Lesson 1 - Ammonia Characteristics


Ammonia sources, uses, and chemical characteristics; Environmental, hazardous material concerns; Temperature-pressure relationships; Materials compatibility; MSDS criteria; Safety

Learning Objectives:
– Name common uses of ammonia and describe benefits of ammonia refrigerant in terms of ozone depletion and global warming potentials (ODP and GWP).
– Describe the properties of ammonia and explain how they affect the use of ammonia as a refrigerant.
– Discuss the toxicity and flammability of ammonia and its classification as a hazardous material.
– Discuss important features of ammonia saturation curves, reactions with metals, and MSDS criteria.
– Name two standards governing ammonia refrigeration systems and describe the four main ammonia safety concerns, steps for their prevention, and first aid treatment in the event of exposure.

Lesson 2 - Single-Stage Ammonia Systems


Positive-displacement systems; Refrigeration loads; Primary, secondary refrigeration system components; Components in parallel; Superheat; Single-stage pressure-enthalpy diagram

Learning Objectives:
– Briefly compare absorption and mechanical compression systems, compare dynamic and positive-displacement compressors, and name those generally used in industrial ammonia refrigeration systems.
– Explain how a positive-displacement compressor increases the ammonia vapor pressure.
– Define British thermal unit (Btu), specific heat, sensible heat, latent heat, and tons of refrigeration.
– Name four primary components in single-stage ammonia refrigeration systems and describe their functions.
– Describe the functions of the oil separator, high-pressure liquid receiver, king valve, and suction accumulator in single-stage ammonia refrigeration systems.
– Define superheat, enthalpy, and entropy and explain how they are used on the pressure-enthalpy (P-H) diagram.

Lesson 3 - Two-Stage Ammonia Systems


Compression ratio; Compressor capacity; Two-stage system division, Booster desuperheater, intercooler; Two-stage system components, performance; Complex two-stage systems

Learning Objectives:
– Define compression ratio and explain its importance in single-stage and two-stage industrial ammonia refrigeration systems.
– Explain why flash gas removal, booster discharge-vapor desuperheating, and interstage liquid cooling are desirable in the two-stage system.
– Plot a two-stage refrigeration system on an ammonia pressure-enthalpy (P-H) diagram.
– Name the primary and secondary components of a two-stage refrigeration system and describe component functions.
– Explain why a two-stage system requires less overall power than a single-stage system.

Lesson 4 - Suction Accumulators and Intercoolers


Need for suction accumulators; Accumulator design features; Liquid/vapor separation; Intercoolers; Shell-and-coil vs flash intercoolers; Alternate intercoolers

Learning Objectives:
– Explain why suction accumulators are needed and describe the damage that can result from liquid entering the compressor.
– Discuss the purposes and reasoning behind the design features, including the boil-out coil, of suction accumulators.
– Describe the various ammonia refrigerant liquid/vapor separation criteria.
– Explain how the intercooler deals with flash gas and desuperheats the booster discharge.
– Describe basic differences between a flash intercooler and a shell-and-coil intercooler.
– Describe typical configurations for alternate intercoolers provided with internally compounded compressors.

Lesson 5 - Liquid Overfeed (Recirculation) Systems


Liquid overfeed, recirculation systems; Recirculation system advantages and disadvantages; Recirculation vessel design; Pumper drum system; Controlled pressure receiver system

Learning Objectives:
– Describe the various functions performed within the recirculation vessel.
– Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of recirculation systems.
– Describe design features of horizontal and vertical recirculation vessels.
– Discuss the surge-volume requirements of a recirculation system and reasons for high-level alarm/cutout controls on the recirculation vessel.
– Describe the features and drawbacks of various kinds of liquid-refrigerant pumps.
– Describe the operation of pumper drum (gas-pressure) recirculation systems and controlled pressure receiver (CPR) recirculation systems.