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POPR 012 - Gas Process Operations Level B
Course Details
Course Code:
POPR 012

Calendar Description:
Gas Process Operations (GPO) was developed to provide the Gas Plant Operator with a basic understanding of the theory associated with plant operations.

The Gas Process Operations Level B component reviews Plant Equipment. Students will be introduced to pumps, valves, pipes, fittings, engines, gaskets, heat exchangers, and gas turbines. Students will study gas compression in depth and become familiar with classification and types, compressors and their components, rotary machines, basic and operational controls, auxiliaries, and lubrication.


Date First Offered:
2009-09-01

Hours:
Total Hours: 95
Lecture Hours: 95


Total Weeks:
3

This course is offered online:
No

Pre-Requisites:
POPR 200: Fourth Class Power Engineering Part A
POPR 201: Fourth Class Power Engineering Part B
POPR 208: Laboratory in Power Engineering and Gas Processing
POPR 011: Gas Process Operations Level A


Non-Course Pre-Requisites:
NONE

Co-Requisites:
NONE

Rearticulation Submission:
No

Course Content:
GAS COMPRESSION – CLASSIFICATIONS AND TYPES
- Definitions
- Uses
- Classifications
- Positive displacement compressors
- Reciprocating compressors

GAS COMPRESSION – COMPRESSOR COMPONENTS
GAS COMPRESSION – VALVES & ROD PACKING
- Compressor valve maintenance
- Mechanical packing

GAS COMPRESSION – ROTARY MACHINES

GAS COMPRESSION – DYNAMIC COMPRESSORS
- Centrifugal compressor
- Axial compressor

GAS COMPRESSION – AUXILIARIES, STAGE ARRANGEMENTS
GAS COMPRESSION – BASIC CONTROLS
- Compressor surge
- Compressor output controls
- Compressor protective controls
- Indicating instruments for gas compressors

GAS COMPRESSION – LUBRICATION
GAS COMPRESSION – DRIVERS, OPERATIONAL PROCEDURES
- Compressor drives
- Engine & compressor starting procedure
- Compressor automatic start-up (by telemetry)
- Engine protective controls
- Engine instruments – indicating

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES I
- Fuel used
- Working cycle
- Basic engine construction

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE CLASSIFICATION
- Fuel
- Ignition
- Cycles
- Gasoline engines
- Diesel engines
- Dual fuel engines

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE OPERATION AND CONSTRUCTION
- Engine parts
- Engine starting
- Lube oil system
- Governor
- Starting systems
- Cooling systems
- Supercharging

GAS TURBINES I
- Gas turbine principle
- Industrial application
- Gas turbine characteristics
- Regeneration
- Combined plants

GAS TURBINES II
- Gas turbine construction
- Gas turbines and other prime movers
- Cycle improvements
- Gas turbine applications
- Gas turbine operation
- Gas turbine maintenance

PRINCIPLES OF HEAT EXCHANGERS
- Heat transfer
- Operation of heat exchangers
- Problems and maintenance
- Fouling
- Vibration

BASIC HEAT EXCHANGERS
- Plate heat exchangers
- Pipe coil heat exchanger
- Double pipe heat exchanger
- Shell and tube heat exchangers
- Heat exchanger tubes
- Baffles

SPECIALIZED HEAT EXCHANGERS
- Reboilers
- Coolers
- Cooling towers
- Chillers
- Evaporators
- Condensers

HOT OIL SYSTEMS
- System details
- System operation

INTRODUCTION TO PUMPS
- Definition
- Applications
- Classes of pumps

RECIPROCATING PUMPS & INJECTORS
- Single-acting pumps
- Double-acting pumps
- Direct-acting, steam-driven pumps
- Power-driven pumps
- Diaphragm pumps
- Reciprocating pump components
- Injectors

ROTARY PUMPS
- External gear pump
- Lobe pump
- Internal gear pump
- Screw pumps
- Other designs

