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Piping System Assessment & Optimization

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The Piping System Assessment and Optimization seminar instructs attendees on how to evaluate energy consumption within your piping systems. With the main purpose of identifying ways of improving system reliability and reducing maintenance cost, capital cost, and operating cost. The seminar is based on the recently approve Energy Assessment for Pumping Systems Standard (ASME EA-2-2009). In addition, the seminar expands on the standard to provide you with an easy to follow method for performing system assessments and optimizations.

The course length is three days. Class starts at 8:00 AM each day and ends at 5:00 PM with a break for lunch. Example problems are provided so bring a calculator if you want to test out your new skills. Laptops are also recommended for using the provided electronic worksheets.

Day 1

During the first day we build a solid foundation of knowledge needed to understand the system approach of performing a Pumping System Assessment. If you have been to the Piping System Training two-day course, this will be a little bit of a review, but with a focus on the Assessment Process

Day 2

During the second day of the seminar well look how to develop an optimization method to employ the various steps needed to successfully complete a pumping system assessment. A pre-screening exercise is conducted to evaluate various piping systems to prioritize them according to potential energy savings, and an example assessment is presented to demonstrate the assessment and optimization method.

Day 3

During the third day with you will gain hands-on experience in performing Assessment Exercises using the knowledge gained during the seminar. After reviewing the system and conducting a system walkthrough with the instructor, you break up into groups to perform a system assessment and consider a variety of system optimization options. At the conclusion of each exercise, each groups conclusions will be appraised to further drive home the learning experience.

Who Should Attend

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This seminar is ideally suited for engineers interested in developing an energy assessment and optimization plan for pumping systems. This includes individuals involved in developing a comprehensive corporate energy conservation program, as well as individuals at the plant level involved in carrying out a local energy assessment and optimization plan. 

Since the cornerstone of the pumping system assessment is to operate the equipment efficiently, this seminar is ideal for individuals responsible for operating and maintaining piping systems. Running the system more efficiently reduces the operating cost as well as the maintenance costs. In addition, many of the areas covered in the assessment can be easily applied to developing troubleshooting techniques for pumping systems.

Class Outline

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The course length is three days. Class starts at 8:00 AM each day and ends at 4:30 PM with a break for lunch. This training is worth 24 Professional Development Hours.

Energy flow in piping systems
Why optimize a piping system?
Energy losses in a piping system
Industry and government resources
Developing an optimization method
DOE case studies of successful optimization

Energy Assessments
ASME Energy Assessment for Pumping Systems standard
Assessment levels
How to organize a plant assessment
Prescreening your systems
System walk-through
Data collection
Analyzing plant data
Solutions to excessive energy use
Reporting and documenting

Motors and Drives
Motors as an energy conversion device
Energy loss in a motor
Motor efficiency standards
Motor power equations
Motor and drive calculation worksheet
Variable speed drives
VFD efficiency

Centrifugal Pumps
Theory of operation
NPSH and cavitation
Pump performance curve
Pump power equations
Energy loss in a pump and pump efficiency
Calculating pump operating cost
Pump affinity rules
Options for optimizing pump operation
Cross-validating pump and motor data
Pump calculation worksheet

Energy Losses in Pipelines
Forms of hydraulic energy and energy loss
Bernoulli Equation
Converting pressure to head
Calculating fluid velocity
Head loss calculations for pipes, valves, and fittings
Cost of head loss
Options for reducing head loss
Pipeline calculation worksheet

Control Valves
Types of control valves
Energy profile through a valve
Flow coefficient equation
Control valve characteristics
Calculating the cost of throttling
Control valve calculation worksheet

The Piping System
Types of piping systems
Hydraulic performance of piping system devices
Component calculation worksheet
Use and limitations of the system resistance curve
System static and dynamic head
Understanding system process requirements
Effect of over-sizing equipment in a system
Methods of controlling a system
Cost comparison of control methods

Solutions for Excessive Energy Use
Reducing system static and dynamic head
Reducing system flow rates
Reducing system run times
Modifying system equipment and configuration
Replacing inefficient equipment

Developing an Assessment and Optimization Method
Prioritizing systems by prescreening
Conducting a system walk through
Data collection and analysis
Identifying inefficient operation
Developing options for system optimization
Economically justifying optimization projects
Implementing system optimization
Monitoring and reporting results

Assessment Exercises
System assessments
System description
Maintenance and operational histories
Load profile & utility rates
Detailed equipment descriptions
Current operating conditions
Data collection and analysis
Identify high energy costs
Identify solutions
Economically justify solutions

What's Included

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ASME standard EA-2-2009, Energy Assessment for Pumping Systems:

This ASME Standard is included with your course materials with the cost of the course, a $35 dollar value. ASME standard EA-2-2009 covers pumping systems including pump(s), driver, drives, distribution piping, valves, sealing systems, controls, instrumentation, and end use equipment such as heat exchangers.  Our course is based on this new standard and you will find this booklet to be a helpful reference tool in addition to the principles covered in the assessment course.

Comprehensive Course Workbook:

To maximize the value of your learning experience during and after the training course, your extensive course manual has been designed with many useful guidelines and key points of information covered in the course, including all slides shown in the presentation.

You will find this manual to be an excellent resource for retrieving concepts taught during the seminar and applying them back on the job.

2.4 Continuing Education Credits:

2.4 Continuing Educational Units (CEU) or 24 Professional Development Hours will be awarded to course participants.

Course Certificate:

At the conclusion of the training course, you will be awarded an attractive Certificate of Completion with course content description included for confirmation of your continued education credits.