Course at a Glance
Code: CVL
Course Length: 3 Months

In this interactive 3 month LIVE ONLINE course, you will learn how to:

  • Understand what happens inside a control valve from a basic fluid mechanics point of view
  • Appreciate the difference between cavitation and flashing
  • Understand the difference between controlled and choked flow
  • Do simple calculations to determine CV values
  • Recognize severe service applications and have an appreciation for the methods of tackling the problems associated with such applications
  • Identify the different types of control valves commonly in use and understand the relative advantages of each
  • Choose between different characteristics on offer
  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of different seat leakage rates
  • Size actuators for linear and rotary applications and know the relative advantages of pneumatic, hydraulic and electric types
  • Select materials for bodies, trims, packing boxes, and gaskets
  • Use a computer sizing program to assist with the selection of control valves
  • Understand the failure modes for control valves and demonstrate new approaches to trouble shooting

Course Details


Control valves are the workhorse of our facilities, continually functioning to ensure our systems work as intended. A properly specified, engineered, designed, installed, and maintained control valve can be one of the most profitable investments a facility can have, while a control valve that "does not work well" can be an increased risk of injury (more exposure of maintenance personnel working on the valve), and disruption to your system.

With today's focus on data management, the control valve is the part of the control loop that not only requires integration with modern data collection methods, but also involves mechanical features (moving parts, exposure to process fluids, material selection issues) as well as occupational health and safety issues not associated with other parts of the control loop (such as noise). Often the benefits of modern SCADA systems can be lost with inappropriate or minimal attention to the control valves.

This comprehensive certificate course covers the essentials of control valves and actuators. With this knowledge, the user is better placed to fully realize the full potential and benefit of any control system.

Selections of case studies are used to illustrate the key concepts with examples of real world working control valves. The course is aimed at those who want to get a solid appreciation of the fundamentals of their control valve design, installation and troubleshooting.

Course Outline

MODULE 1: Introduction

Basic concepts

MODULE 2: Types of Control Valves

Linear vs rotary
Discussion of linear valves (globe valves, angle valves, etc)
Discussion of rotary valves (butterfly valves, ball valves, etc)
Discussion of seats and leakage

MODULE 3: Basic Sizing for Liquids

Basic selection steps
Key equations
Interactive use of sizing software

MODULE 4: Basic Sizing for Gases and Vapours

Basic selection steps
Key equations
Interactive use of sizing software

MODULE 5: Inherent and Installed Flow Characteristics

Discussion of how the control valve interacts with the system

MODULE 6: Actuators

Principles of actuators for control valves
Pneumatic actuator types

MODULE 7: Cavitation and Flashing

Difference between cavitation and flashing
Managing cavitation

MODULE 8: Noise Prediction and Treatment

Mechanical vibration
Hydrodynamic noise
Aerodynamic noise

MODULE 9: Materials of Construction

Typical materials of construction for body and valve trim
Recognise issues of corrosion and wear

MODULE 10: Maintenance Issues

Understand the tasks involved in valve maintenance
Develop your knowledge of important installation features relevant to good maintenance
Know about methods for detection of backlash and stiction in the valve drive

MODULE 11 & 12: Principles of Pressure Relief Devices and Pressure Relieving Systems

Pressure relieving systems as an independent layer of protection
The risk reduction complemented by a functional safety system
The risk reduction provided by hazardous area protections systems
Fire and gas detection

NB: The course description of all EIT "Certificate" courses has been changed to "Professional Certificate of Competency". Some course brochures are not yet updated. The actual certificate received by successful students will include the new title.

Learning and Teaching

Benefits of Online Learning to Students

  • Cost effective: no travel or accommodation necessary
  • Interactive: live, interactive sessions let you communicate with your instructor and fellow students
  • Flexible: short interactive sessions over the Internet which you can attend from your home or office. Learn while you earn!
  • Practical: perform exercises by remotely accessing our labs and simulation software
  • Expert instructors: instructors have extensive industry experience; they are not just 'academics'
  • No geographical limits: learn from any location, all you need is an Internet connection
  • Constant support: from your instructor(s) and a dedicated Learning Support Officer for the complete duration of the course
  • International insight: interact and network with participants from around the globe and gain valuable insight into international practice

Benefits of Online Learning to Employers

  • Lower training costs: no travel or accommodation necessary
  • Less downtime: short webinars (60-90 minutes) and flexible training methods means less time away from work
  • Retain employees: keep staff who may be considering a qualification as full time study
  • Increase efficiency: improve your engineering or technical employees’ skills and knowledge
  • International insight: students will have access to internationally based professional instructors and students

How Does it Work?

EIT Online Learning courses involve a combination of live, interactive sessions over the Internet with a professional instructor, set readings, and assignments. The courses include simulation software and remote laboratory applications to let you put theory to practice, and provide you with constant support from a dedicated Learning Support Officer.

Practical Exercises and Remote Laboratories

As part of the groundbreaking new way of teaching, our online engineering courses use a series of remote laboratories (labs) and simulation software, to facilitate your learning and to test the knowledge you gain during your course. These involve complete working labs set up at various locations of the world into which you will be able to log to and proceed through the various practical sessions.

These will be supplemented by simulation software, running either remotely or on your computer, to ensure you gain the requisite hands-on experience. No one can learn much solely from lectures, the labs and simulation software are designed to increase the absorption of the materials and to give you a practical orientation of the learning experience. All this will give you a solid, practical exposure to the key principles covered and will ensure that you obtain maximum benefit from your course.



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