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Establishing maintenance performance indicators

Description: Maintenance Performance Indicators (PI) specify where the maintenance department is and which direction it is going allowing for a quick and accurate assessment of the performance of the Maintenance Management Program (MMP). Establishing PI`s for the maintenance department will allow a measure of productivity and a means of feedback for methods improvement. Effective performance of the maintenance department directly effects plant profitability. Improvements in the quality and productivity of the maintenance work force will significantly reduce maintenance costs. The level of performance attained by the maintenance work force is usually guessed at. Guessing will not identify areas needing improvement or help to initiate a corrective action. Maintenance PI`s are required for maintenance departments whose goal is to control maintenance costs while increasing productivity. The application of basic statistical methods will allow a maintenance department to know where they are and which direction they are going. The data presented in this paper is a representation of indicators used in industry as well as developed indicators to establish a complete maintenance performance indicator program. The methodology used in developing this program can be used as a way to manage a cost effective maintenance management program.
Date: October 1, 1994
Creator: Baca, B.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

A comparison of the dynamic stiffness of the Goldcrown GC-500 grinding machine for three slide designs

Description: This report provides a summary of the results obtained from the calculations that compare the dynamic stiffness of three slide design systems for the Goldcrown GC-500 centerless grinder; it also describes the models and procedures used to develop the calculations, the assumptions made, and the details that went into performing this work. The authors developed analytical models of the three Goldcrown slide designs and performed several computational studies to determine the dynamic stiffness of the designs. The three slide systems are hereafter referred to as the plane slide, the INA slide, and the polymer-coated slide. The plane slide is the dovetail slide and way traditionally used in machine tool designs. The INA slide is a design created by Goldcrown using INA Bearing Company recirculating roller bearings, and dampers on a rail guideway. The polymer-coated slide is a design using a low friction polymer coating for a modified plane slide system. A study of the drawings indicated that a comparison could be made, within a reasonable amount of time and effort, that would be indicative of the dynamic stiffness of the three designs if the machine was modeled as being composed of the following seven structural components: (1) the base, (2) the swivel plate, (3) the lower slide, (4) the upper housing, (5) the regulating wheel housing, (6) the ball screw, and (7) the in-feed body.
Date: January 1, 1994
Creator: Bennett, J. G.; Goldman, P.; Williams, D. C. & Farrar, C. R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

A comparison of impulse drying to double felted pressing on pilot- scale shoe presses and roll presses. Progress report, No. 6

Description: Pilot-scale shoe press and roll press experiments have been conducted to compare impulse drying and double felted pressing. Both ceramic coated and Beloit Type C press rolls have been evaluated. The experiments show that impulse drying can provide significantly higher outgoing solids than double felled pressing at the same impulse. For example, at an impulse of 0.234 MPa seconds (34 psi seconds), sheets at an ingoing solids of 52% were impulse dried (using the Beloit Type C press roll) to 68% solids while optimized double felled pressing could only yield press dryness of, at most, 60%.
Date: August 1, 1992
Creator: Orloff, D. I.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

A comprehensive program to develop correlations for the physical properties of Kraft black liquor. Interim report No. 2

Description: Experimental effort for the program to evaluate physical properties of kraft black liquors is now proceeding well. Experimental work includes pulping, liquor analysis, lignin purification and characterization, vapor-liquid equilibria, heat capacity, heats of solution and combustion, and viscosity measurements. Measurement of thermal conductivity has not yet begun. Collection of the data necessary for development of generalized correlations is proceeding, but will require about two more years. The digester is operating very well. It is now possible to operate the digester as a closed, rotating reactor or as a batch reactor with liquor circulation. When operated with liquor circulation, temperatures within the chip bed can be monitored during cooking. Cooking is reproducible, and cooks are being performed to produce liquors for experimental studies. The digester could be further modified to permit us to conduct rapid exchange batch pulping or to permit us to simulate continuous pulping. Liquors to be used in experimental studies are concentrated in our large scale evaporator or in our small scale evaporator. The large scale evaporator is used to concentrate liquors to about 50% solids for storage and for use in studies requiring high solids liquors. The small scale evaporator is used for preparing final samples to as high as 85% solids and for measuring vapor-liquid equilibria. Liquors are now routinely analyzed to determine all components, except higher molecular weight organic acids and extractives. Lignin determination by uv-visible means has been improved. Lignin purification from black liquor has been improved and lignin molecular weights are determined routinely. Work on lignin molecular weight distribution is still not satisfactory, but recent developments holds promise.
Date: December 1, 1990
Creator: Fricke, A. L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Proof of concept test and evaluation (pilot/mill testing) of Lasentec refining sensor. Final report

