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Use of a Conversational Computer Program in Operator Training for Improved Energy Efficiency
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Energy efficient operation of process equipment requires attentive operation by well-trained personnel. Use of a computer simulation model together with a conversational computer program, which provides dynamic game playing opportunities for the trainee, has proven a very effective training tool. The programs have been used in plants and refineries, and they demonstrate the ability to develop rapidly within the Operator Trainee a real understanding of the variables affecting process performance. Experience with a furnace firing computer training program is described. Using a time-share computer terminal, the Operator participates in a conversational training experience in which he is taught startup, routine operation, and to cope with operating problems on a gas and/or oil fired process furnace. Specific operator-oriented problems are encountered and solved by making control adjustments in the simulator program which has been developed. In using the program, the trainee is challenged to achieve or exceed firing efficiency goals set for the furnace. A variety of operating conditions are presented. As an extension of the success experienced with the furnace program, a new program has been developed simulating a crude oil distillation unit. The Distillation Column Operator training program is designed to facilitate an understanding of distillation principles and the effect on energy efficiency for the various product quality and yields achieved. The results of Operator acceptance of these programs is that a wider application of the principle's computer simulator training to other industry processes is warranted.
Energy Conservation Program
Furnace Firing Training Program
Distillation Column Training Program
Brickman, S. W.; Mergens, E. H. (1980). Use of a Conversational Computer Program in Operator Training for Improved Energy Efficiency. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu); Texas A&M University (http://www.tamu.edu). Available electronically from