Control Optimization and Tuning of Furnaces, Boilers and Steam Plants

Online /
Feb 2 - 3, 2021 /
Course Code: 11-0238-ONL21

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Please Note:
This course is held online over 2 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

10:00 am to 6:00 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks and lunch) *********************************************************************************

After participating in the course you will be able to:

  • Understand the tuning procedures for PID controllers
  • Apply applications of advanced regulatory controls in a steam plant
  • Know the impact of thermodynamics and steam system design on the controllability of a steam plant
  • Identify the shrink-swell effect and how to tune a boiler drum level controller
  • Understand the design and tuning of the plant master controller and steam header pressure controller

With energy costs rising, steam production has become a major cost center for the manufacturing industry. In order to improve profitability, plants have reduced the amount of vented or condensed steam and have reduced the number of boilers in operation. Although closing the steam system improves the efficiency of a plant it also increases the variability in steam quality leading to possible process operation issues.

The different control strategies and process dynamics found in typical steam plants and combustion units will be discussed. You will learn to make a steam control system more integrated, responsive, robust and energy efficient. This hands-on course also uses process simulation as a learning tool.

Course Outline

  • Steam plant and boiler overview
  • Steam system dynamics
  • Fundamentals of PID tuning for steam systems
  • Introduction to advanced controls
  • Combustion control, cross-limiting logic
  • Boiler drum level tuning
  • Steam header pressure and plant master control

Who Should Attend
Process Engineers • Control Engineers • Instrumentation personnel • Facility/Utility Engineers • • Consulting Engineers • Technicians and Technologists

More Information

Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time

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Please Note:
This course is held online over 2 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

10:00 am to 6:00 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks and lunch) *********************************************************************************

Daily Schedule:
10:00 Session begins
12:00 Lunch
6:00 Adjournment

There will be a one-hour lunch break each day in addition to a break during each morning and afternoon session.

  • Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method
  • Steam Plant and Boiler Overview
  • Steam System Dynamics
  • Fundamentals of PID tuning for steam systems
  • Introduction to Advanced Controls
  • Combustion Control, Cross-Limiting logic and O2 Trim / Furnace Draft Control
  • Boiler Drum Level Tuning
  • Steam Header Pressure and Plant Master Control
  • Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes


Benoît Janvier, M.Sc.

Ben is the president of Enero Solutions with over fifteen years of experience in process and control performance audits.

Before being the president of Enero Solutions, an energy solution company, he has also worked for EnTech Controls in Toronto as a Process Control Consultant and as a Senior Process Control Consultant for Emerson Process Management based in Austin, Texas. He is also a present member of Order of Engineers of Quebec, International Society of Automation, Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada.


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Fee & Credits

$1295 + taxes

  • 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 14 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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