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IN101 24 - 28 Jun 2018 Dubai - UAE $4,750

Why Choose this Training Course?

This highly interactive 5-day Control Valves & Actuators training course highlights the most important features and characteristics of control valves and actuators. Combinations of valves and actuators are used in just about every process around the world, and the proper understanding and utilization of them is crucial to efficient operations and control. This training course has been designed in such a way as to empower delegates to think practically about valve and actuator installations, in a manner that allows them to consider, select and install the best piece of equipment for the application at hand.

The PetroKnowledge training course emphasizes the important aspects of valves and actuators, and lead to a greater understanding of flow aspects pertinent to these devices. In some cases, the differences between certain valves and actuators can be quite large, whilst in others, the variations are very subtle. Delegates are taught to focus and differentiate between the various devices that are available, and how they fit into the greater scheme of things. This exposure, most certainly, will promote greater confidence in the ability of delegates to make informed decisions, as well as to assist in decisions that are made at a higher level.

This training course will feature:

  • Different types of valves, and their suitability to a variety of applications
  • Actuators, valve positioners, filters, regulators, I/Ps, and other associated hardware
  • Understanding the valve coefficient and determining the correct valve size and type
  • Valves in P&IDs, installation and maintenance considerations, and cavitation and noise control
  • Optimizing the use of control valves, using digital controllers

Training Objectives click here

What are the Goals?

By the end of this training course, participants should be able to:

  • Comprehend the inner operation of most commonly utilized valve types
  • Decide on the best valve to use, for specific applications
  • Determine the most cost effective valve size
  • Determine the best device to drive and operate an assortment of valves
  • Get control valves to operate optimally in the field, using an assortment of techniques

Target Audience click here

Who is this Training Course for?

This Control Valves & Actuators training course is suitable for a wide range of professionals, but would greatly benefit:

  • Key instrumentation personnel involved in valve maintenance
  • Senior management and staff responsible for valve and actuator selection
  • Mechanical and electrical staff that come into contact with valves
  • Process control engineers requiring a high plant availability, often affected by valves
  • Designers, industrial engineers and staff responsible for plant safety
  • All personnel with a vested interest in applications that require / utilize valves

Training Methods click here

How will this Training Course be Presented?

A variety of adult learning techniques, that have proven successful or popular with adult learning, will be utilized. Every section is covered theoretically, followed by a practical exercise or discussion, where applicable. The focus is on enhancing understanding, comprehension and the retention of vital information. Every day starts off with reference to the previous day’s work, as well as an opportunity to ask further questions. Exercises are either conducted individually or in groups, depending on how the greatest benefit can be obtained. Computers are utilized, and exercises may range from Excel spreadsheets through to complex simulators. During the practical sessions, the instructor ensures that he is available to anyone that has a question to ask, or has encountered a problem.

Delegates are encouraged to think of applications and problems that they have encountered in the own working environment, and to put these forward for classroom participation, discussion and debate, in order to provide the delegate with better options and possible improved solutions to work-related problems. Delegates are encouraged to keep an open mind.

Special Feature - Software Simulation

A software simulator, which has a 21-day limitation, will be provided. Delegates are encouraged to bring their own (non-Apple) laptops (but, please arrange this, in advance with your IT Department, as the software will need to be loaded onto these machines, and Administrator rights may have to be given). Those delegates that are comfortable enough to work on their own will be encouraged to do so. Delegates that prefer to work in groups (which stimulates participant discussion) are allowed to do so, as this does complement knowledge retention.

Daily Agenda click here

Day One: Valve Principals, Purposes, Types, Control Signals and Flow Conditions

Competency Description: As a person involved in valves and valve equipment, you are key to their operational usage, and need to gain insight as well as an understanding of the capabilities of the equipment.

