of lasting value to all turbomachinery engineers and will be used in the course. Please be sure to include your current shipping address for fastest delivery. If you already own this book, let us know at registration and we will subtract the cost.

Lead Instructor

Dr. David JapikseDave Japikse
Dr. Japikse is the CEO and Founder of Concepts NREC, the world’s leading full-service turbomachinery design and development organization. Dr. Japikse received his B.S. in Engineering from Case Institute of Technology, his M.Sc. and Ph.D. Degrees in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University and conducted post-doctoral research as a Fulbright Scholar/NSF Fellow at the Technische Hochschule in Aachen, Germany. He has received extensive recognition for his work in the design of pumps, compressors, and turbines, as well as the development of design tools.

A recipient of the 2010 Henry R. Worthington Medal for eminent achievement in pumping machinery, as well as other prestigious awards, he is also an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering. Dr. Japikse has also authored/edited ten books and written/presented 300+ reports on turbomachinery design and development.

Other guest lecturers will also present on specific topics throughout the week.

 

Centrifugal Compressors — Improving Design for Better Performance & Cost

May 16 - 27, 2022 (online 9:30am - 1:00pm EDT)                                         

Course Fee: $3500

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Detailed understanding of the aerodynamic behavior and structural integrity of centrifugal compressors is essential to meet competitive market needs. The student will learn the basic phenomena occurring in inlets, impellers, diffusers, volutes, and return channels. The entire development and design process from 1D to 3D viscous methods is taught with live examples while stressing preliminary cycle work, velocity triangle optimization, blade loading considerations, viscous flow-field analysis, and structural analysis. Special emphasis is placed on surge, choke, design methodology, laboratory development, and model development. Students work a sample evaluation problem, and all lectures are given by internationally renowned authorities.

A major advance in understanding has been achieved in the Diffuser Consortium; the impact on stage distortion and possible effects on the design process will be discussed. Grooved covers (Patent no. 8,926,276 B2) and Super Diffusers will also be mentioned as part of the changing fabric of compressor design and performance.

Program Overview

Introduction to Centrifugal Compressors Impeller Flow Analysis

  • Introduction to impeller flows
  • Secondary flows
  • Impeller modeling and design possibilities
  • Impeller exit velocity profiles
  • Loss analysis

Diffuser Design

  • The role of the diffuser in compressor performance
  • Vaneless diffusers
  • Cascade (airfoil) diffusers
  • Channel (wedge) diffusers
  • Design applications and modeling

Stress and Vibration Analysis

  • Causes of failure
  • Blade and hub steady stresses
  • Creep
  • Fatigue failure
  • Life estimation

Additional Stage Components

  • The compressor inlet
  • Volute
  • Collector
  • Return channel

Stability and Range

  • Review of steady stall
  • Rotating stall in centrifugal compressors
  • Surge
  • Range extension and variable geometry

Systematic Design and Optimization

  • Design overview
  • Design optimization strategies
  • Design tools: meanline, blade generation, and CFD

Experimental Development

  • The reasons for testing
  • Designing a test program
  • Compressor test facilities
  • Power and efficiency measurement
  • Instrumentation

Design Examples

A selection of centrifugal compressor design examples will be used to illustrate the various steps in the design process, including meanline design and analysis, impeller blade design, rapid loading and streamline curvature analysis, and CFD analysis.

What You Will Learn

This course provides a comprehensive survey of the design and analysis of centrifugal compressors. The objective of the course is to provide participants with:

  • An overview and familiarization of the design and operation of the complete machine, and individual components of the machine
  • A guide to the technology database that underpins and guides all design and analysis procedures
  • A familiarization of the best design practices at all levels, from basic machine selection to the detailed aerodynamic and mechanical design of all components
  • A guide to the different types of computer-based analysis tools available, and the applicability of each
  • An exposure to state-of-the-art design practices
  • An understanding of how to achieve the best compromises between efficiency, range, cost, life, and durability.

This course has been taught for more than 39 years, and many hundreds of engineers in the compressor industries have benefited from it. During that time it has been continuously revised to reflect the latest understanding and best practices, including examples of actual design practice. Special emphasis is placed on impeller and diffuser interaction and design as a result of recent investigations. A recent innovation is to include examples of actual design practice. Attendees will observe, discuss, and participate in real-time design examples guided by the instructors, taking specifications and developing compressor designs to the point where prototype machines can be manufactured and tested.

