In this course, you will establish a foundational understanding of ammonia refrigeration systems, components, and best practices that you can use immediately.
Who Should Attend?
- Refrigeration system operators
- Plant engineers
- Maintenance supervisors
- Facilities engineers
- Application engineers
- Refrigeration service technicians
This course is part of the Process Safety Management Professional Certificate. Increase your knowledge and effectiveness at managing PSM/RMP programs for your ammonia refrigerated facility, while earning a recognized credential. Course can be taken individually as well.
Beginning in the Fall of 2021, attendees participating in this course will be able to earn a digital badge as evidence of the knowledge they obtained during the course. Digital badges are micro-credentials that can be earned by successfully passing a final quiz administered online after completing the course. Click here for information on digital badges.
Refrigeration Systems Overview
- Refrigeration technology alternatives
- Refrigerants and refrigerant selection criteria
- Introduction to system types: direct expansion, flooded, and overfeed
Overview of Refrigerant Properties
- Fundamental properties: pressure, volume, and temperature
- Derived properties: enthalpy, internal energy, and transport
- Refrigerant phases and behavior during phase change
- Latent and sensible energy changes
- Diagrams: pressure vs. enthalpy
- Flash gas concepts
Refrigerant Property Workshop
Safety in Ammonia Refrigeration
- Safety and health issues associated with refrigerants
- Flammability considerations
- Prevention of incidents and accidents
Overview of Process Safety Management and Risk Management Programs
- Key elements of OSHA''s Process Safety Management program
- EPA''s Risk Management Plan rule
Machinery Room Safety Practices
- Key safety systems: ammonia detection, ventilation, emergency controls, and eye wash and shower stations
- Related standards
Refrigeration System Components: Compressors
- Technology alternatives
- Configuration: open drive vs. semi-hermetic or hermetic
- Theory of operation screw (single/twin) and reciprocating
- Capacity control/unloading
- Volume ratio concepts
Refrigeration Systems Workshop
- How to identify cycle state points
- How to complete cycle layouts
Refrigeration System Components: Condensers
- Types of heat rejection equipment
- Principles of operation
- Operational considerations
Refrigeration System Components: Valves
- Stop valves
- Check valves
- Expansion valves: thermostatic, electronics, hand, and floats
- Safety relief
Refrigeration Cycle Review
Refrigeration System Components: Evaporators
- Feed configurations: DX, flooded, and liquid overfeed
- Air units: ceiling-hung, penthouse/high temperature, and low temperature
- Chillers: plate-and-frame, and shell-and-tube
Refrigeration System Components: Vessels and Pumps
- High-side vessels: high-pressure receiver, thermosiphon pilot, and controlled-pressure receiver
- Low-side vessels: suction traps and transfer stations, recirculators, and surge drums
- Transfer systems
- Liquid refrigerant pumps
"Excellent content and presentation."
"Now I feel I can safely and comfortably control our plant."
"This course provided and easy, logical explanation of refrigeration basics."
"This was a great class. Both teachers did a tremendous job in sharing their expertise."
"This will help me immediately in my job."
"Exceeded expectations. Direct application to my current responsibilities and gave me plenty to look at and hopefully improve when I return. I'm looking forward to future courses."
"Absolutely worth the time."
Todd Jekel, PhD, PE is the assistant director of the Industrial Refrigeration Consortium at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Jekel has been actively conducting research on refrigeration systems including vessel design practices, oil separators, and analysis of dehumidification alternatives for cold storage warehouses. He holds degrees from Calvin College and the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Marc Claas is an Associate Researcher with the Industrial Refrigeration Consortium and has been involved in industrial refrigeration since 2009. His interests include refrigeration system maintenance requirements, criteria for safe system operation, troubleshooting systems for safe and efficient operation, regulatory compliance in refrigeration systems, and emerging cooling technologies. His teaching experience includes online operator training programs, and his field experience includes PSM related activities such as PSM audits and PHAs. He also has experience investigating energy efficiency and other operational opportunities. Claas holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from UW-Platteville and Master’s of Mechanical Engineering in Thermal Science from UW-Madison. He is an active member of the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration.
Douglas Reindl, PhD, PE is a professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and a Program Director at the Office of Interdisciplinary Professional Programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has extensive experience in mechanical systems – including industrial ammonia refrigeration systems. As the founding director of the Industrial Refrigeration Consortium, he works extensively to improve the safety, efficiency, reliability, and productivity of ammonia refrigeration infrastructure. Dr. Reindl received his BS in mechanical engineering technology from the Milwaukee School of Engineering, MS in mechanical engineering from UW–Madison, and PhD in mechanical engineering from UW–Madison. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Wisconsin.
Fee covers morning and afternoon breaks, scheduled lunches, and course materials.
This in-person course will have an online course site from which you will access the course materials, course evaluation, and participation certificate. Details on how to access the online course site will be sent with registration confirmation.
- CEU: 2
- PDH: 20
Registration: 7:30 AM Central Time
In-person Instruction: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Central Time
Note: Class ends at 2:00 PM Central Time on last day
Todd Jekel, Marc Claas, Douglas Reindl
Industrial Refrigeration Consortium (IRC) members receive a $200 course discount. We will verify your affiliation.
If you cannot attend, please notify us no later than one week before your course begins, and we will refund your fee. Cancellations received after this date and no-shows are subject to a $150 administrative fee. You may enroll a substitute at any time before the course starts.