#702C - Compressor Design, Operation, and Maintenance

Course Objective

Upon completion of this course, participants will have gained a thorough understanding of the various centrifugal compressor configurations available to virtually every industrial user. Items discussed include mechanical compressor design features, sizing and application criteria, maintainability, reliability, vulnerability, and troubleshooting issues. Participants will learn simple techniques and short-cut methods of machinery selection, which can take the place of tedious hand calculations and will serve as rapid means to determine sensitivity or influence of parameter changes on equipment performance. Participants will be able to determine the most appropriate and efficient matching of compressor to driver. Participants will also acquire knowledge of operating and maintenance issues by getting to know mechanical compressor design, machinery components, piping design, proven approaches to monitoring, troubleshooting, and maintenance of compressor installations.

Who Should Attend

Persons in staff (senior technicians, operators, supervisors, superintendents) and corporate engineering, plant planning and design, systems design, equipment selection and evaluation, and equipment maintenance areas. Also, equipment and systems specialists in engineering contractor firms and managerial and supervisory individuals responsible for operations and maintenance functions.

The industries most directly involved with the subject matter are those producing chemicals, petrochemicals, petroleum products, natural gases, manufacturing gases, steel and other metals, and plants requiring process refrigeration. Throughout the course, participants will have ample opportunity to have equipment-related questions answered by the instructor.

Course Description

Centrifugal Compressors of several types, which have widely varying configurations and applications, are used extensively in the process industries. These compressors represent a significant part of the capital and operating costs of most plants, so that optimizing their selection is of major economic importance.

The course is devoted to compressor design features, efficiencies, operating characteristics, reliability, and maintenance implications of centrifugal compressors.

This course will cover the operating principles of centrifugal compressors, specifications, their design, thermodynamics, effects of efficiency on operating costs, energy usage, effect on plant costs, special materials of construction, selection, troubleshooting, and maintenance.

The course will also cover plant run-length extension surveys, organizing for successful turnarounds and ongoing reliability improvement, and preventive vs. predictive maintenance strategy decisions.

The course will provide the participant with a basic, as well as advanced, centrifugal compressor technology inventory required to successfully select, apply, troubleshoot, and maintain compression equipment.

Course Outline

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Course Texts

A Practical Guide to Compressor Technology; Wiley, New Jersey; 2006


Course Duration - 3 days