Description: On-line measurement of refining development is of vital concern to the papermaker since its control directly affects the uniformity of the product, drainage, drying and energy consumption. The current methods of monitoring fiber development during refining rely on secondary measures such as: Drainage rate, either measured off-line as Canadian standard freeness, or on-line with a number of commercial sample and test devices; energy consumption at the refiner; or changes in vacuum on the paper machine. To overcome these limitations of the existing technology, this project was designed to evaluate the use of a new type of sensor to monitor fiber development during refining. This sensor, a Lasentec Scanning Laser Microscope (SLM), is currently used as a particle size analyzer for slurries. The sensor will be described in more detail later. The use of this sensor had been successful in the laboratory. This project, was to establish this instrument as an in-line means to directly monitor refining.
Date: June 3, 1994
Creator: Anderson, J. E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Housing development for plasma electrode pockel cells. Final report

Description: The ability to produce metal machined products with deep pockets and thin walls is a critical feature of the Kansas City Plant. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories` upgrade of the NOVA Laser in preparation for the National Ignition Facility (NIF) offered the opportunity to exercise and maintain this capability on a limited scope project. Their purpose was to evaluate the feasibility of replacing the current PEPC (plasma electrode pockel cell) housings with aluminum structurally robust housings and associated hardware. When completed, the National Ignition Facility will provide other alternatives for nuclear testing to maintain the enduring stockpile. The NOVA laser is the precursor to this development.
Date: January 1, 1995
Creator: Stubenhofer, R. L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Commercial equipment cost database

Description: This report, prepared for DOE, Office of Codes and Standards, as part of the Commercial Equipment Standards Program at Pacific Northwest Laboratory, specifically addresses the equipment cost estimates used to evaluate the economic impacts of revised standards. A database including commercial equipment list prices and estimated contractor costs was developed, and through statistical modeling, estimated contractor costs are related to equipment parameters including performance. These models are then used to evaluate cost estimates developed by the ASHRAE 90.1 Standing Standards Project Committee, which is in the process of developing a revised ASHRAE 90.1 standard. The database will also be used to support further evaluation of the manufacturer and consumer impacts of standards. Cost estimates developed from the database will serve as inputs to economic modeling tools, which will be used to estimate these impacts. Preliminary results suggest that list pricing is a suitable measure from which to estimate contractor costs for commercial equipment. Models developed from these cost estimates accurately predict estimated costs. The models also confirm the expected relationships between equipment characteristics and cost. Cost models were developed for gas-fired and electric water heaters, gas-fired packaged boilers, and warm air furnaces for indoor installation. Because of industry concerns about the use of the data, information was not available for the other categories of EPAct-covered equipment. These concerns must be addressed to extend the analysis to all EPAct equipment categories.
Date: January 1, 1995
Creator: Freeman, S. L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Research and Development to Overcome Fouling of Membranes. First Annual Report, October 1, 1989--October 31, 1990