Key behaviours

  • Internalization of theoretical aspects
  • Analyzing situational effects
  • Taking leadership in important decisions
  • Developing leadership, in the selection process

Topics to be covered

  • Valve principles, valve purposes, and control signals used with valves
  • Flow conditions in and around valves
  • Reynolds numbers
  • Cavitation and flashing, and how this influences valve selection
  • Associated equipment, pertinent to valves
  • Definitions, and principles of operation of the major types of valves

Day Two: Valve in P&IDs, Leakage, Valve Characteristics and Valve Size Calculations

Competency Description: It is crucial that all paperwork is correct, understandable and current. Delegates will be expected to make a meaningful contribution to everything associated with the valves, and in this respect, they will need to take cognizance of external and internal factors.

Key behaviours

  • Problem solving important areas that could be of concern
  • Lateral thinking, in terms of vital documentation
  • Strategical decisions, in maximizing equipment in a specific location, and for a certain application
  • Accurately performing difficult and complex calculations, pertaining to various installations

Topics to be covered

  • Continuation of the definitions, and principles of operation of more major types of valves
  • Additional associated equipment, pertinent with valves
  • P&ID diagrams associated with valves
  • Valve leakage, and valve leakage rate calculation
  • Valve inherent characteristics, and their importance once installed
  • Performing manual calculations, for valve sizing

Day Three: Valve Software, Actuators, Positioners, Cavitation & Noise Control & SIS

Competency Description: Knowledge of using current software, to get the most out of your equipment is crucial. Furthermore, you need to analyze prevailing conditions and communicate, effectively, with your superiors and peers, to ensure the plant operates as per specification and function.

Key behaviours

  • Understand key software decision making capabilities and implementation
  • Maximize valve performance, under a variety of conditions, making use of the best (air, hydraulic, electrical) supply for the application
  • Take leadership in utilizing strategies that provide maximum protection to your equipment
  • Deal with aspects pertaining to emergency shut down and safety

Topics to be covered

  • Software used to size control valves
  • Assorted actuators, and their properties and characteristics
  • Valve positioners
  • Cavitation and noise control, in and around valves
  • Valves, and how they fit into pressure relief and Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS)
  • Using digital controllers, with valves

Day Four: 3-term Controllers and Loop-tuning for Processes containing Control Valves

Competency Description: As a leader, you need to ensure that the equipment does not just perform correctly, but also optimally. As such, strategies must be envisaged, which will prove beneficial to the operation, both in the short-term and long term perspective.

Key behaviours

  • Internalize control best practice
  • Learnt to identify control issues and problems, just by observing current plant behavior
  • Tune a plant, that has been put into manual operation
  • Tune a plant that cannot be taken out of automatic operation

Topics to be covered

  • Understanding and implementing the right controller action, for fail-safe valves
  • Understanding all of the variables, associated with three-term control
  • Open loop tuning, for controllers that act on control valve loops
  • Closed loop tuning, for controllers that act on control valve loops
  • Trial and error tuning, to optimize control valve performance

Day Five: Using Valves in Cascade, Ratio, Dead-Time Dominant, Non-Linear and PLC-Controlled Processes

Competency Description: Control comes in many different methods, strategies and formats. As an important team member, you need to share your insight into improving efficiency, but in a manner that is cost effective. You need to play a leading role in ensuring that the whole team works towards a common goal, which is both safe, and productive.

Key behaviours

  • Optimally set up complex loops
  • Understand and deal with external influences that may complicate (or even nullify) control strategies
  • Gain insight into lag and time constant effects and improvements
  • Use PES, for better and more efficient control

Topics to be covered

  • Setting up a cascade loop, using a single valve and multiple controllers
  • Setting up a ratio loop, using a single valve and multiple process variables (PVs)
  • Dead time dominant loops, how this affects the valve performance, and how this is corrected
  • Using a control valve in a process that exhibits different responses in different zones
  • Combining PLCs, for valve control

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Control Valves & Actuators


Code Date Venue Fees
IN101 24 - 28 Jun 2018 Dubai - UAE $4,750



Why Choose this Training Course?

