Reciprocating Compressors

Applications with CORYS IndissPlus dynamic simulator

Who should attend?

  • This training improves participants’ skills on technology, operation and maintenance of reciprocating compressors.
Public :
  • Engineers and technicians involved in the operation, inspection and maintenance of reciprocating compressors.

Level :Skilled

Prerequisite :
  • Provide evidence of a professional experience of at least 1 month related to the concerned field.

Course Content


      • Construction and design philosophies.
      • Components of reciprocating compressors: frame, cylinders, piston and rings, piston rod and crank head, crankshaft and connecting rods, bearings, compartment distance piece, specific emphasis on valves.
      • Auxiliary systems: pulsation dampeners, frame lube oil circuit, cooling systems, forced feed lubricator.
      • Safety devices.

      • Ideal gas compression: discharge temperature, power.
      • Actual compression: valve behavior, leakages, internal thermal exchanges.
      • Indicator diagram.
      • Efficiency, compression power.
      • Case studies: discharge temperature and power calculation, indicator card plotting, efficiency calculation.

      • Start-up, shutdown. Performances control.
      • Influence of compression ratio, gas composition and suction temperature.
      • Multistage compressors.
      • Case study: air compression.

      • Machine monitoring: noise, vibration and temperature.
      • Typical defects and failures on: valves, piston rings and packings, piston rod…
      • Dismantling and assembly procedures and reports.
      • Safety devices and prevention.
      • Case studies: typical failures on reciprocating compressors.

      • Use of a dynamic simulator.
      • Exercises on start-up and shutdown phases.
      • Applications using disturbances generated by the lecturer.

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • list the different parts of a compressor and explain their characteristics,
  • explain the evolution of compressor operating parameters,
  • implement appropriate monitoring for each type of compressor,
  • be involved in troubleshooting activities.

Ways & Means

  • Actual examples from the Oil & Gas and petrochemical industries.
  • Trainee participation is continuously encouraged through case studies selected by the lecturer or proposed by the trainees.
  • Use of a dynamic simulator (start-up/shutdown, general operation, disturbances/troubleshooting).
To French entities : IFP Training is referenced to DataDock ; you may contact your OPCO about potential funding.
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