Burns Engineering Services

Condenser Seminar
January 9 & 10, 2014

Join us, Thursday & Friday - January 9 & 10, 2014, in beautiful New Orleans for our next Condenser Seminar with Cooling Tower Session.

Seminar Benefits:

Designed for utility personnel, this seminar gives a comprehensive understanding of modern design, maintenance & operation of the condenser & cooling tower. It focuses on practical techniques to improve reliability while reducing maintenance costs.

As technical specialists in retubing & modular replacement, the seminar covers tube material selection, specifications, and site QA & technical oversight.

Useful ways to boost operating performance will be discussed in detail.

A customized manual for use during the seminar and as a handy reference guide afterwards will be provided. Each attendee that completes the course will also receive 15 PDHs with a certificate that can be applied for PE license renewal

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Topics to be Covered:

  1. Heat Transfer & Principles of Design: Learn the relevant technical background.
  2. Components & Material of Construction: Make informed choices (considering maximum loadings) as to when material replacement is needed.
  3. Air Removal Equipment: SJAE & Vacuum Pumps: Dispel the myths surrounding this critical subsystem & how to interpret its unusual performance curves.
  4. Performance Codes, Estimates & Monitoring: HEI & PTC 12.2 estimates or guidelines. Find out how & when to apply these important methods to get the practical results you need. Be proficient in instrumentation used for testing & monitoring.
  5. Impacts on Turbine, Heat Rate & Generation: Discover how to quantify the condenser impacts on the bottom line.
  6. Inspections & Condition Assessments: Rapidly identify trouble spot before they become big problems. Create the best visual inspection process for both the water & shell side before your outage kicks off. Learn about a range of suitable repair methods.
  7. Retubing & Modular Replacement: Tube material properties and the selection process, tube mill & contractor specifications, site QA & technical oversight issues.
  8. Air & Water In-leakage Testing: Determine your options with detect detection techniques.
  9. Tube Failure Mechanisms: Corrosion, Vibration & Condensate Grooving. Find out what's happening inside your condenser tubing and how to minimize harmful effects.
  10. Root Cause Deficiency Evaluations: Learn how to isolate the effects of fouling & other performance detractors in your condenser.
  11. Tube Material Selection & Retubing: Specify & evaluate competitive bids to achieve a quality installation with the performance you need. Understand key installation & corrosion criteria to select the best tube replacement material.
  12. Modular Rebundling: Learn what you need to know before recommending this to your management & how to write the technical specification for the work.
  13. The Power Uprate Evaluation: Find out how the cooling system responds to increased uprate steam flow & its effect on performance, generation & revenue.

Bourbon Orleans Hotel: A French Quarter Treasure

717 Orleans Street, New Orleans, LA 70116

Book Early!

Attendees are responsible for booking their own hotel rooms. A block of rooms is being held for the BES Seminar at $119/night for January 8th & 9th, 2014. A special rate of $249 is also available for Friday, January 10th, 2014. Call (866) 513-9744 and use the code: 1401BURNSE to get these rates or simply CLICK HERE to book now. Room rates are only guaranteed until December 13, 2013, so book your room as soon as possible.

In-House Seminars

For those of you unable to attend our seminars, Burns Engineering Services, Inc. (B.E.S.) will arrange to hold condenser seminars at your location upon request & tailor the seminar to your specific interests and needs.

Contact Information

Dan Burns | dan@burnsengr.com
113 Castlewood Drive, Cary, NC 27511
Tel (919) 466-0435 | Fax (866)335-8230

Instructor: Jack Burns, PE & ASME Fellow

  • Director & Founder, Burns Engineering Services, Inc.
  • Cooling Systems Consultant, Stone & Webster for over 24 years
  • Former Engineering Development Manager & Designer in the Condenser Division at Ingersoll-Rand (now Yuba-Ecolaire) for 14 years
  • Chairman of ASME Performance Test Codes for Steam Surface Condensers, Cooling Towers & Air-Cooled Steam Condensers
  • Awarded 2002 ASME Performance Test Codes Medal
  • MS: Mechanical Engineer, Lehigh University.; B. Marine Engineer, NY Maritime College
  • Licensed Professional Engineer in NY, NJ, TX & MA
  • Held Marine Engineers Steam/NJ Blue Seal Operators License
  • Previously appointed as condenser instructor on behalf of the U.S. Dept. of Energy
  • Kickoff Instructor at last four EPRI Condenser Technology Seminars
  • Principal Instructor of more than 25 seminars educating various utilities and service groups in the past 6 years
  • Published over 35 papers in the field

Guest Lecturer: David Hutton, P.E.

  • Former President & Chairman of the Cooling Technology Institute (CTI)
  • Thirty-eight years of industry experience with Baltimore Air Coil specializing in engineering design and management, field performance testing and trouble-shooting, product management, and marketing management in evaporative heat transfer and thermal storage equipment for HVAC, industrial, process and power generation applications
  • Member of ASME PTC-23 Committee, "Performance Test Code for Atmospheric Water-Cooling Equipment."
  • Member of ASME PTC-30.1 Committee, "Performance Test Code for Air-Cooled Steam Condensers"
  • Founder and President of Delta-H Systems, LLC, a cooling tower consulting firm
  • Author of over ten authoritative papers published by CTI, EPRI, ASME, and industry journals on the subject of cooling towers and cooling systems.


"As a system manager of the condenser and air removal equipment, I found the course very informative, especially the sections on inspections and condition assessment, performance, testing & troubleshooting, retubing and the power uprate."

"Very professional presentations, a lot of good information to consider for our own plant improvements"

"I met some incredible individuals, both attendees and instructors and found it to be a great opportunity to exchange ideas with my peers"