This highly interactive 5-day Control Valves & Actuators training course highlights the most important features and characteristics of control valves and actuators. Combinations of valves and actuators are used in just about every process around the world, and the proper understanding and utilization of them is crucial to efficient operations and control. This training course has been designed in such a way as to empower delegates to think practically about valve and actuator installations, in a manner that allows them to consider, select and install the best piece of equipment for the application at hand.

The PetroKnowledge training course emphasizes the important aspects of valves and actuators, and lead to a greater understanding of flow aspects pertinent to these devices. In some cases, the differences between certain valves and actuators can be quite large, whilst in others, the variations are very subtle. Delegates are taught to focus and differentiate between the various devices that are available, and how they fit into the greater scheme of things. This exposure, most certainly, will promote greater confidence in the ability of delegates to make informed decisions, as well as to assist in decisions that are made at a higher level.

This training course will feature:


Training Objectives

What are the Goals?

By the end of this training course, participants should be able to:

Target Audience

Who is this Training Course for?

This Control Valves & Actuators training course is suitable for a wide range of professionals, but would greatly benefit:

Training Methods

How will this Training Course be Presented?

A variety of adult learning techniques, that have proven successful or popular with adult learning, will be utilized. Every section is covered theoretically, followed by a practical exercise or discussion, where applicable. The focus is on enhancing understanding, comprehension and the retention of vital information. Every day starts off with reference to the previous day’s work, as well as an opportunity to ask further questions. Exercises are either conducted individually or in groups, depending on how the greatest benefit can be obtained. Computers are utilized, and exercises may range from Excel spreadsheets through to complex simulators. During the practical sessions, the instructor ensures that he is available to anyone that has a question to ask, or has encountered a problem.

Delegates are encouraged to think of applications and problems that they have encountered in the own working environment, and to put these forward for classroom participation, discussion and debate, in order to provide the delegate with better options and possible improved solutions to work-related problems. Delegates are encouraged to keep an open mind.

Special Feature - Software Simulation

A software simulator, which has a 21-day limitation, will be provided. Delegates are encouraged to bring their own (non-Apple) laptops (but, please arrange this, in advance with your IT Department, as the software will need to be loaded onto these machines, and Administrator rights may have to be given). Those delegates that are comfortable enough to work on their own will be encouraged to do so. Delegates that prefer to work in groups (which stimulates participant discussion) are allowed to do so, as this does complement knowledge retention.

Daily Agenda

Day One: Valve Principals, Purposes, Types, Control Signals and Flow Conditions

Competency Description: As a person involved in valves and valve equipment, you are key to their operational usage, and need to gain insight as well as an understanding of the capabilities of the equipment.

Key behaviours

Topics to be covered

Day Two: Valve in P&IDs, Leakage, Valve Characteristics and Valve Size Calculations

Competency Description: It is crucial that all paperwork is correct, understandable and current. Delegates will be expected to make a meaningful contribution to everything associated with the valves, and in this respect, they will need to take cognizance of external and internal factors.

Key behaviours

Topics to be covered

Day Three: Valve Software, Actuators, Positioners, Cavitation & Noise Control & SIS

Competency Description: Knowledge of using current software, to get the most out of your equipment is crucial. Furthermore, you need to analyze prevailing conditions and communicate, effectively, with your superiors and peers, to ensure the plant operates as per specification and function.

Key behaviours

Topics to be covered

Day Four: 3-term Controllers and Loop-tuning for Processes containing Control Valves

Competency Description: As a leader, you need to ensure that the equipment does not just perform correctly, but also optimally. As such, strategies must be envisaged, which will prove beneficial to the operation, both in the short-term and long term perspective.

Key behaviours

Topics to be covered

Day Five: Using Valves in Cascade, Ratio, Dead-Time Dominant, Non-Linear and PLC-Controlled Processes

Competency Description: Control comes in many different methods, strategies and formats. As an important team member, you need to share your insight into improving efficiency, but in a manner that is cost effective. You need to play a leading role in ensuring that the whole team works towards a common goal, which is both safe, and productive.

Key behaviours

Topics to be covered

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