Precipitator Seminars



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Precipitator Seminars offers both public and in-house seminars in electrostatic precipitation. The primary objective of these seminars is to teach attendees how to better evaluate, operate, maintain and improve the performance of existing precipitators. Emphasis is on developing a practical understanding of the basic factors and determinants of precipitator operation and performance.


Precipitator Seminars are run by:

TRK Engineering Service, Inc.
8 Bates Lane
Westford, MA 01886

President: Thomas Keeler

Telephone: 978-287-0550
Fax: 978-287-0569


In-house Seminars

In-House seminars can be a cost effective means of providing training tailored to your facility and schedule.

Seminar Options

Operation & Maintenance Seminar
This two-day seminar is intended for both supervisors and hands-on personnel. Mr. T. Keeler instructs the course which covers how to make the overall ESP perform, details of internal inspection, gas distribution, analysis of electrical readings and process effects.

The instructor arrives the day prior to the seminar to review your equipment and gather pertinent information. This allows him to structure the agenda of the seminar to train your employees to better understand your specific application, and to identify problem areas of the precipitator for optimum performance results.

For pricing and scheduling, please free to contact us:

Precipitator Seminars
8 Bates Lane
Westford, MA 01886

Tel: (978) 287-0550
Fax: (978) 287-0569


Seminar Features

Fundamentals - Brief history as to why problems exist, concepts of precipitation, and what to look for to attain success.

Resistivity Factors - What resistivity really means and how to evaluate it; How to use resistivity for successful precipitation.

Process Factors - What areas of a process produces the greatest effect on the precipitator; How minor changes in the process can often
provide success, and suggested parameters for optimum operation.

Electrical Concepts - What the voltage and current values really mean and circuit parameters; Concepts of spark-over and how to evaluate it.

Gas Distribution - Factors How to evaluate flow patterns and how to correct poor gas flow distribution.

Opacity Concepts - How the opacity chart can be an important evaluation tool and how to use the instantaneous opacity trace to optimize performance.

Operation & Maintenance - What is required to minimize component failures, how to inspect the precipitator, and how much internal damage can be allowed.

Field Evaluation - How to use the control panel meters to ascertain resistivity levels and internal problems; How to use observation doors and other evaluation methods.

Rapping Concepts - What happens during rapping and how to evaluate optimum rapping modes.


Typical Agenda

Day 1: Operation & Maintenance

Precipitator Fundamentals 8:00 - 9:00
Resistivity Factors 9:00 - 10:00
Question & Answer Break 10:00 - 10:15
Process Factors 10:15 - 12:00
Lunch 12:00 - 1:00
Practical Look At ESP Electrical Concepts 1:00 - 2:15
Question & Answer Break 2:15 - 2:30
Gas Distribution Factors 2:30 - 3:15
Testing Concepts 3:15 - 3:45
Opacity Concepts 3:45 - 4:15
Question & Answer 4:15 - 4:30

Day 2: Operation & Maintenance

Operation & Maintenance I 8:00 - 10:00
Question & Answer Break 10:00 - 10:15
Operation & Maintenance II 10:15 - 12:00
Lunch 12:00 - 1:00
Field Evaluations of ESPs 1:00 - 2:30
Question & Answer Break 2:30 - 2:45
Rapping Concepts 2:45 - 3:15
Discussion of Specific Installation 3:15 - 4:30


Instructor Biography

Mr. Thomas R. Keeler
TRK Engineering Services, Inc.
Precipitator Seminars
Westford, MA 01886

Mr. Keeler is an electrical engineer with over twenty years in the particulate removal field including five years as a field service engineer for Environmental Elements Corporation and several years with CSI Engineering. TRK Engineering Services, Inc. is a consulting service group specializing in electrostatic precipitators and their application in numerous industrial settings, including, the utility, pulp and paper, cement, steel and petrochemical industries.

Mr. Keeler is an active member in the International Society of Electrostatic Precipitation (ISESP) and IEEE. He was a committee member and panelist at ESP/FF Roundtable Forum 1993 Power-Gen Conference and a committee member for the Air & Waste Management Association AE-1 Particulate and Associated Acid Gases. Additionally, Mr. Keeler was a speaker at the 1994 III World Mining Exposition in Chile.

Partial List of Past Participants

Allegheny Power Company
Baltimore Gas & Electric Company
Carolina Power & Light
Central Illinois Light
Cincinnati Gas & Electric Company
Commonwealth Edison
Duke Power
Lafarge Cement
General Public Utilities
Inco Ltd
Kerr-McGee Corporation
Martin-Marietta Company
Proctor & Gamble
Texas Utilities
Virginia Electric & Power Company
Wisconsin Electric Power