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Improving Unit Operations-Test Station Performance
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This program's basic concept deals with the possibilities for reducing energy efficiency through four key elements. These elements are pounds per square inch (psi), gallons per minutes (gpm), revolutions per minutes (rpm) and kilowatt hours (kwh) usage. The basic concept evaluates the varying criterias affecting these elements and their direct impact on production/test station operating costs. Second consideration explores other methods available to enhance mechanical compatibility with operator performance requirements. And finally, the third consideration analyses longevity of equipment and maintenance restoration. Our initial approach considered the present operating methods (both fixed and variable displacement stations) of each system's arrangements and the potential rearrangement concept towards improving daily serviceability and energy efficiency. Earlier research suggested that some test procedures could be duty cycled on demand load rather than continuous full load cycle. Other test procedures suggested additional adjustment of fixed pressure setting while still controlling the same volume flow from a multi-test station system. This was the initial challenge towards providing efficient usage of electricity at an economical investment without disrupting or jeopardizing the original equipment physical (mechanical/electrical) features.
Filak, J. J. Jr. (1995). Improving Unit Operations-Test Station Performance. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu). Available electronically from