Ammonia Piping Handbook Education Program

Exploring an Essential Tool for Designers, Contractors and Operators
Virtual Presentation
Thursday June 24, 2021
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM EDT


In what has become an essential part of IIAR’s annual conference, the IIAR will offer a special education program to provide additional educational opportunities and continuing education credits.  The 2021 program topic will be “The IIAR Refrigeration Piping Handbook – Exploring an Essential Tool for Designers, Contractors and Operators”. 

This 4 hour course will examine all the parts of the IIAR Refrigeration Piping Handbook and will provide an overview of the content (including spreadsheet calculators provided to handbook purchasers) and detailed explanations of the art and engineering methods that are presented in the handbook.

This program will be presented in four parts by outstanding refrigeration professionals. 

  • Part 1 will cover pressure drop engineering equations, vertical suction riser flow theory, and the use of computer programs and nomographs. Mr. Bruce Nelson of Colmac Coil Manufacturing, Past Chairman of the IIAR BOD and Current Chairman of NRF will present this material.  Bruce was instrumental in leading the recent research in two phase flow analysis for vertical suction risers and re-writing the first chapter on pressure drop calculations. Among many other contributions, Bruce was the chair of IIAR’s research committee for many years and aided the completion of many valuable research projects. 
  • Part 2 will cover evaporator and condenser piping methods.  Depending on design and function, successful evaporator and condenser piping designs require attention to nuance to achieve safe and optimal performance. Mr. Gordon Struder, Director, Advanced Engineering at Evapco, will present this material. Gordon is a member of the IIAR Board of Directors and is the Chairman of the IIAR Piping Committee. He was also involved with the re-write of chapter one and indeed the entire handbook. He was also a long time chairman of ASHRAE’s Refrigeration Piping Committee.
  • Part 3 will cover a number of other important topics found within the handbook including plant layout, machinery room layout, welding requirements, schematics, and relief piping. Mr. Doug Stricker of Gray Architects and Engineers will present this material.  Doug has several decades of experience in design and managing the construction of hundreds of refrigeration systems varying in size and scope.  He is a member of an IIAR Standards Consensus Body, the IIAR Piping Committee and has been a contributor to the review and editing of the handbook content. 
  • Part 4 addresses insulation systems for piping and equipment, an extremely important component of any refrigeration system. Insulation systems reduce energy consumption, enhance workplace safety, and increase the mechanical integrity of piping and vessels. Mr. Jim Young of Johns Manville will provide the overview of insulation guidance found within the handbook.  Jim is a long-term member of IIAR’s piping committee and was instrumental in the execution of IIAR’s upcoming Insulation Installation Guideline and other insulation research. Jim is also a long-term member of ASHRAE’s piping and insulation technical committees.  His career spans several decades and has been devoted to the application of insulation for various systems, but mainly to cold service applications.  Jim was heavily involved in the crafting and editing of the insulation chapter and has contributed many articles for the IIAR “Condenser” as well as technical papers.

The IIAR Refrigeration Piping Handbook Education Program is presented as an adjunct technical program to the annual conference technical program.  Registrants will be provided the opportunity to purchase a new piping handbook (which provides access to computer design programs) for a 40% discount.

2021 Technical Program

Presentation dates and times will vary based on finalized in-person and virtual session schedule


2021 Technical Papers

Technical Papers are currently in peer review.  Presenter names will be displayed after the peer review process is complete.

RAGAGEP: Historical Variants and the Importance of IIAR Standards

Recognized and Generally Accepted Good Engineering Practices (RAGAGEP) are written documents intended for use in the design, installation, operation, and maintenance of process equipment. There has been a move in the ammonia refrigeration industry towards standardization, yet there are historical variants which often cause confusion. This session will examine RAGAGEP variants and discuss the importance of adhering to IIAR standards. We’ll also look at tools for keeping RMP/PSM programs on-track and ensuring that a process adheres to RAGAGEP standards.
Uriah Donaldson, Resource Compliance
When: Monday, June 21, 2021, 1:30 PM

Fallacies in Using P&IDs for Construction Drawings

Although P&IDs can be helpful in showing individual equipment components and operation, using them in place of system drawings can fall short in accurately conveying two-phase flow throughout an ammonia refrigeration system. And while P&IDs are shown in a two-dimensional drawing, two-phase flow requires a three-dimensional understanding of the movement of liquid and gas throughout a refrigeration system. This session is intended to show some of the common fallacies in using P&IDs to represent complete refrigeration piping systems, sometimes with catastrophic results.
Henry Bonar, PE, Bonar Engineering Inc.
When: Monday, June 21, 2021, 1:30 PM

Implementing Risk Based Inspections for the Ammonia Refrigeration Industry

OSHA’s PSM program and the EPA’s RMP rule rely on mechanical integrity to achieve the desired results.  When it comes to mechanical integrity of piping and vessels, IIAR 6 allows facilities the option of either frequency-based or risk-based inspections.  Making a transition from the IIAR B-110 frequency-based inspection program to a risk-based inspection protocol, however, requires a fair amount of planning and preparation. The transition from frequency to a risk-based inspection model requires some historical information be obtained first, but for many facilities this switch is a worthwhile effort.
Ric Hartung, Process & Safety Solutions LLC
When: Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 4:30 PM

