Control Valves 101

A complete guide to understanding control valves in process control systems
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  • Lectures 11
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 5/2016 English

Course Description

This course is the complete guide to understanding control valves and the role they play in any process oriented system. In the lectures we introduce control valves, the various components that make up the valves and then we talk about the different types of control valves and the application of each. 

The course is made up of 11 short lectures, under 15 minutes each and guides you through all the concepts and methodologies that are needed to understand how to apply control valves to you process system. 

Anyone studying the basics of engineering or works in a process oriented industry (eg: Oil & Gas, Food & Beverage, Pulp & Paper) should take this class, which explains the knowledge and application of using control valves in process systems. 

What are the requirements?

  • Basic understanding of process flow
  • Basic understanding of fluid dynamics

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand control valve definitions, terminology and role in process control
  • Size control valves for liquid and gas services
  • Understand control valve selection and characteristics
  • Review control valve installation considerations
  • Sizing and selecting control valves for various process systems

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone who works in the oil & gas industry
  • Anyone who works in a process oriented industry (eg: Food & Beverage, Pulp & Paper, etc..)
  • Anyone studying engineering basics and thermodynamics
  • Students studying chemical or process engineering and design

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Section 1: Control Valves - Introduction

Introduction to control valves, objectives of the class and the basic components that make up a control valve

Section 2: Control Valve - Characteristics & Installation

Definition of control valve elements and review of different types of control valves with benefits and advantages of each


Control valve characteristics in fluid flow through process systems


Review of control valve actuators, the different types and applications of each


Flashing of liquids in control valves, explanation of phenomena and mitigation techniques 


Cavitation phenomena in control valves and mitigation methods

Section 3: Control Valve - Sizing Equations

Sizing control valves in liquid application, equations and examples


Sizing control valves in gas phase application, equations and examples


Sizing control valves in steam application, equations and examples

Section 4: Summary

Installation considerations when using valves in process systems


Summary of control valve 101 class with a review of material studied

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Instructor Biography

Talal El Awar, Professional Engineer

Proficient project manager and licensed control system engineer with strong technical engineering and design experience in the Oil & Gas industry. Broad background in all major aspects of project execution, project development and controls engineering with responsibilities in multi-discipline project management, project scheduling, budgetary reporting, conceptual design, PHA reviews and P&ID development. 

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