Distance - Control Valves and Actuators: Sizing, Selection, Applications, Operation, Troubleshooting, and Maintenance (1.8 CEU's)


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This course is approximately 4-5 weeks in duration.

Learning Method:

  • The PDDP program is more of a self-guided learning style.

  • You are required to read the notes and materials given, complete the follow-up assignments on your own, send in your questions prior to your 1 hour webinar meeting (if required) and be involved in live discussion via the internet.

  • Once you have completed the course, you will receive a certificate of completion 


This seminar will provide a comprehensive understanding of the various types of control valves and actuators, including linear and rotary control valves; pneumatic, piston, electric, and electrohydraulic actuators. This seminar will focus on sizing, maximizing the efficiency, reliability, and longevity of this equipment by providing an understanding of the characteristics, selection criteria, common problems and repair techniques, preventive and predictive maintenance.
This seminar is a MUST for anyone who is involved in the sizing, selection, applications, or maintenance of control valves and actuators because it covers the sizing and operation of this equipment in detail, the latest maintenance techniques, and provides guidelines and rules that ensure its successful operation. In addition, this seminar will cover in detail the basic design, operating characteristics, specification, selection criteria, advanced fault detection techniques, critical components and all preventive and predictive maintenance methods in order to increase reliability of the equipment and reduce the operation and maintenance cost.
This seminar will provide the following information for all linear and rotary control valves; pneumatic, piston, electric, and electrohydraulic actuators:
  • Basic Design
  • Specification
  • Selection Criteria
  • Sizing Calculations
  • Enclosures and Sealing Arrangements
  • Codes and Standards
  • Common Operational Problems
  • All Diagnostics, Troubleshooting, Testing, and Maintenance

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers of all disciplines
  • Managers
  • Technicians
  • Maintenance personnel
  • Other technical individuals

Seminar Outcome

  • Equipment Sizing: Gain an in-depth understanding of all the calculations and sizing techniques used for linear and rotary control valves; pneumatic, piston, electric, and electrohydraulic actuators
  • Equipment Operation: Gain a thorough understanding of the operating characteristics of linear and rotary control valves; pneumatic, piston, electric, and electrohydraulic actuators
  • Equipment Diagnostics and Inspection: Learn in detail all the diagnostic techniques and inspections required of critical components of linear and rotary control valves; pneumatic, piston, electric, and electrohydraulic actuators
  • Equipment Testing: Understand thoroughly all the tests required for the various types of linear and rotary control valves; pneumatic, piston, electric, and electrohydraulic actuators
  • Equipment Maintenance and Troubleshooting: Determine all the maintenance and troubleshooting activities required to minimize the downtime and operating cost of linear and rotary control valves; pneumatic, piston, electric, and electrohydraulic actuators
  • Equipment Repair and Refurbishment: Gain a detailed understanding of the various methods used to repair and refurbish linear and rotary control valves; pneumatic, piston, electric, and electrohydraulic actuators
  • Efficiency, Reliability, and Longevity: Learn the various methods used to maximize the efficiency, reliability, and longevity of linear and rotary control valves; pneumatic, piston, electric, and electrohydraulic actuators
  • Design Features: Understand all the design features that improve the efficiency and reliability of linear and rotary control valves; pneumatic, piston, electric, and electrohydraulic actuators
  • Equipment Selection: Learn how to select linear and rotary control valves; pneumatic, piston, electric, and electrohydraulic actuators by using the performance characteristics and selection criteria
  • Equipment Enclosures and Sealing Methods Learn about the various types of enclosures and sealing arrangements used for linear and rotary control valves; pneumatic, piston, electric, and electrohydraulic actuators
  • Equipment Commissioning: Understand all the commissioning requirements for linear and rotary control valves; pneumatic, piston, electric, and electrohydraulic actuators
  • Equipment Codes and Standards: Learn all the codes and standards applicable for linear and rotary control valves; pneumatic, piston, electric, and electrohydraulic actuators
  • Equipment Causes and Modes of Failure: Understand the causes and modes of failure of linear and rotary control valves; pneumatic, piston, electric, and electrohydraulic actuators
  • System Design: Learn all the requirements for designing different systems including linear and rotary control valves; pneumatic, piston, electric, and electrohydraulic actuators

Training Methodology

The instructor relies on a highly interactive training method to enhance the learning process. This method ensures that all the delegates gain a complete understanding of all the topics covered. The training environment is highly stimulating, challenging, and effective because the participants will learn by case studies which will allow them to apply the material taught to their own organization.