Description: During this first year of the program, we have successfully accomplished the main objective of demonstrating the feasibility of using piezoelectrically assisted ultrafiltration to reduce membrane fouling and enhance the flux through ultrafiltration membranes. A preliminary economic evaluation, accounting for the power consumption of the piezoelectric driver and the extent of permeate flow rate enhancement, has also shown that piezoelectrically assisted ultrafiltration is cost effective and economically competitive with traditional separation processes. Piezoelectric transducers, such as a piezoelectric lead zirconate titanate (PZT) disc or a piezoelectric horn, driven by moderate power, significantly enhance the permeate flux on fouled membranes, presumably because they promote local turbulence. Several experiments were conducted on polysulfone and regenerated cellulose UF membranes fouled during filtration of model feed solutions. Solutions of poly(ethylene glycol) and of high-molecular weight dextran were used as models. We found that we could significantly increase the permeate flux by periodically driving the piezoelectric transducer, horn, or PZT disc, by application of moderate power over short periods of time, from 20 to 90 seconds. Enhancements as high as a factor of 8 were recorded with a few seconds, and enhanced permeate fluxes were maintained over a prolonged period (up to 3 hours). The prolonged flux enhancement makes it feasible to drive the piezoelectric transducer intermittently, thereby reducing the power consumption of the piezoelectric driver.
Date: June 1, 1992
Creator: Narang, S. C.; Sharma, S. K.; Ventura, S. C.; Roberts, D. L. & Ahner, N.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Advanced heat pump for recovery of volatile organic compounds, Phase III - demonstration of BCSRHP mobile regenerator. Final report

Description: Under Phase I of the subject contract, feasibility studies and basic engineering studies were performed for a Brayton Cycle Solvent Recovery Heat Pump (BCSRBP) system to prevent pollution from small source emitters. It was determined that the cost of a complete system, including adsorbers and regeneration process, would be far too much for the small emission source in most cases. This {open_quotes}integrated{close_quotes} approach was therefore not feasible. However, it was concluded that the expensive portion of the Brayton cycle process, the regenerator, could be shared by mounting it on a trailer that could be transported to different sites to regenerate an adsorber. Under Phase II of the project a mobile regenerator (BCSRI-IP) was designed and built to serve a large number of sites. Adsorbers were designed to control emissions for a week or more between regenerations. The purpose of phase III was to demonstrate the cost effectiveness and efficiency of the shared (decoupled) BRAYSORB{reg_sign} solvent recovery system in energy use and emission control compared to other control technologies through a performance testing program at representative industrial and commercial host sites in Southern California. NUCON was the prime contractor for the demonstration portion of this project. Support and funding were received from Southern California Edison Company, South Coast Air Quality Management District, and the U.S. Department of Energy in addition to the contribution by NUCON. Contractual arrangements were completed with each of the host sites and permits for both the stationary and mobile equipment were acquired. The adsorbers were installed at each host site and the appropriate interface connections were made. The mobile regenerator was transported to Southern California for the demonstration.
Date: November 1, 1994
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Free displacer and Ringbom displacer for a Malone refrigerator

Description: Malone refrigeration uses a liquid near its critical point (instead of the customary gas) as the working fluid in a Stirling, Brayton, or similar regenerative or recuperative cycle. Thus far, we have focused on the Stirling cycle, to avoid the difficult construction of the high-pressure-difference counterflow recuperator required for a Brayton machine. Our first Malone refrigerator used liquid propylene (C{sub 3}H{sub 6}) in a double-acting 4-cylinder Stirling configuration. First measurements with a free displacer used in a liquid working fluid are presented. The displacer was operated both in harmonic mode and in Ringbom mode, in liquid carbon dioxide. The results are in reasonable agreement with expectations.
Date: May 1, 1994
Creator: Swift, G. W. & Brown, A. O.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Technological and economic potential of poly(lactic acid) and lactic acid derivatives

