Vacuum Technology: Process and Design

Classroom Training


When vacuum process technology meets steel making, it typically faces challenges when it comes to the real knowledge of operational and maintenance personnel on the matter. This course will help you master the basics of vacuum pump design, be them based either on steam ejectors or dry mechanical pumps.

The course analyzes the metallurgical process requirements to design a proper vacuum system: gases definition, calculation, the safety factor and process dynamics are the key aspects to determine the pump. In other words, data processing, in all aspects, is the foundation to build the mechanism of the vacuum pump.

Basic mechanical model definition is the first stage of the design of a vacuum pump. Then comes the economic and benchmarking evaluation which is also an important part of the preparation of a technical specification. “Make or Buy” is the next thing. Pump installation and start-up are also demonstrated, using examples of previous installations.

The last part of the course is dedicated to the operation and maintenance of the pump, indicating all typical aspects of failure analysis, maintenance planning, among others. Future and market trends close this section.


Process engineers, metallurgists, process operators as well as programmers and administrators


  • Introduction to vacuum technology
  • Vacuum pump steam ejectors
  • Dry mechanical vacuum pump
  • Auxiliary plants related to different pumps
  • Basic of pump design: metallurgical process analyses
  • Vacuum plant installation and start-up
  • Vacuum plant operations
  • Vacuum plant maintenance
  • Plant performance measurements
  • Steelmaking metallurgy vs. technical solution
  • Trends and future of the technology

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