BOSpulse Foundations

Pulsation Analysis

About the course

This course equips engineers with fundamental knowledge of pulsations in piping systems and demonstrates how to assess them according to API 618 and API 674 codes. It is designed for professionals engaged in acoustic and mechanical design for piping related to reciprocating equipment. Participants gain a solid theoretical foundation in pulsation analysis and become adept at conducting code-compliant assessments using BOSpulse.
The course delves into effective mitigation techniques for excessive pressure pulsations, providing detailed guidance on analyzing these mitigations with BOSpulse. Participants will gain a thorough understanding of dampener configurations, bottles, and other pressure suppression methods using BOSpulse.
Upon completing this course, you will be a confident BOSpulse user with expertise in sound design practices and the analysis of water hammer phenomena in piping systems.

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Self-Paced / E-Hybrid / Classroom


9 modules

5 hours


1 Year Access

Selected Course Format


700 / user
  • Self-learning modules
  • Immediate module access
  • Online discussion forum
  • Live sessions with instructor
  • 1-year access
  • optional 1-month full BOSpulse license (€250)
  • For individual learning


950 / user
  • Drip scheduled self-learning modules
  • Online discussion forum
  • Live sessions with instructor
  • 1-year access
  • optional 1-month full BOSpulse license (€250)
  • For individual learning and teams


Price on request
  • Face-to-face with instructors
  • On-site or in Rijswijk
  • Lunch included
  • Printed course materials
  • 1-year access to self-paced course
  • BOSpulse license included for training days
  • For teams of minimum 4 people

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Course Objective

“To enable BOSpulse users to have a good understanding of the software and the backgrounds associated with API 618 & API 674 pulsation analysis.”

Course Contents

  1. Welcome & Your instructor

  2. Content Overview

  3. How to use this course

  4. Personal Certificate requirements

  5. Questions Forum

  1. Introduction and Agenda

  2. Potential problems with pressure pulsations

  3. Physical concepts of pressure pulsations

  4. Cyclic unbalanced forces due to pulsations

  5. Pressure pulsations due recipocating equipment

  6. Acoustic Resonance Part 1

  7. Acoustic Resonance Part 2

  8. Pulsation and vibration control

A sample of the first module is available for free, so you can learn more about the teaching style and understand if the course fits your needs.

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  1. Introduction and Agenda

  2. Setting up your model in BOSpulse

  3. Using scenarios in BOSpulse

  4. General workflow in BOSpulse

  5. Elements in BOSpulse

  6. Boundary Conditions in BOSpulse

  7. Analyses in BOSpulse

  8. Reviewing results in BOSpulse

  9. Tools an databasis in BOSpulse

  10. 3D viewer in BOSpulse

  1. Pressure pulsations due to reciprocating compressors

  2. Computational model of reciprocating compressors

  3. Flow variations due to pressure pulsations

  1. The BOSpulse solver Overview

  2. Steady State solver in BOSpulse

  3. Transient Solver in BOSpulse

  4. Harmonic Solver in BOSpulse

  5. Which solver to use in BOSpulse

  6. Calculation routine for API studies

  7. Adjusting solver settings in BOSpulse

  8. Fluid models in BOSpulse

  9. Acoustic length versus geometric length

  10. Introduction & Agenda Modelling reciprocating systems

  11. Multi-cylinder compressors in BOSpulse

  12. Multi-piston pumps in BOSpulse

  1. Introduction & Agenda

  2. API 618 code guidelines for pulsations from compressors

  3. Pulsation limits as per the API 618

  4. API 674 code guidelines for pulsations from pumps

  5. Running an API 618 analysis in BOSpulse

  6. Running an API674 analysis in BOSpulse

  7. API analysis results in BOSpulse

  1. Pulsation control methodologies

  2. Simple bottles to reduce pulsations

  3. Bottles with choke tubes to reduce pulsations

  4. Gas filled damper (pumps) to reduce pulsations

  5. Orifice plates to reduce pulsations

  1. Introduction & Agenda Pipe stress interaction

  2. Pipe stress interaction with BOSpulse

  3. The structural module in BOSpulse

  4. Exporting shaking forces from BOSpulse

  5. Using the forces in CAESAR II

  1. Structural analysis in BOSpulse

  2. Modeling structures in BOSpulse

  3. Analyzing structures in BOSpulse

  4. Structural analysis results in BOSpulse

  1. How to load PCF files into BOSpulse

  2. Loading ISOtracer models into BOSpulse

  3. Setting up a bottle with choke tubes into BOSpulse

  4. Spherical resonator model into BOSpulse

  5. Viewing model results into BOSpulse

  6. Importing model geometrie in BOSpulse

  7. Exporting models from BOSpulse

  1. Congratulations

  2. Course evaluation survey

  3. Your Personal Certificate

  4. Rate this course

  5. Related resources

  6. Follow up

Program Details


  • Video lectures

  • Video demonstrations

  • PDF Exercises

  • Exercise answers in video-demonstrations

  • BOSpulse model files for download

The majority of training material are videos. These are not available for download, but can be accessed directly with your account on the portal. Software models associated with the demonstrations are available for download.

You receive 1-year unlimited access to the course. This allows you to perform modules again when you need to refresh knowledge for your work projects.

We encourage participants to submit feedback and questions in the Questions forum of the course. These are answered directly in the forum or form the basis for new videos that are added to the online course.

Participants receive 1-year unlimited access to the course including new videos that are added during this year. Participants receive an email notification upon addition of new course videos.

An active BOSpulse license is required for this course. A 1-month full BOSfluids license can be purchased as an add-on to the course once the course is added to your shopping cart. For more details see the course fee overview below.

Please contact us for questions on this matter.

Yes, this course qualifies for PDH hours as per the NCEES CPC Guidelines.

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