ASPE’s February Webinar Covers Steam Systems

On February 25, ASPE is hosting a two-part webinar on steam systems. The first webinar starts at 2 p.m. EST, and the second part starts at 3:30 p.m. EST. This two-part webinar awards 0.2 CEUs, or two hours of continuing education for participation and completion, and registration is open at ASPE Education.

These webinars will provide an introduction to the design of steam systems. At one time, steam systems were the norm in the United States, but over the past 30 years they have fallen out of favor due to misunderstandings and lack of maintenance. However, properly designed steam systems can be extremely efficient and reliable; they just require due diligence at the time of design and throughout their life expectancy. These webinars will provide you with a good foundation for the proper design of a steam system and how to select the proper components required for reliable operation.

Program Outline

Webinar 1, 2 p.m. EST

  • Steam table usage – 15 minutes
  • Steam system overview and components – 15 minutes
  • Steam piping design – 15 minutes
  • Methods and considerations for selecting piping sizes – 15 minutes

Webinar 2: 3:30 pm EST

  • Steam trap application and selection – 20 minutes
  • Steam pressure-reducing valve sizing and selection – 20 minutes
  • Heat exchanger stall – 20 minutes


Tony Furst, MSEd, CPD, LEED AP, has been in the HVAC and plumbing industry his entire life. His father was a mechanical contractor in the Dayton, Ohio area, so Tony grew up learning the industry. He has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Dayton and a Master of Science in Education from Michigan State University. Tony has been an Application Engineer, a Consulting Engineer, and a Design/Build Engineer before joining Armstrong Fluid Technology, where he now applies his skills as a Project Development Engineer for the U.S. Energy Upgrades Business Unit.

Tony’s background is in the design and application of large-capacity steam and hydronic central heating and cooling plants and large-scale complex distribution systems. He has extensive experience in forensic engineering and resolving system operational issues. He has taught classes in steam system design, refrigeration design, chiller plant applications, hydronic piping design, and system analysis.

Tony is active in both ASPE and ASHRAE and is currently serving on ASPE’s Education Committee. He also helped edit part of Volume 3 of ASPE’s Plumbing Engineering Design Handbook.

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