Participants learn about instrumentation used for protection and condition monitoring of a reciprocating compressor, interpret data plots, and identify reciprocating compressor malfunctions. The course includes hands-on workshops with actual case histories.
- Engineers who want to learn about reciprocating compressor components and mechanics
- Engineers seeking to understand reciprocating compressor performance theory
- Engineers who interpret reciprocating compressor vibration and analyze malfunctions
- Engineers who design, test, and maintain reciprocating machinery
Duration: 3 days
- Describe the compression process and interpret vibration readings of reciprocating compressors.
- Relate reciprocating compressor components to various failure modes.
- Recognize and select plots used to assess the health of reciprocating compressors and interpret PV Plots.
- Calculate rod load conditions (reversal).
- Discover the full application and benefits of rod position instead of rod drop measurements.
- Conduct a compressor vibration analysis
Course Level: Machinery Diagnostics
Course Focus: Reliability & Diagnostics
- Basic elements of reciprocating compressors
- Compressor overview
- Reciprocating compressors in industry
- Components and nomenclature
- Lubrication systems
- Compressor types
- How to monitor a reciprocating compressor
- Vibration and pressure measurements
- Plots used to evaluate reciprocating compressor health
- Monitoring strategies
- Reciprocating compressor diagnostics:
- Crosshead and frame vibration
- Pressure and monitoring and diagnostics
- Road load and rod reversal
- Reciprocating compressor capacity control and the impact on vibration pressure monitoring
- Rod position and rod drop analysis
- PV analysis of multistage compressors
- Workshops and presentation of case histories