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Boiler Control Systems Engineering (ES15)

This course covers boiler components and their purpose. The course also explains the ISA symbols used in boiler control, how to identify the engineering and control of boilers using these symbols, and a method of presenting the engineering. Topics covered include: defining the control and ratio control fundamentals, feed forward control, feed forward plus feed back control, cascade control, ratio control, and how they are implemented in boiler control. Also reviewed are control concepts, proportional control, proportional plus reset control, and proportional plus reset plus derivative control; what they are; and how they are used. Flame detection methods, including the advantages of each method, are also covered.

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Classroom (ES15)

Length: 3 days 
CEU Credits: 2.1

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Jerry Gilman, the developer and instructor of the popular ISA training ES-15 “Boiler Control Systems Engineering” and ES-16 “Burner Management Systems Engineering” gives an overview of the topics that are addressed in the courses.  In addition, he talks about the boiler control simulator that is used in class to provide a hands-on control experience of running a live boiler that is configured to meet the NFP fire protection code and ISA77 series standards. Gilman is also the author of the ISA book, Boiler Control Systems Engineering, Second Edition.

"This course gives [me] a good overall understanding of how boilers are controlled and the steps to develop that control."
~Brian Rychener, Electrical Engineer

You will be able to:

  • Identify the benefits of improved boiler process control and savings from improved efficiency
  • Develop proper control systems documentation
  • Apply principles and methods for flow and level measurements to improve boiler operations
  • Specify appropriate strategies for flow, level, and pressure control
  • Explain how to tune boiler control systems
  • Implement analyzer measurements for improving boiler efficiency
  • Analyze basic control loops required for boiler operation
  • Apply control concepts such as cascade, ratio, and feedforward control for boiler control
  • Specify appropriate safety system interlocks
  • Evaluate process requirements for writing instrumentation specifications

You will cover:

  • Basic Control Loops: Loop Requirements Based on New Boilers | Loop Control for Adding an Additional Fuel | Piping and Instrumentation Diagram (P&ID) for Boiler
  • Combustion of Fuels: P&ID for Natural Gas | P&ID for Fuel #2 Oil and #6 Oil | P&ID for Pulverized Coal
  • Fuel Gas Analysis: Types of Analyzers | Analyzers for Control
  • Steam Supply and Firing Rate Demand: Control Single Boiler and Multiple Boilers | Steam Temperature Control
  • Feedwater Control Systems: Level | Flow | Process Dynamics
  • Boiler Draft Systems: ID and FD Fan | Process Dynamics
  • Combustion Control: Cross Limiting Control | Control Single and Multiple Fuel Systems | Running Fuel Changes | Process Dynamics
  • Improving Operations with Computers and Analyzers: Running from Graphics | Energy Management | Control Trim for Analyzers
  • Emerging Technologies: Using DCS Systems 

Classroom/Laboratory Exercises:

  • Develop P&IDs for gas, oil, and pulverized coal
  • Review methods of efficiency calculations 
  • Use PC software to simulate boiler start-up and drum level control 
  • Tune a boiler control system for maximum efficiency

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Combo Pricing: 
  • ISA Member: 2,700 USD
  • Non-member: 3,380 USD
Related Course: Burner Management Systems:Design & Engineering per NFPA Codes and ISA Standards (ES16

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