Interactive Control Podcast



Interactive Control Podcast

If you work with controls as an Operator, Engineer, Maintenance Person, or Plant Manager, this podcast is for you. Our focus is on answering real questions and solving real problems with real controls experts. We will cover topics such as unit startup issues, alarm rationalization, loop tuning, instrumentation calibration, various system overviews, component breakdowns, and more.

*Voted one of the Top 20 Instrumentation Podcasts of 2021*

 



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Surge Phenomena on Centrifugal Compressors

Summary: In this episode I discuss surge phenomena on centrifugal compressors with my guest, Sangram Ghanto.

Topics Covered:

  • What is surge phenomena is and its potential impacts
  • How it happens and how to protect against it
  • What to look for when choosing your compressor control system

Guest Bio:

Sangram is currently the Services Technical Leader for Compressor Controls & Nexus OnCore DCS at Nexus Controls. He has over 15 years of experience, with past roles including Lead Controls Engineer for Steam Turbine, Moto-compressor, Turbo Expanders and Centrifugal & Reciprocating compressors. He has a Bachelor of Engineering in electronics and instrumentation.

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Overspeed Protection – What’s the Big Deal?

Summary: In this episode I discuss overspeed protection – what it is, why you should care, and what you can do about it – with my guest, Steve Foss.

Topics Covered:

  • What is Overspeed Protection?
  • Example problems and their impact
  • Recommendations for implementing
  • Other important factors

Guest Bio:

Steve is currently a Senior Engineering Manager for Mechanical and Packaged Systems for Nexus Controls based out of Longmont, Colorado. Past roles include Quality Leader, Mechanical Systems Engineering Manager, Mechanical Systems Engineer, and Field Service Engineer. He has extensive experience with turbine controls conversions, modifications, and upgrades on most of the turbine manufacturer types still in operation, having worked for Woodward Governor Company, General Electric Company, and Baker Hughes. Steve also served a total of 23 years between active duty and reserves in the United States Air Force as an aviator.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and 26 years of experience in the turbomachinery controls industry.

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Nuclear Energy Part 4 – Fusion is Fun!

Summary: This is the final episode of a 4-part series on nuclear energy with my guest Paul Rix. In this episode we discuss Fusion – its history, challenges, and current status. We even get to hear what it sounds like. We end with a summary of the key points from the overall series. You won’t want to miss this exciting conclusion!

Guest Bio:

Paul is a retired specialist in the field of industrial process automation. During his 30+ years in this field he has worked in international management roles for national and international companies covering all aspects of the I&C business. Most recently he specialised in Global Account & Product Management and has held a variety of senior roles involving extensive global travel and long-term postings in the Middle East and Asia. Academically he holds UK bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics and engineering respectively and is both a European Registered Professional Engineer and UK Chartered Engineer.

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Nuclear Energy Part 3 – Future of Fission Continued

Summary: This is the third episode of a 4-part series on nuclear energy with my guest Paul Rix. In this episode we continued with our discussion on fission technologies of the future including fast neutron reactors, high temperature gas, TRISO fuel, and Thorium. The intent of this series is to give listeners a sufficient understanding of the political, economic, technical, and scientific aspects around nuclear energy to form educated opinions on how it fits into green energy and the energy transition.

Guest Bio:

Paul is a retired specialist in the field of industrial process automation. During his 30+ years in this field he has worked in international management roles for national and international companies covering all aspects of the I&C business. Most recently he specialised in Global Account & Product Management and has held a variety of senior roles involving extensive global travel and long-term postings in the Middle East and Asia. Academically he holds UK bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics and engineering respectively and is both a European Registered Professional Engineer and UK Chartered Engineer.

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Nuclear Energy Part 2 – Accidents and the Future of Fission

Summary: The second episode of a 4-part series on nuclear energy with my guest Paul Rix. In this episode we continued to discuss some of the challenges facing nuclear – namely the major accidents that have occurred, potential for misuse, and public perception. Then we moved into some of the ongoing and future advancements expected in Fission technology, including small modular reactors or SMRs. The intent of this series is to give listeners a sufficient understanding of the political, economic, technical, and scientific aspects around nuclear energy to form educated opinions on how it fits into green energy and the energy transition.

Summary: The second episode of a 4-part series on nuclear energy with my guest Paul Rix. In this episode we continued to discuss some of the challenges facing nuclear – namely the major accidents that have occurred, potential for misuse, and public perception. Then we moved into some of the ongoing and future advancements expected in Fission technology, including small modular reactors or SMRs. The intent of this series is to give listeners a sufficient understanding of the political, economic, technical, and scientific aspects around nuclear energy to form educated opinions on how it fits into green energy and the energy transition.

Guest Bio:

Paul is a retired specialist in the field of industrial process automation. During his 30+ years in this field he has worked in international management roles for national and international companies covering all aspects of the I&C business. Most recently he specialised in Global Account & Product Management and has held a variety of senior roles involving extensive global travel and long-term postings in the Middle East and Asia. Academically he holds UK bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics and engineering respectively and is both a European Registered Professional Engineer and UK Chartered Engineer.

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Nuclear Energy Part 1 – Atomic Structure and History

Summary: The first of a 4-part series on nuclear energy with my guest Paul Rix. In this episode we cover the nitty gritty of atomic structure and stability, the history of nuclear power, how fission technology works and we start on some of its challenges. The intent of this series is to give listeners a sufficient understanding of the political, economic, technical, and scientific aspects around nuclear energy to form educated opinions on how it fits into green energy and the energy transition.

Guest Bio:

Paul is a retired specialist in the field of industrial process automation. During his 30+ years in this field he has worked in international management roles for national and international companies covering all aspects of the I&C business. Most recently he specialised in Global Account & Product Management and has held a variety of senior roles involving extensive global travel and long-term postings in the Middle East and Asia. Academically he holds UK bachelor’s and master’s degrees in physics and engineering respectively and is both a European Registered Professional Engineer and UK Chartered Engineer.

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Questions or Topic Ideas?

The title of this podcast is Interactive Control for a reason. If you have a topic you’d like us to cover that we haven’t yet, please send me a message over LinkedIn or email me at Michelle.Rosinski@BakerHughes.com and we’ll do our best to cover it in a future episode.