Description: Lactic acid has been an intermediate-volume specialty chemical (world production {approximately}40,000 tons/yr) used in a wide range of food processing and industrial applications. lactic acid h,as the potential of becoming a very large volume, commodity-chemical intermediate produced from renewable carbohydrates for use as feedstocks for biodegradable polymers, oxygenated chemicals, plant growth regulators, environmentally friendly ``green`` solvents, and specially chemical intermediates. In the past, efficient and economical technologies for the recovery and purification of lactic acid from crude fermentation broths and the conversion of tactic acid to the chemical or polymer intermediates had been the key technology impediments and main process cost centers. The development and deployment of novel separations technologies, such as electrodialysis (ED) with bipolar membranes, extractive distillations integrated with fermentation, and chemical conversion, can enable low-cost production with continuous processes in large-scale operations. The use of bipolar ED can virtually eliminate the salt or gypsum waste produced in the current lactic acid processes. In this paper, the recent technical advances in tactic and polylactic acid processes are discussed. The economic potential and manufacturing cost estimates of several products and process options are presented. The technical accomplishments at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) and the future directions of this program at ANL are discussed.
Date: October 1, 1993
Creator: Datta, R.; Tsai, S. P.; Bonsignore, P.; Moon, S. H. & Frank, J. R.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Rapid setting of portland cement by greenhouse carbon dioxide capture

Description: Following the work by Berger et al. on rapid setting of calcium silicates by carbonation, a method of high-volume capture of CO{sub 2} in portland cement has been developed. Typically, 10--24 wt. % of CO{sub 2} produced by the calcination of calcium carbonate during clinkering, may be captured, and the set cement acquires most of its full strength in less than a day. The approach will have economic advantages in fabrication of precast structures, in emergency development of infrastructure during natural disasters, and in defense applications. Moreover, it will help the cement industry comply with the Clean Air Act of 1990 by sequestering the greenhouse carbon dioxide.
Date: April 1, 1994
Creator: Wagh, A. S.; Singh, D. & Knox, L. J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Impact evaluation of an induction furnace replacement under the Energy $avings Plan at Mackenzie Specialty Castings, Incorporated

Description: This impact evaluation of an induction furnace replacement that was recently installed at Mackenzie Specialty Castings, Incorporated (Mackenzie Castings) was conducted for the Bonneville Power Administration (Bonneville) as part of an evaluation of its Energy Savings Plan (ESP) Program. The project consists of replacing old power supplies and induction furnace with new, more efficient supplies and equipment. The objective of this impact evaluation was to assess how much electrical energy is being saved at Mackenzie Castings as a result of the ESP and to determine how much the savings cost Bonneville and the region. The impact of the project was evaluated with a combination of engineering analysis, financial analysis, interviews, and submittal reviews (Mackenzie Castings`s proposal and completion report). Based on this impact evaluation, energy savings from this project are expected to be 425,257 kWh/yr at minimum annual production, 647,037 kWh/yr at typical annual production, and 1,294,074 kWh/yr at maximum annual production, or 0.05, 0.07, and 0.15 average megawatts, respectively. On a per-ton basis, this project will save 608 kWh/ton or 31% at minimum production and 431 kWh/ton or 39% at typical and maximum production. The project cost $277,110 to install, and Mackenzie Castings received payment of $102,551 (in 1993 dollars) from Bonneville for acquisition of the energy savings. The real levelized cost of these energy savings to Bonneville is 22.9 mills/kWh at minimum production, 15.1 mills/kWh typical production, and 7.5 mills/kWh at maximum production (in 1993 dollars) over the project`s assumed 15-year life. The real levelized cost to the region is 59.1 mills/kWh at minimum production, 38.8 mills/kWh at typical production, and 19.4 mills/kWh at maximum production in 1993 dollars, not including transmission and distribution effects.
Date: April 1, 1994
Creator: Oens, M. A. & Spanner, G. E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Screening alternative structures for plant control systems. Progress report, October 1, 1988--September 30, 1989

Description: This report describes progress in the development of a systematic procedure for the screening of chemical process flowsheets using control objectives in combination with economics. Progress in the last year has been in the areas of identification of rules for the screening of steady-state operability in continuous chemical processes and in the development of performance models for complex columns in distillation systems.
Date: January 1, 1990
Creator: Douglas, J. M. & Malone, M. F.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Advanced moisture sensor research and development. Quarterly progress report, August 1, 1992--October 31, 1992