CENTRIFUGAL PUMPS
- Operating principle
- Volute pumps
- Diffuser pumps
- Axial flow pumps
- Mixed flow pumps
- Construction details
- Regenerative pumps

PUMP SEALS AND BEARINGS
- Pump shaft sealing
- Bearings

LUBRICATION PRINCIPLES
- Lubricant purposes
- Classes of lubricants
- Lubricating oil properties
- Lubricating oil additives
- Selection of lubricating oils

TYPES OF BEARING LUBRICATION
- Shell or sleeve bearings
- Thrust bearings

INTRODUCTION TO PIPING AND PIPING FITTINGS
- Materials
- Pipe sizes
- Connections
- Expansion
- Drainage
- Water hammer
- Insulation

INTRODUCTION TO VALVES
- Valve design
- Boiler valve types
- Pressure reducing valves
- Valve details
- Identification of pipe fitting and valves
- Valve maintenance

PIPING MATERIALS AND CONNECTIONS
- Materials used
- Pipe sizes
- Methods of connecting pipe

GASKETS
- Installing a gasket
- Flange faces
- Gasket compatibility
- Gasket types
- Gasket joint maintenance
- Making a gasket

PIPING EXPANSION, SUPPORT, AND INSULATION
STANDARD VALVES
- Valve selection
- Types of valves
- Valve maintenance

SPECIALIZED VALVES
- Diaphragm valves
- Blow off valves
- Balance valves
- Pressure reducing valves
- Temperature regulating valves
- Pressure relief valves
- Rupture-disc relief valves
- Pressure safety valves

VALVE ACTUATORS
- Valve actuators
- Mechanical or manual actuators
- Electric actuators
- Pneumatic actuators


Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, learners will be able to:

- Demonstrate basic technical knowledge about some of the principles and general operation of gas industry equipment i.e. pumps, compressors, turbines, internal combustion engines, heat exchangers, and valves
- Describe positive displacement compressors and reciprocating compressors
- Demonstrate basic technical knowledge of compressor components, valves, and rod packing
- Apply basic technical knowledge of internal combustion engine operation and construction
- Apply basic technical gas turbines, heat exchanges,and hot oil systems
- Describe reciprocating, rotary and centrifugal pumps and injectors
- Describe and identify types of bearing lubrication
- Describe and identify piping materials, valves and connections
- Demonstrate methods of connecting pipe


Knowledge:
Demonstrate a firm understanding of safety and plant practices

Attitudes:
Strong teamwork skills

Skills:
Troubleshooting skills

Technologies:
Demonstrate mechanical aptitude

Grading System:
Percentage

Passing Grade:
70%

Grading Weight:
Final Exam: 100 %


Percentage of Individual Work:
70

Percentage of Group Work:
30

Course Offered in Other Programs:
No

Additional Comments:
Students are required to sign and adhere to the Trades and Apprenticeship Safety and Attendance Policy.

If a student fails to obtain the pass mark on the final exam, the student will be allowed one supplementary exam. The successful completion of the supplementary exam would allow a student to pass with a grade no higher than 70%.


Supplies:
Textbooks and personal protective equipment (safety glasses, steel-toed boots, gloves, and fire retardant coveralls).

Keys to Success:
Attendance, class participation, maintaining a professional attitude, successful study habits, and receiving a minimum of 70% in the course.

Text Books:

Required - Province of BC, 2003, BC Safety Authority Act (Queen's Printer). Chapters Covered: All
Required - Pan Global, 2007, Pan Global ASME Academic Extract & Supplement (Pan Global). Chapters Covered: All
Required - Pan Global, 2007, Power Engineering 4th Class Textbook (Pan Global). Chapters Covered: All
Required - Pan Global, 2007, Power Engineering 4th Class Workbook (Pan Global). Chapters Covered: All
Required - SOLIS, 2007, PROP 220 Gas Process Operations Level B (SAIT). Chapters Covered: All
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