Operating Experiences with Large Scale, Two-Stage, Three-Temperature, Ammonia DX Low-Temperature Refrigeration System

This session will describe the design, installation and operating experiences associated with a large scale, dual stage, three temperature, centralized low charge NH3 refrigeration plant. The total system design refrigeration capacity is approximately 1.7 MW (484 TR). Dry expansion refrigerant feed is employed throughout; there are no refrigerant pumps. We’ll touch on some of the design challenges encountered during the concept stage, and we’ll focus in detail on construction and commissioning experiences as well as recorded energy performances since May 2020.
Finn Dresen, Kältetechnik Dresen + Bremen, GmbH
When:  Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 10:30 AM

The Case for HAZOP

Should hazard and operability (HAZOP) methodology be standard for Hazard Reviews (HRs) and Process Hazard Analyses (PHA)s. While there are advocates and opponents of the HAZOP methodology, this paper will argue that the benefits generally outweigh the costs. Opponents argue that HAZOP takes more time, and at a higher cost, than methodologies such as the What-If and/or Checklist methodologies. However, the additional effort yields a more exhaustive study identifying specific vulnerabilities throughout a potentially complex system. If the industry is aiming to enhance safety culture, shouldn’t it be embracing a deeper and more meaningful methodology to address vulnerabilities before failures occur?
Stephanie Smith, PE, Risk Management Professionals, Inc.
When: Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 3:00 PM

Sustainable Use Cases for Ammonia as a Refrigerant in Residential/Light-Commercial HVAC

Significant research and development has gone into the deployment of ammonia as a refrigerant in air-conditioning and heat pump systems, going back to the first half of the 20th century. This session will offer an overview of the basic thermodynamic cycles currently in application/development/consideration, as well as the accompanying hardware systems in various stages of maturation. We’ll also discusses the pros and cons of using this earliest of refrigerants that continues to provide some of the most promising performance - both in terms of all-round environmental impact and energy (resource) consumption.
Vikas Patnaik, PhD, MBA, PoleStar Consulting, LLC
When:  Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 2:00 PM

CFD Analysis of Pipework Fracture Due to Hydraulic Shock in an Ammonia Refrigeration System

Condensation induced hydraulic shock (CIHS) is a safety issue requiring accurate prediction of the risk of pipe rupture due to formation of a hydraulic shock. This session will describe a computerized fluid dynamics (CFD) that has been validated against experimental data. Its application to a real accident scenario produced accurate predictions and demonstrated capability to address safety and design issues in industrial scale refrigeration systems. We’ll also discuss the potential benefits of CFD analysis of generic valve group designs in locations where hydraulic shock most frequently occurs.
Chidambaram (Chidu) Narayanan, DSc, AFRY, AG; Lane Loyko, PLA Corp.; and Bent Wiencke, Nestle USA (retired)
When: Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 10:30 AM

Considerations in Designing Industrial Refrigeration Systems for Full Vacuum

This session will examine considerations regarding modes of test and operation that place ammonia refrigeration systems in a vacuum.  We’ll present results for ASME BPVC calculations across a range of typical pressure vessels constructed from A516 carbon steel and show why full vacuum should not be applied to vessels that exceed a specified length to diameter ratio (L/D) unless the vessel nameplate indicates it has been designed for full vacuum.
Martin L. Timm, PE, CSP, Linde PLC (Retired)
When: Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 3:30 PM

Análisis de los ciclos de refrigeración con amoniaco/Analysis of Ammonia Refrigeration Cycles (delivered in Spanish)

Descripción de los ciclos aplicables de refrigeración con amoniaco de vapor por compresión para aplicaciones industriales con diferentes rangos de temperatura incluyendo procesos de ultra baja temperatura, baja temperatura, temperatura media y alta temperatura con explicación didáctica de aplicaciones de plantas frigoríficas con amoniaco para cubrir todas las necesidades industriales desde procesos de congelación, refrigeración hasta acondicionamiento de aire en fabricas de procesos de la industria de alimentos y otras donde se tengan necesidades de refrigeración en sus procesos de manufactura.
Silvio Toro, Froztec International, Inc.
When: Monday, June 21, 2021, 3:30 PM

Identifying and Quantifying Fugitive Emissions from Industrial Refrigeration Systems

Numerous facilities have experienced situations where a component in a refrigeration system intermittently leaks.  Inherent in their intermittency is the difficulty of pinpointing the leak source. And when the source cannot be identified, continued refrigerant emission is the obvious result.  This session will provide examples of fugitive emissions in industrial ammonia refrigeration systems and methods that can be used to locate and quantify the rate of loss.
Marc Claas, Industrial Refrigeration Consortium
When: Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 12:30 PM

