Compressors and Compressed Air Systems

Course Number: M-6017
Credit: 6 PDH
Subject Matter Expert: A. Bhatia, Mechanical Engineer
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Overview

In Compressors and Compressed Air Systems, you'll learn ...

  • Various types of compressors; their applications, advantages and limitations
  • Various types of system controls - their pros and con
  • How control systems are matched to the needs of the users
  • The key components of compressed air systems and learn how each component functions

Overview

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Credit: 6 PDH

Length: 112 pages

Compressed air has many applications in industry. Delivering compressed air to a manufacturing facility is an expensive operation and it requires costly equipment that consumes significant amounts of electricity and needs frequent maintenance. Roughly 80 to 90 percent of the electricity used to operate compressed air systems is converted to low-temperature waste heat. This lost energy can quickly add up, each year costing individual facilities as much as double the purchase and installation cost (first-cost) of the entire system. The ideal time to think about your compressed air system is before it is installed.

Air Compressors deserve independent treatment due to many reasons. There is a wide choice of different types of compressor designs, each operating at different efficiencies and suitable for specific applications. The type of compressor decided upon has direct implications on the lifetime energy costs. Also the decision as to a single compressor of large capacity versus multi-compressor installation where each compressor has a smaller capacity than the demand influences the possible energy savings considerably.

This six-hour course provides comprehensive information on compressed air systems. This course is relevant to anyone needing to know more about compressed air production and use, relevant health and safety issues, legislation and energy efficiency. Previous knowledge of the subject is not required.

Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Various types of compressors; their applications, advantages and limitations
  • Various types of system controls - their pros and con
  • How control systems are matched to the needs of the users
  • The key components of compressed air systems and learn how each component functions
  • The air storage, air drying, piping, filtration and air cleaning methods
  • The limits of dew point suppression in refrigerant and desiccant dryers
  • The different types of filters and how coalescing filters benefit in removal of lubricant and moisture
  • The difference between SCFM, ICFM and ACFM
  • The pros and cons of single loop verses ring main systems
  • How to quantify and select the appropriate compressor for base and trim demand
  • What features to specify and what information to seek when making a compressed air proposal
  • The compressed air system assessment procedure and energy audit methodology
  • The common losses in compressed air systems and the ways to conserve energy
  • The routine maintenance schedule for air compressors
  • A generic checklist for energy efficiency in compressed air systems
  • The engineering formulas and technical relationship between compressor motor power-draw and process variables
  • Learn by example the method for evaluating compressed air costs

Certificate of Completion

You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 30 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.

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