Materials

The course materials have been developed over many years and are regularly reviewed to ensure that they are kept up to date. Course fee includes the textbook, Centrifugal Compressor Design and Performance, written by Dr. David Japikse. If you already have the book, let us know at registration and we will subtract the cost from your fee.

Instructors

Dave Japikse

Dr. David Japikse
Dr. Japikse is the CEO and Founder of Concepts NREC, the world’s leading full-service turbomachinery design and development organization. Dr. Japikse received his B.S. in Engineering from Case Institute of Technology, his M.Sc. and Ph.D. Degrees in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University and conducted post-doctoral research as a Fulbright Scholar/NSF Fellow at Technische Hochschule in Aachen, Germany. He has received extensive recognition for his work in the design of pumps, compressors, and turbines, as well as the development of design tools. A recipient of the 2010 Henry R. Worthington Medal for eminent achievement in pumping machinery, as well as other prestigious awards, he is also an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering. Dr. Japikse has also authored/edited ten books and written/presented 300+ reports on turbomachinery design and development.

Other guest lecturers will also present on specific topics throughout the week.

 

Turbomachinery Core Fundamentals - Pumps

September 20 - 22, 2022 (online 9:30 am - 12:45 pm EDT)

Course Fee: $1200                                                                                       

Register Now

Recommended for all engineers!! Recent mechanical and aero engineer graduates with a very strong background in fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, boundary layer theory, and turbomachinery courses may not need this intensive review. We recommend all engineers to use this intensive 'boot camp' review to revitalize their foundation of basics prior to taking any advanced courses for pumps, especially those taught by Concepts NREC staff.

Topics include the Essentials of Turbomachinery Design, Dimensional Analysis, Scaling, and Similitude; Principles of Structural Analysis; Boundary Layer Growth, Stability, and Range for pumps.

Flexible online delivery with live instructor lectures. Take this course and receive 15% discount when combined with registration for our advanced pump course: Centrifugal and Axial Pumps – Modern Design, Performance and Problem Solving (October 2021).

Materials

Participants receive a copy of Introduction to Turbomachinery written by Dr. David Japikse and Dr. Nicholas C Baines. This textbook is a durable reference of lasting value to all turbomachinery engineers and will be used in the course. Please be sure to include your current shipping address for fastest delivery. If you already own this book, let us know at registration and we will subtract the cost.
 

Lead Instructor

Dr. David JapikseDave Japikse
Dr. Japikse is the CEO and Founder of Concepts NREC, the world’s leading full-service turbomachinery design and development organization. Dr. Japikse received his B.S. in Engineering from Case Institute of Technology, his M.Sc. and Ph.D. Degrees in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University and conducted post-doctoral research as a Fulbright Scholar/NSF Fellow at the Technische Hochschule in Aachen, Germany. He has received extensive recognition for his work in the design of pumps, compressors, and turbines, as well as the development of design tools.

A recipient of the 2010 Henry R. Worthington Medal for eminent achievement in pumping machinery, as well as other prestigious awards, he is also an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering. Dr. Japikse has also authored/edited ten books and written/presented 300+ reports on turbomachinery design and development.

Other guest lecturers will also present on specific topics throughout the week.

 

Centrifugal and Axial Pumps — Modern Design, Performance, and Problem Solving

October 17 - 28, 2022 (online 9:30 am - 1:00 pm EDT)                         

Course Fee: $3500USD

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This course is designed to help engineers design, test, and run pumps and systems that are more efficient, more economical, and more reliable. Engineers will come to understand the best state-of-the-art design practices and learn the latest theories on performance, cavitation, dynamic forces, and noise. The course will review the latest advances in design tools and will provide expert and relevant instruction to designers on pump design optimization. Nearly half of all the teaching is focused on actual commercial design cases with measured data for confirmation.

The course begins with an extensive survey of the current technology base for pump design, covering impellers, diffusers, volutes, and other flow elements. The limitations on pump operation and range, due to stall and other instabilities, are described. Special attention is given to problems and design issues specifically associated with pump flows, namely, cavitation, unsteady flow, and vibration. The analysis of stress and vibration in centrifugal pumps will be covered in detail.

Emphasis is placed on modern methods available to the pump designer for blade layout and design, using flexible geometric techniques associated with hydrodynamic loading calculations and the computational fluid dynamic (CFD) analysis of pump flows. The advantages and limitations of such analyses are reviewed thoroughly by the instructor.

