Compressors Operation

COMPOP-EN-A
E-learning This course can be adapted to virtual classroom mode

Who should attend?

  • This course provides a better understanding of the technology, performance and operation of centrifugal and positive displacement compressors.
Public :
  • Operation and technical department staff involved in the operation of centrifugal and positive displacement compressors.
  • Employees in charge of running and checking compression systems.

Level : Proficiency

Course Content

  • GAS COMPRESSION BASICS

      • Compressor types. Selection.
      • Gas compression: key points, pressure ratio. Gas composition, typical thermodynamical laws and models. Isothermal, isentropic, actual compression.
      • Compression work and power.
      • Single and multistage compression. Compressor protection against wet gases.
  • TECHNOLOGY & PERFORMANCE

      • Centrifugal compressors:
      • Centrifugal compressor typical parts and arrangements.
      • Technology of the essential components: stator, rotor, bearings, thrust bearing, seals.
      • Vibrations, critical speed, dynamic balancing.
      • Auxiliary equipment: lubrication system, balancing line, mechanical seals auxilairies…
      • Safety devices: axial displacement, vibrations, bearing and thrust bearing temperatures, oil pressure…
      • Compression mechanism through a compressor stage.
      • Operation limits. Surge. Various antisurge systems.
      • Characteristic curves of the circuit and the compressor. Influence of the operating conditions: intake pressure and temperature, nature of the gas, rotation speed, IGV position.
      • Reciprocating compressors:
      • Reciprocating compressor parts and arrangements.
      • Technology of the essential components: cylinder, piston, valves, packings, crankshaft, connecting rod…
      • Auxiliary equipment: lubrication of moving parts and cylinders, interstage coolers and cooling devices systems, flare connections.
      • Safety devices: vibrations, rod drop, temperatures…
      • Piston side compression map vs operating conditions Theoretical and practical cycles.
      • Flow control with typical devices: spillback line, unloading, clearance pocket actuation,(e-)Hydrocom™ system.
      • Rotary positive displacement compressors:
      • Rotary positive displacement compressor technologies.
      • Auxiliary equipment.
      • Operation: start-up/shutdown, survey, flow control.
  • OPERATION

      • Centrifugal compressors:
      • P&ID and logic security matrix analysis.
      • Flow rate regulation. Adaptation to service conditions.
      • Start-up, shutdown and isolation: hazards related to these phases.
      • Survey and monitoring the compressor and auxiliary equipment under normal operating conditions.
      • Case studies: typical incidents.
      • Applications with dynamic simulator: start-up, shutdown, operation vs suction conditions.
      • Reciprocating compressors:
      • Conventional control: start-up, shutdown associated risks.
      • Monitoring the compressor and auxiliary equipment under normal operating conditions.
      • Case studies: incidents.
      • Applications with dynamic simulator: start-up, shutdown, operation vs suction conditions.

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • describe the technology of centrifugal and positive displacement compressors,
  • select the adequate operating conditions,
  • explain the main operating problems,
  • be involved in a troubleshooting process.

Ways & Means

  • Functional approach for a better understanding.
  • Numerous examples and cases studies from the Oil & Gas production industry and analysis of manufacturer file.
  • Applications with dynamic simulators.
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