Special Feature

Each delegate will receive a digital copy of the following book and manual written by the instructor:
  1. Excerpt of the relevant chapters from the “POWER PLANT EQUIPMENT OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE GUIDE” published by McGraw-Hill in 2012 (800 pages)
  2. Practical Manual (300 pages)

The PDDP Distance Education program works as follows:

  • Once you register for this course, you will be sent a login username and password for our online distance website.

  • You will receive the course notes in hard copy through the online website, you will receive a set of notes each week covering the course material.

  • A one hour video-conference session will be conducted by your instructor each week (if required). The objective of this session is to assist in solving the assignments, as well as answer student questions that should be sent to instructor early enough prior to the meeting time. In addition with being able to communicate with the instructor, you will also be able to communicate with other students in the same class and watch their questions being answered as well. (A high speed internet connection is strongly recommended for this feature).

  • Each set of exercises can be completed and submitted by the indicated date and your completed exercise will be marked online and and returned by your instructor.

  • To gain the most from your course, it is highly recommended that you participate fully in all discussions and exercises. Please remember that each course has a form of quiz or exercise at the end to test your understanding of the material. You will be informed of these dates when you receive the course schedule.

*Course commencement date is subject to instructor availability.

Philip Kiameh

Philip Kiameh, M.A.Sc., B.Eng., D.Eng., P.Eng. (Canada) has been a teacher at University of Toronto and Dalhousie University, Canada for more than 24 years. In addition, Prof Kiameh has taught courses and seminars to more than four thousand working engineers and professionals around the world, specifically Europe and North America. Prof Kiameh has been consistently ranked as "Excellent" or "Very Good" by the delegates who attended his seminars and lectures.
Prof Kiameh wrote 5 books for working engineers from which three have been published by McGraw-Hill, New York. Below is a list of the books authored by Prof Kiameh:
  1. Power Generation Handbook: Gas Turbines, Steam Power Plants, Co-generation, and Combined Cycles, second edition, (800 pages), McGraw-Hill, New York, October 2011.
  2. Electrical Equipment Handbook (600 pages), McGraw-Hill, New York, March 2003.
  3. Power Plant Equipment Operation and Maintenance Guide (800 pages), McGraw-Hill, New York, January 2012.
  4. Industrial Instrumentation and Modern Control Systems (400 pages), Custom Publishing, University of Toronto, University of Toronto Custom Publishing (1999).
  5. Industrial Equipment (600 pages), Custom Publishing, University of Toronto, University of Toronto, University of Toronto Custom Publishing (1999).
Prof. Kiameh has received the following awards:
  1. The first "Excellence in Teaching" award offered by the Professional Development Center at University of Toronto (May, 1996).
  2. The "Excellence in Teaching Award" in April 2007 offered by TUV Akademie (TUV Akademie is one of the largest Professional Development centre in world, it is based in Germany and the United Arab Emirates, and provides engineering training to engineers and managers across Europe and the Middle East).
  3. Awarded graduation “With Distinction” from Dalhousie University when completed Bachelor of Engineering degree (1983).
  4. Entrance Scholarship to University of Ottawa (1984).
  5. Natural Science and Engineering Research Counsel (NSERC) scholarship towards graduate studies – Master of Applied Science in Engineering (1984 – 1985).
Prof. Kiameh performed research on power generation equipment with Atomic Energy of Canada Limited at their Chalk River and Whiteshell Nuclear Research Laboratories. He also has more than 30 years of practical engineering experience with Ontario Power Generation (formerly, Ontario Hydro - the largest electric utility in North America).
While working at Ontario Hydro, Prof. Kiameh acted as a Training Manager, Engineering Supervisor, System Responsible Engineer and Design Engineer. During the period of time that Prof Kiameh worked as a Field Engineer and Design Engineer, he was responsible for the operation, maintenance, diagnostics, and testing of gas turbines, steam turbines, generators, motors, transformers, inverters, valves, pumps, compressors, instrumentation and control systems. Further, his responsibilities included designing, engineering, diagnosing equipment problems and recommending solutions to repair deficiencies and improve system performance, supervising engineers, setting up preventive maintenance programs, writing Operating and Design Manuals, and commissioning new equipment.