Description: During this period, testing of the system continued at the American Fructose (AF) plant in Dimmitt, Texas. Testing at the first two sites (dryer output and dryer input) was completed. Following the testing at the second site, the sensor was returned to the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) laboratories for modifications and for fitting of the additional components required to allow sampling of the material to be measured at the third site. These modifications were completed during this reporting period, and the system is scheduled to be installed at the third site (Rotary Vacuum Filter output) early in the next period. Laboratory measurements of corn germ (to be measured at the fourth site) and a variety of fruits and vegetables (one of which will be measured at the fifth site) have also continued during this period.
Date: October 31, 1992
Creator: De Los Santos, A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Development and evaluation of a workpiece temperature analyzer for industrial furnaces

Description: Tests were done to determine whether ultrasound could be generated, propagated through, and detected in typical steel specimens up to approximately 1020{degree}C. All specimens were subjected to room temperature tests by generating ultrasound via a 1.0 Joule Nd-YAG laser. Two specimens were also tested up to the higher temperature. Ultrasound detection was also performed with the Fabry-Perot interferometer. The tests and results are described. Test plans are presented.
Date: June 1, 1993
Creator: Berthod, J. W.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Photovoltaic manufacturing technology. Phase 1, Final report, 9 January 1991--14 April 1991

Description: This report identifies steps leading to manufacturing large volumes of low-cost, large-area photovoltaic (PV) modules. Both crystalline silicon and amorphous silicon technologies were studied. Cost reductions for each step were estimated and compared to Solarex Corporation's manufacturing costs. A cost model, a simple version of the SAMICS methodology developed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), projected PV selling prices. Actual costs of materials, labor, product yield, etc., were used in the cost model. The JPL cost model compared potential ways of lowering costs. Solarex identified the most difficult technical challenges that, if overcome, would reduce costs. Preliminary research plans were developed to solve the technical problems. 13 refs.
Date: December 1, 1991
Creator: Wohlgemuth, J. H.; Whitehouse, D.; Wiedeman, S.; Catalano, A. W. & Oswald, R.
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[Test and gather data on sweep spike combination tillage tool]. Quarterly technical report, August 1991--March 1992

Description: This summary presents the data accumulated to date with only brief comment. It is prepared with the intent that the viewers will offer advice on terminology, data presentation, methods and other. The year end analysis will detail changes in the data due to the tillage treatments. The data is incomplete due to equipment problems and time limitations due to the wet fall and early freeze up. The trial was not completed due to our inability to get the Mikkelsen Chisel Plow Shovel (MCP), a 16 inch sweep with an anhydrous knife, to penetrate untilled land. The MCP shovel penetrated to deep on plowed ground and pulled so hard that the front wheels of our JD4440 tractor were jerked off the ground. The Standard Chisel Plow Shovels (SCP), a 16 inch sweep, worked well and the data is included.
Date: June 19, 1992
Creator: Lukach, J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Survey of industrial dryers for solids

Description: A study was directed toward obtaining data for an estimate of the current and anticipated energy demand for industrial drying operations for solid materials. Twenty-seven dryer types, including those utilizing both direct and indirect heat sources, were identified and are described. Results of an analysis made on 17 dryer types and based on data obtained from several of the largest solids dryer manufacturers indicate that industrial dryers for solids currently consume about 1.3 x 10/sup 18/ J (1.2 quads) of energy. This represents nearly 4 percent of the total United States industrial energy use. Several examples of steps being taken by industry to reduce energy requirements for solids drying are included. Still further action to reduce energy consumption of dryers is possible; implementation will depend upon the extent to which incentives are provided by fuel scarcity, fuel costs, and the perfection of new technology by industry alone and in programs with the Federal Government.
Date: July 1, 1976
Creator: Richardson, A. S. & Jensen, W. P.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department