Rotating Equipment

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

Who should attend?

  • This course provides a good knowledge of the performance, technology and operation of rotating machinery.
Public :
  • Engineers, supervisors and technicians involved in rotating machinery operation, maintenance or engineering.

Level : Foundation

Course Content


      • Different types of pumps, applications in the process industry.
      • Operating principle and technology of positive displacement pumps.
      • Performance curves of a centrifugal pump: head, efficiency, absorbed power, NPSH.
      • Technology of centrifugal pumps, different layouts.
      • Mechanical seals: different arrangements, related auxiliary systems.
      • Operating limits: cavitation, hammer shock, priming issues, case of 2 pumps running together.
      • Start-up and operation monitoring: specific case of hot pumps, LPG pumps, vacuum pumps.
      • Troubleshooting and common failures. Safety and prevention.

      • Different types of positive displacement compressors.
      • Reciprocating compressor architecture: number of stages, cylinders, overall layout, standard applications.
      • Technology of main components and auxiliaries.
      • Influence of process conditions on compressor performance: suction or discharge pressure, suction temperature, gas composition.
      • Flow control, specific safety devices. Start-up procedures. Troubleshooting.

      • Description of different types of centrifugal and axial compressors: horizontal/radial split casing centrifugal compressors, axial compressors, integrally geared compressors.
      • Technology of main components and auxiliaries.
      • Compression mechanism through a compressor stage. Performance curves vs operating conditions.
      • Operation limits: low and high speed limits, stonewall, surge, typical anti surge protection systems.
      • Flow control: throttling valve, rotation speed control, inlet guide vanes. Specific precautions for start-up. Troubleshooting. Safety.

      • Description of different types of turbines, typical applications.
      • Steam turbines, gas turbines, turbo-expanders.
      • Operating principle, classification and technology: exhaust conditions, expansion mechanism through a turbine stage.
      • Operation: start-up and performance monitoring. Flow control, safety devices.

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • recognize the different types of rotating machinery and their main applications,
  • explain operating principles and key performances of any rotating equipment,
  • describe rotating machinery technologies.

Ways & Means

  • Study of actual equipment and mechanical parts in the workshop.
  • Use of drawings, datasheets, pictures and videos of actual equipment.
  • Pumping test bench practical works.
  • Incidents analysis and improvement proposals.
To French entities : IFP Training is QUALIOPI certified ; you may contact your OPCO about potential funding.
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