Lesson 1 - Liquid Ammonia Evaporator Supply Methods


Gravity feed, liquid overfeed, pumped overfeed, dump trap, controlled pressure receiver - direct expansion, and flooded liquid chiller systems

Learning Objectives:
– Explain how refrigerant flows in a thermosyphon system and describe the requirements for a surge drum in a gravity feed system.
– List the benefits of a machine room liquid recirculation unit and benefits compared to direct expansion systems.
– Describe the various level controls used in a recirculation unit and explain how the liquid refrigerant is pumped from the recirculation unit through the
   evaporator coils.
– Describe how a dump trap functions and how it differs from a pumped overfeed system.
– Discuss the differences between a recirculation unit and a CPR system.
– Explain how a thermal expansion valve works and why a DX coil must have more heat transfer surface than an overfeed coil.
– Describe the liquid feed and operation of flooded ammonia shell-and-tube fluid coolers.

Lesson 2 - Evaporators


Evaporator operation and heat transfer principles; Tube design; Chillers; Air coils; Freezers; Ice makers; Specialty evaporators

Learning Objectives:
– Discuss basic details of evaporator operation, including the use of secondary coolant.
– List basic principles affecting evaporator heat transfer ability in DX and liquid overfeed systems.
– Discuss the reasons for coil fins and enhanced tube designs.
– Describe common DX and flooded liquid chillers.
– Discuss the construction and operation of evaporators used as air coils (coolers), including the benefits of penthouse installation.
– Describe the operation of various common kinds of freezers and ice makers.
– Explain how subcoolers, intercoolers, and thermosyphon oil coolers function as evaporators.

Lesson 3 - Air Unit Defrost Systems


Reasons for defrost; Hot gas, soft hot gas, electric, water, continuous glycol spray - and room air defrost; Defrost cycle initiation and termination

Learning Objectives:
– Explain why ice and frost form on a coil and discuss the problems resulting from this formation.
– Describe the basic process of defrosting by means of hot gas from the compressor discharge.
– Explain how the soft hot gas defrost system protects large industrial coils.
– Describe common defrost methods that do not use hot gas-electric, water, continuous glycol spray, and room air.
– Describe preset timer defrost methods.

Lesson 4 - Evaporative Condensers


Evaporative condenser basics and design features; Condenser selection; Condenser location; Refrigerant piping; Winter operation and capacity control; Water treatment

Learning Objectives:
– Describe the basic differences between air-cooled, water-cooled, and evaporative condensers and discuss the main operating features of each.
– Discuss the benefits of the evaporative condenser and explain why it has the lowest condensing temperature.
– Describe the design components of an evaporative condenser and explain how they work together to provide cooling.
– Discuss both the process of condenser selection and good and bad practices in locating condensers.
– Describe proper piping and equalization practices for both single and multiple condenser installations.
– Explain the need for condenser winterization and capacity control and discuss proper water treatment to control mineral and bacterial content.

Lesson 5 - Control Valves and Switches


Safety relief, stop and shutoff, check, solenoid, hand expansion, pressure regulating, and float valves; Float valve switches and controllers

Learning Objectives:
– Discuss the relief valve safety requirements as specified by the ASHRAE 15 code.
– Explain why dual relief valves are used, describe proper positioning of the three-way diverting valve, and explain how to calculate relief valve flow
– Describe the functioning of the various stop valves used on ammonia systems and explain why angle valves are preferred.
– Describe the various kinds of check valves and solenoid valve uses in automatic control on ammonia refrigeration systems.
– Describe the operation and functions of the hand expansion valve and describe typical pressure regulating valve applications and methods by which the
   valve is controlled.
– Discuss system high-side and low-side float valve uses and describe the operation of mechanical float switches.
– Discuss the benefits of the newer electronic level controllers in the automatic control of liquid levels, safety alarms, and system shutdown procedures.