Evaporadores para Areas de Procesamiento de Alimentos/Evaporators for Food Processing Areas (delivered in Spanish)

El control de patógenos en instalaciones de procesamiento de alimentos juega una parte importante en garantizarla seguridad de nuestros suministros de alimentos. Entre otros requerimientos, la USDA exige que el equipo sea limpiado cuidadosamente para remover manchas y después sanitizado para desinfectar las  superficies. Con frecuencia estos dos procesos involucran químicos, los cuales, si no son seleccionados y aplicados adecuadamente, tienen el potencial de corroer y dañar las superficies de metal de los evaporadores. Este material discute las fuentes de corrosión, la resistencia a la corrosión de varios metales usados en evaporadores y hace recomendaciones de acuerdo con la selección de la construcción del serpentín y acompañamiento apropiado de desinfectantes y limpiadores químicos para el ambiente en operación.
Gabriel Gutierrez, Colmac Coil Manufacturing, Inc.
When: Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 4:30 PM

Válvulas Motorizadas. Cómo tomar ventaja completa?/Motorized Valves. How to Take Full Advantage? (delivered in Spanish)

Los ingenieros que pueden ser reacios a las nuevas tecnologías o componentes electrónicos y aquellos que no tienen el conocimiento suficiente sobre esta tecnología y sus beneficios, pueden obtener información detallada y soporte sobre las aplicaciones, características, consideraciones de cálculo y beneficios de las válvulas motorizadas para mejorar la forma en que diseñan y controlan sus sistemas de refrigeración industrial.
Roberto Badillo, Danfoss Mexico
When: Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 12:30 PM

Procedimiento LOTO para Sistemas de Refrigeración/LOTO Procedure for Refrigeration Systems (delivered in Spanish)

Las energías peligrosas son la causa raíz de muchos accidentes laborales incapacitantes y fatales, este documento contiene información para controlar dichas energías través del procedimiento de bloqueo etiquetado (LOTO) para evitar accidentes. En este documento puede encontrar descripción de las energías peligrosas, procedimientos para realizar un bloqueo etiquetado sencillo o múltiple, actividades en las que se requiere el procedimiento, los tipos de dispositivo que se pueden usar en cada aplicación, pasos para retirar el dispositivo, para hacer cambios de turno laboral y las consecuencias de no cumplir estos requisitos.
Juan Carlos Zeledón, Cargill, Nicaragua
When: Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 3:00 PM

CO2 Aplicados  en Centros de Distribución: caso de Exito/CO2 Applied in Distribution Centers: A Case Study (delivered in Spanish)

A la hora de asegurar la calidad de los alimentos, es fundamental tener absoluto control en la cadena de frio. Los centros de distribución refrigerados son fundamentales en este aspecto, y su evolución  tanto en su uso como en su ubicación hace que la tecnología de Refrigerante usado sea clave en su implementación. El uso de CO2 como refrigerante en los centros de distribución proporciona todas las ventajas desde el punto de vista de sutentabilidad, y a su vez permite construir centros logísticos flexibles, con una arquitecturaque se adapta a lugares cerca a la poblacion, multiambiente, con mejores proceso en conservación de alimentos, y aumento la calidad en sus procesos.
Mauricio Baena, Hillphoenix, Columbia
When: Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 3:30 PM

2021 Workshops

From Dry to Hybrid: A 360 Degree View of Cooling Technologies

A variety of fundamentally different dry cooling technologies are available for cooling water/glycol mixtures. The decision for or against one of these technologies during the planning stage of a project has an impact not only directly on the investment sum but also on the subsequent operating costs of the plant as a whole – across the entire life cycle. This is one of the reasons why it is important to know the applications of the technologies, as well as their specific advantages and disadvantages, and to evaluate them accordingly.
Michael Freiherr and Miguel Garrido, Güntner, U.S.
When: Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 10:30 AM

Defrosting Finned Air Cooling Heat Exchangers - An Optimization Based on Practical Experiences and Theoretical Research

Typical methods for defrosting air coolers are by hot discharge gas, electrical heating rods, water or warm glycol. This session will discuss methods of controlling the defrost to avoid excessive steam formation from the defrost process. A control logic and strategy is presented to secure a safe, reliable and efficient defrost. The focus will be on hot gas, electrical and glycol defrost. The target is to present a best-practice for controlling the defrost. The second part will look at maximizing efficiency and reliability by preventing the escape of heat and moisture from  the unit cooler.
Felix Weber, thermofin GmBH
When: Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 2:00 PM

Determining Leak Rates in Ammonia Refrigeration Piping

Bent Wiencke, Nestle USA (retired)
When:  Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 10:30 AM

2021 Panels

Panel 1: IIAR Research Panel

Information and discussion on current NRF funded IIAR research projects and results.
When: Monday, June 21, 2021, 3:30 PM

Panel 2:  Code and Regulatory Panel

Updates from Code and Regulatory experts.
When:  Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 12:00 PM
Technical Program content is subject to change.  Final details will be available closer to the date of the event.