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Troubleshooting for Combustion and Air Pollution Control Equipment

Originally delivered Jan 29, 2020
Source: AIChE
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    1 hour
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Troubleshooting requires field work, and is a good fit for those that like a challenge. Troubleshooters are brought in to solve problems quickly and augment site personnel capabilities for startups, shutdowns and forensic investigations.

The main elements are getting good test data, running calculations when needed, and a high level of communication with plant personnel. This webinar offers guidance on how to troubleshoot quickly and safely, and the tools and equipment required to do so for combustion and air pollution control equipment. Photos of equipment and test gear, communication with plant personnel, review of documentation, short cuts to speed work up, root cause analysis, safety, and a listing of the many things that can go wrong with valves, pumps, fans, spray nozzles and other items are covered.

You Will Learn:

  • Initial meetings, daily debriefing and trip reports
  • Interacting with plant personnel and obtaining a problem statement
  • How to obtain problem history or root cause
  • Pre-review of as planned OEM and engineering documents to compare with actual conditions
  • How to break down the problem to quickly identify the cause


Tom McGowan

Thomas F. McGowan, PE is president and founder of TMTS Associates Inc. (399 Pavillion Street, Atlanta, GA 30315; Phone: 404-627-4722; Email,; Website:, a firm that for more than 20 years, has specialized in thermal systems and air pollution control. Prior to starting the firm, he was employed by RMT/Four Nines, Envirite, the Georgia Tech Research Institute, and Particulate Solid Research, Inc.

McGowan has 45 years of experience...Read more

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