Slurry Pumping in the Phosphate Industry

Slurry Pumping in the Phosphate Industry

Course Objectives

RIPR-pic Presented in conjunction with the Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research Institute. Co-sponsored by Georgia Regents University Professional and Community Education.

With FIPR funding, we conducted pump and pipeline studies on a variety of phosphate industry slurries ranging from dilute waste clay through conventional tailings to high concentrate ore. The project uncovered methods for achieving significant energy savings for solids transport pumping and ways to reduce capital and maintenance costs.

This web course captures the major findings of the FIPR projects, builds on our industry and training experiences, and provides useful guidelines and tools for increasing pumping efficiency. Whether you are a mine manager or engineer, a pump designer or operator, or a maintenance technician, this web course will sharpen your skills, improve your technical competency, and help you increase your company’s bottom line. See below for a list of instructors.

Successful completion of the course is demonstrated through a grade of 80 percent or higher on the final exam.

Students who successfully complete the course will be awarded 0.6 CEUs (6PDH) for 6 hours (1 CEU = #Hours/10) provided through GRU Professional and Community Education.

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Teaching Staff

Graeme Addie, P.E., MIE (Aust)

Graeme Addie graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and served as Vice President of Engineering, Research & Development for KSB from 1980-2010. His accomplishments include the establishment of the KSB Hydraulic Lab, ground-breaking developments in computerized methods for pump selection and slurry wear analysis, and numerous advancements in slurry pump and pipeline technology, including six patents and co-authorship of more than 100 technical papers. He is also co-author of the well known textbook and design reference: "Slurry Transport Using Centrifugal Pumps."


Reab Berry

During his 50+ year career with KSB as mechanical engineer and slurry pump expert, has worked on design, testing, sales, selection, installation and troubleshooting of slurry pumps and systems. Using knowledge garnered from hands on experience in the phosphate, coal, iron ore, nickel and copper industries, he has helped companies in the U.S., Australia, Canada, Europe, South Africa, and Indonesia solve their most mindboggling slurry pumping problems.


George McCall III, P.E. 

Manager of the KSB Hydraulic Lab, George has worked in testing, research, and development for more than 20 years and has 8 years experience in the pump industry. A graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, he holds bachelors and masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering and is a Professional Engineer.


Dr. Anders Sellgren 

A professor of water resources engineering at Luleå University of Technology in Sweden, has over 25 years of international experience in research, development, and design of various slurry pumping systems. He has published numerous papers and is a co-author of the book "Slurry Transport Using Centrifugal Pumps."


Dr. Harry H. Tian 

KSB’s Director of Metallurgy and Materials R&D, Dr. Tian holds a Ph.D. in metallurgical and materials engineering from the University of Alabama. He has 21 years of experience in research, teaching and industry, and has published numerous technical papers in national and international journals and conferences. Dr. Tian has been with KSB since 1992.


Robert Visintainer, P.E.

Vice President of Engineering, Research & Development for KSB, Robert has worked in the design, testing, sales and manufacture of centrifugal pumps since 1981, with special focus on slurry wear prediction methods and all aspects of slurry pump hydraulic and mechanical design. A graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, he holds degrees in Physics and Mechanical Engineering.