What You Will Learn

  • Where the pump design process begins
  • What the trade-offs are in any design process
  • What challenges face today’s pump designers, as related to fluid dynamics, mechanical behavior of pump operation, and performance legislation
  • How to redesign for improved product competitiveness
  • How modern design techniques can improve performance and reduce engineering costs
  • How to interpret performance data
  • How advanced computer software can be used to improve the process of pump design and selection
  • What unusual pump performance problems are being studied today
  • How to effectively use CFD in modern design

Materials

Participants receive a copy of Centrifugal Pump Design and Performance by David Japikse. This textbook is a durable reference of lasting value to all pump engineers and will be used in the course. Please be sure to include your current shipping address for fastest delivery. If you already own this book, let us know at registration and we will subtract the cost.

Lead Instructor

Dr. David JapikseDave Japikse
Dr. Japikse is the CEO and Founder of Concepts NREC, the world’s leading full-service turbomachinery design and development organization. Dr. Japikse received his B.S. in Engineering from Case Institute of Technology, his M.Sc. and Ph.D. Degrees in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University and conducted post-doctoral research as a Fulbright Scholar/NSF Fellow at the Technische Hochschule in Aachen, Germany. He has received extensive recognition for his work in the design of pumps, compressors, and turbines, as well as the development of design tools.

A recipient of the 2010 Henry R. Worthington Medal for eminent achievement in pumping machinery, as well as other prestigious awards, he is also an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering and the Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering. Dr. Japikse has also authored/edited ten books and written/presented 300+ reports on turbomachinery design and development.

Other guest lecturers will also present on specific topics throughout the week.

 

2022 Online Course Schedule

Turbines Design and Analysis

 

April 13 - 20, 2022

$2,100 USD

 

Turbines Design and Analysis

 

April 13 - 20, 2022

$2,100 USD

 

Turbines Design and Analysis

 

April 13 - 20, 2022

$2,100 USD

 

Turbines Design and Analysis

 

April 13 - 20, 2022

$2,100 USD

 

Turbines Design and Analysis

 

April 13 - 20, 2022

$2,100 USD

 

Concepts NREC Develops, Manufactures, and Sells its Own Products

In addition to contract manufacturing complete turbomachinery products for customers, Concepts NREC manufactures and sells specialized turbomachinery products that serve well-defined niche applications.

These products are jointly developed with customers who first establish a market need for a new or improved technology. Concepts NREC then supplies the development expertise to turn their specification into a successful product. However, rather than just providing services for a fee, development costs are shared, enabling Concepts NREC to establish additional applications and markets for the product and generate noncompetitive sales. The results allow development costs to be amortized over larger production quantities, and both companies further benefit by producing a better product at a lower cost.

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Proven Expertise

The full power and benefit of our turbomachinery design & manufacturing software suite is realized when the various modules are used together. The suite seamlessly transfers information between modules with the click of a button, saving time and eliminating the possibility of transfer errors. It also facilitates easy transfer at any step of the process to all major CAD formats and other third-party CFD and FEA packages.
 
Final designs can then be easily imported into our industry-leading CAM software, MAX-PAC, to create efficient 5-axis machining solutions.
 
Our integrated design and manufacturing software tools provide designers with a cost-effective, concurrent development approach that balances issues of performance, reliability, cost-effectiveness, and manufacturability.
 
 
 

Agile Products Support (APS)

APS is Concepts NREC’s software maintenance and support program that elevates us from just a software provider to a valued partner. 

An APS subscription is included with all annual licenses and is a highly-recommended option for perpetual software licenses. Every software customer is supported for one month following purchase for any installation questions that may arise. Learn more on the Agile Products Support Membership Benefits Datasheet

  • Free software updates
  • One business day response times
  • Expert technical assistance
  • Major discounts on software workshops
  • Discounted professional development course
  • Annual balloting system for development planning
  • Annual Meetings

Manufacturing Brochure

Our specialty is manufacturing prototypes and short production runs of your most challenging turbomachinery parts on our 5-axis CNC machines.

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Custom Courses

Concepts NREC can also custom design a course to suit your exact training needs. We can provide instruction across a broad range of topics including basic fluid mechanics, thermodynamic principles, structural and vibration analysis, computational fluid dynamics, and advanced materials. Please email info@conceptsnrec.com to start a conversation.

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