Steam Systems Survey to Improve Energy and Efficiency (1.2 CEUs)

Venue: Delta Toronto Airport West

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Event Date/Time: Dec 10, 2012 / 8:00 am - (EST) End Date/Time: Dec 11, 2012 / 4:30 pm - (EST)
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This course covers various design and performance aspects of industrial and commercial steam systems with particular focus on some of the major opportunities available to improve their energy efficiency and productivity. This includes calculation procedures required to determine the savings opportunities. Instructions are provided for depicting individual steam systems with procedures to estimate the fuel costs and operating characteristics of a facility along with identifying improvements in energy efficiency that translate to operational cost savings.


This program is designed for end users at the energy manager, steam systems supervisor, engineer, and operations level who have steam systems responsibilities in industrial and institutional plants, as well as those who are involved in design or evaluation of steam systems, or who wish to understand more about energy and productivity savings in the steam systems. The attendees will learn the principles that underpin and foster best practices in using steam power, and by the program’s end they will not only have a range of tips, tools, and practices to take away with them, but also an action plan for integration into their daily routine.

Target Audience

  • Engineers
  • Managers
  • Technicians and Technologists
  • Maintenance personnel

After Attending This Course You Will Be Able To:

  • Profile a steam system.
  • Identify steam properties for a steam system.
  • Identify measurements required to manage boiler efficiency.
  • Calculate boiler efficiency.
  • Calculate the magnitude of specific boiler losses.
  • Identify and prioritize areas of potential boiler efficiency improvements.
  • Recognize the impact of fuel selection.
  • Recognize the requirements of an appropriate steam trap management program.
  • Estimate energy losses in the steam distribution system.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of system insulation.
  • Evaluate the economic impact of condensate recovery.
  • Recognize the economic impact of all aspects of steam system operation.
Program Outline (1.2 CEUs / 12 PDHs)

Day 1

Introduction: Steam and its Importance

  • The Use of Steam
  • The Steam-Plant Cycle
  • The Power Plant
  • Utility Boilers for Electric Power
  • Industrial and Small Power Plants

Profiling the Steam System

  • Overview and General Principles
  • Utility Costs
  • Benchmarks

Identifying Steam Properties for the System

Opportunities for Boiler Efficiency Improvement

  • Overview and General Principles
  • Boiler Efficiency
    • Example Boiler
    • Economics of Boiler Efficiency Improvement
    • Stack Losses
    • Blowdown Losses
    • Shell Loss
    • Unburned Fuel Loss
    • Boiler Efficiency Summary
  • Boiler Loading
  • Boiler Fuel Flow Estimate

Day 2
Effectiveness of Resource Utilization

  • Overview and General Principles
  • Fuel Selection
  • System Balancing
  • Process Integration
  • Steam System Pressure

Steam Distribution System Losses

  • Overview and General Principles
  • Steam Leaks
    • Pipe Failures
    • Steam Traps
  • Insulation
  • Condensate Recovery
  • Flash Steam Recovery
  • Summary and Adjourn
Dr. Birbal Singh, Ph.D., P.Eng. Birbal is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Lakehead University since 1987 (25 years). He teaches courses in applied heat transfer, applied thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and project management.

Birbal has performed research for seven years in the area of enhanced heavy oil recovery using steam injection, and thermal recovery of oil and bitumen from oil sands at Alberta Research Council. He has received awards from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) in 2012, from American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) in 2008, from Ontario Natural Gas Association in 1994, from Lakehead University in 1992, and Certificates of Appreciation from American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in 1990, and Society for Manufacturing Engineers (SME) in 1994. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of Innovation Ontario Corporation by the Premier of Ontario in 1992 and reappointed in 1995.

Birbal is registered with Professional Engineer of Ontario (PEO), and member of American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). He received his B. Tech. (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering with First Class Standing from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, M.S. from University of Missouri, and Ph.D. from the University of Alberta.


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