Later, Prof Kiameh worked as the manager of a section dedicated to providing training for the staff at the power stations. The training provided by Prof Kiameh covered in detail the various equipment and systems used in power stations.
Professor Philip Kiameh was awarded his Bachelor of Engineering Degree "with distinction" from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He also received a Master of Applied Science in Engineering (M.A.Sc.) from the University of Ottawa, Canada. He is also a member of the Association of Professional Engineers in the province of Ontario, Canada.
Sizing and Selection of Control Valves, Rangeability, End Connection, and Shutoff Capability of Control Valves, Choked Flow, Selection of Control Valves Flow Characteristics
  • Valve selection
  • Linear valves
  • Rotary valves
  • Valve selection considerations
  • Valve maintenance
  • Basics of valve design (seats and seals)
  • Sealing the valve stem
  • Leakless valves
  • Valve materials
  • Preventing valve material failure
  • Nonmetallic valves
  • General categories of control valves
  • Rangeability, end connections, shutoff capability
  • Valve sizing
  • Cavitation and flashing
  • Choked flow causes flashing and cavitation
  • Valve selection for flashing service
  • Valve selection for cavitation service
  • Noise prediction
  • Aerodynamic and hydrodynamic
  • Noise control
  • Noise summary
  • Packing selection
  • Packing selection guidelines for sliding-stem valves
  • Packing selection guidelines for rotary valves
  • Control valve selection process
  • Control valve cavitation
  • Control valve noise
  • Choked flow
  • Gas and steam sizing
  • Sizing and selection of control valves and actuators
  • Information required to select a control valve
  • Control valve body materials
  • Control valve trim material
  • Pressure-temperature ratings for all control valve materials
  • Class designation and PN numbers for control valves
  • Face-to-face dimensions of most types of control valves
  • Wear and galling resistance of control valve material
  • Control valve seat leakage classification
  • Control valve trim material temperature limit
  • Service temperature limitations for control valve elastomers
  • Ambient temperature corrosion information for most fluids used in control valves
  • Control valve elastomer information
  • Compatibility of elastomer material with control valve fluids
  • Control valve flow characteristics
  • Selection of control valve flow characteristic
Control Valve Sizing, Sizing Control Valves for Liquid and Compressible Fluid Applications, Proportional-Integral-Derivative Algorithm, Control Valve Loop Tuning, Fine Tuning the Control Valve Systems
  • Control valve sizing
  • Sizing valves for liquid applications
  • Detailed calculations for sizing valves in liquid applications
  • Liquid sizing sample problem
  • Sizing valves for compressible fluids
  • Compressible fluid sizing sample problem No. 1
  • Compressible fluid sizing sample problem No. 2
  • Sizing coefficients for single-ported globe style valve bodies
  • Sizing coefficients for rotary shaft valves
  • Process and Instrument Elements of the Feedback Loop
  • Feedback Control Algorithm
  • Proportional Control
  • Integral Control
  • Derivative Control
  • Proportional-Integral-Derivative Controller
  • Determining Tuning Constants that Give Good Control Performance
  • Fine-Tuning the Controller
  • Stability of Control Systems
  • Controller-Tuning Based on Stability
  • Effect of Process Dynamics on Tuning
  • Types of Control Systems
  • Continuous and Discrete Data Control Systems
  • Cascade Control Systems
  • Discrete Proportional-Integral-Derivative (PID) Control Algorithm
  • Effect of Digital Control on Stability
  • Tuning and Performance
Smart Systems, Intelligent Transmitters, Actuator Sizing, Non-Destructive Test Procedures, Diagnostic Testing of Control Loops, Air-Operated Valve Diagnostics, Motor-Operated Valve Diagnostics
  • Smart Systems
  • Intelligent (Smart) Transmitters
  • Advantages of Intelligent Instrumentation
  • Comparison Between Intelligent and Non-Intelligent Instrumentation
  • Stand-Alone Controllers
  • Self-Tuning, Sequencing, and Networking
  • HART Protocol
  • Monitoring and optimization
  • Distributed Control System (DCS) Architecture and Advantages
  • Actuator sizing
  • Packing friction
  • Actuator force calculations
  • Rotary actuator sizing
  • Torque equations
  • Breakout torque
  • Dynamic torque
  • Maximum rotation
  • Non-destructive test procedures
  • Magnetic Particle (surface examination)
  • Liquid penetrant (surface) examination
  • Radiographic (volumetric) examination
  • Ultrasonic (Volumetric) examination
  • Pneumatic actuators
  • Piston actuators
  • Electric actuators
  • Hydraulic actuators
  • Positioners
  • Live loading
  • Diagnostic testing of control loops
  • Air-operated valves diagnostics
  • Motor-operated valves diagnostics

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