#702CR - Reciprocating Compressor Selection, Design, Operation, and Maintenance

Course Objective

Upon completion of this course, participants will have gained a thorough understanding of reciprocating compressor configurations available to the industrial user. Items discussed include mechanical design features, sizing and application criteria, maintainability, reliability, vulnerability, and troubleshooting issues. Participants will learn simple techniques and short-cut methods of compressor 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 also acquire knowledge of operating and maintenance issues by getting to know mechanical design, machinery components, piping design, as well as proven approaches to monitoring, troubleshooting, and maintenance of reciprocating compressor installations.

Who Should Attend

Persons in staff positions (e.g., senior technicians, operators, supervisors, superintendents) and personnel in corporate engineering, plant planning and design, systems design, equipment selection and evaluation, and equipment maintenance and reliability positions. Also, equipment and systems specialists in engineering contractor firms and managerial and supervisory individuals responsible for operations and maintenance functions would find this course useful.

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.

Course Description

Reciprocating Compressors of several types, with 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 design features, efficiencies, operating characteristics, reliability, and maintenance implications of reciprocating compressors.

This course will cover the operating principles of reciprocating 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 reciprocating compressor technology inventory required to successfully select, apply, troubleshoot, and maintain this type of compression equipment.  Throughout the course, participants will have ample opportunity to have equipment-related questions answered by the Course Director.

Course Outline

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Course Text

Reciprocating Compressors - Operation, Maintenance, H.P. Bloch & J.J. Hoefner, Gulf Publishing Co., Houston, TX
ISBN 0-88415-525-0

Course Duration - 4 days