How to Review a Pulsation Study

About the course

Pulsation studies can result in quite elaborate and complex reports with large output data sets. To the non-specialist it may feel like you are being confronted with difficult recommendations to which you should adhere, yet it is unclear how these were concluded based on the large “black box of data” which is submitted by a pulsation specialist. You may therefore think that you need to be a subject matter expert to review pulsation reports. Whilst this is partly true, there are significant parts of these studies that you can review for yourself, even if you are not an expert.
In this course, it is shown which steps a non-specialist can undertaken in reviewing a pulsation analysis. It is shown which topics should be present in a pulsation report and how they relate to the conclusions and recommendations. How to evaluate the robustness of the results in the pulsation study is explained, and to illustrate how to validate these, the BOSview software suite is used. The topics in this course include how to review the chapters in the pulsation analysis report about pumps and compressors, dampers, piping geometry, pulsation levels and mechanical vibrations. 
Important note: This course does not cover pulsations and vibrations fundamentals or details of how to conduct the different design analyses per API618/API674.
This course contains 4 online modules based on video content and demonstrations in BOSview. An example model is explained for each subject that is discussed.
You receive 1-year unlimited access to the course. This allows you to perform modules again, should you need to refresh your knowledge for your work projects.

Selected course format


Price on request
  • Face-to-face with instructors
  • On-site or in Rijswijk
  • Printed course materials
  • Lunch included
  • For teams


220 / user
  • Self-learning modules
  • Online discussion forum
  • Live sessions with instructor
  • 1-year access
  • For individual learning

Course Objective

To explain what the non-specialist reviewer or project lead should focus on when reviewing a pulsation analysis study.

Program & Details

  1. Welcome to the course
  2. Your instructors
  3. How to use this course 
  4. Personal Certificate requirements
  1. Scope
  2. Why is a Pulsation study important?


Start Preview

  1. Pump/Compressor
  2. Example of reviewing Compressor
  3. Damper
  4. Example of reviewing pulsation suppression device
  5. Piping geometry
  6. Example of reviewing piping geometry
  7. Pulsations
  8. Example of reviewing pulsation results
  1. Fatigue failures
  2. Understanding mechanical vibrations
  3. Example of reviewing mechanical results
  1. Pulsation aspects
  2. Mechanical aspects
  3. Results


After this course, you…

  • are able to perform a concise review of a pulsation study to verify that the study meets the minimum quality levels.

  • understand the important aspects of a pulsation report.

  • know how to utilize BOSview to review pulsation study results.

  • can identify potential issues that should be reviewed by an expert.

  • can ensure that the documentation of a pulsation analysis is complete, enabling an in-depth review when required.

Intended for

  • Pulsation and vibration engineers who want to know how BOSview can be used as supplementation to standard documentation.

  • Non-specialists who have received pulsation and vibration study results from a third party.

  • Project managers involved with the acquisition of pumps and compressors.

Prerequisites and level

  • Affinity with industrial plants. Knowing how and why pulsation studies are performed is an advantage, but definitely not a must.
  • Level: Intermediate


  • Video lectures

  • Video demonstrations

The majority of training material are videos. These are not available for download, but can be accessed directly with your account on the portal. Apart from quizzes the exercise files can be downloaded. These can include .pdf files with the exercise questions, software models or other file types. You receive 1-year unlimited access to the course. This allows you to watch content again if this is beneficial for your work projects.

No, it is not possible to ask questions to the instructor. It is possible to submit comments and ideas for new topics and modules.

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.

No software is required for participants of this course.

If your computer and internet connection is able to play videos online (YouTube) you will be able to follow the course. Note that almost all browsers are supported, except for Internet Explorer.

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

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