SunCam: Online Continuing Education Classes
This is an introductory course that uses sample problems to demonstrate the use of Hazen-Williams Formula for answering the day to day hydraulics questions that confront engineers. To complete the course, (after purchase) you will download your FREE copy of "SunCam Hydro-Calc" software product for solving Hazen-Williams Formula problems that runs on Microsoft Excel®.
The objective of the course is to give engineers the ability to use the information that they know about a problem to solve for the things that they do not know. This course will provide useful skills, knowledge and insights for civil, sanitary, mechanical and engineers of all disciplines.
Engineers are frequently called upon to perform forensic analyses of the origin and cause of explosions and fires involving fuel gas systems that use either natural gas or propane. This course will consider those cases where the natural gas or propane vapor has escaped from its normal confinement and caused an explosion or fire or both.
This course will focus on two critical components of the engineer's expertise that may be brought to bear in such a forensic analysis. These concern the understanding of (1) how a fuel gas behaves when it is released from confinement, and (2) how the observed explosion damage may relate to the concentration of the fugitive gas and rate of release of the fugitive gas. Giving the engineer an understanding of these two areas of knowledge, from both a qualitative and a quantitative standpoint, will be the objective of this course.
This course provides a basic familiarity with the essentials of fire protection, and in particular, focused on sprinkler systems. The National Fire Protection Association Chapter 13 is the most followed guide for the installation of sprinklers. This course covers the essential thoughts and theories for the necessity of fire sprinkler protection, and how the building fuel load strongly influences the amount of required protection. It then discusses how best to meet that need using different components that make up a complete and operational fire protection system.
The course design gives a broad overview of fire protection and touches on many subjects without going to great in-depth levels. It is intended for engineers who need to interact with fire protection professionals, or facility maintenance engineers and management who desire a good working background knowledge of fire protection. It will not teach the complicated calculations and methodologies for designing fire protection systems. Forthcoming courses plan to address that topic in more detail.
Bulk silos are an essential part of most biomass and some forest products facilities. They are used for intermediate storage of partially processed raw material and storage of final product. The purpose of this course is to familiarize the engineer with the use of these silos, so that he can adequately specify them and provide for them in a plant layout.
On completing this course, the student should be able to:
Process flow calculations are an essential part of any biomass project. They provide an aid in firming-up the basic process, sizing equipment and estimating the project. The calculations however are complicated by the fact the certain variables such as daily operating hours, bulk density and moisture content vary as the material progresses through stages of the process. This course presents a methodical approach that can render the calculations relatively simple and minimize opportunities for errors in complex projects.
The focus of this course is to introduce some of the most common thermodynamic cycles. The course is divided into three parts. Part 1 of the course provides a quick overview of the first law for both closed and open systems and discusses gas power cycles. Part 2 covers vapor cycles and part 3 of this course covers the second law of thermodynamics along with refrigeration cycles.
Part 1 is intended to cover the preliminary concepts and theories required to analyze gas power cycles. The course begins with basic concepts of thermodynamics; with a brief coverage of topics such as the laws of thermodynamics, processes and cycles, properties of a pure substance, heat capacity, and the ideal gas law. The first law of thermodynamics is covered for both closed systems and open systems. Gas power cycles are covered with a focus on the Otto cycle and the diesel cycle using air-standard analysis.
This course is at an introductory level, and no prior knowledge of thermodynamics is required.