Rotating Machinery Technology

Pumps - Compressors & Expanders - Gas Turbines


Who should attend?

  • This course provides a comprehensive knowledge of technology, operating principles and performance of rotating machinery used in Oil & Gas processing facilities.
Audience :
  • Engineers and managers involved in operating or designing Oil & Gas field processing facilities.

Level : Proficiency

Course Content


      • Pumping prerequisites: pressure, flow rate, specific gravity, manometric head, viscosity, pressure losses…
      • Main types of pumps and classification - Selection criteria.
      • Centrifugal pumps:
      • Types of centrifugal pumps: single or multiple stage, radial of horizontal split, high speed, in line, vertical barrel, pit suction, magnetic drive, canned motor, Electric Submersible Pump (ESP).
      • Typical centrifugal pump installation in a circuit: block valves, filter, check-valve, manometers, vent and drain.
      • Technology of the centrifugal pumps: impellers, seals, couplings, bearings, driving machine…
      • Auxiliaries: flushing, lubrication, cooling.
      • Centrifugal pumps performances: characteristic curves, pump-circuit coupling, problems encountered (cavitation and NPSH, unpriming adaptation to operating conditions).
      • Positive displacement pumps:
      • Rotating positive displacement pumps: Progressing Cavity Pumps (PCP).
      • Reciprocating positive displacement pumps (piston or plunger type).
      • Technology of the positive displacement pumps and main applications.
      • HSE related to pumps operation.

      • Compression prerequisites: isentropic, polytropic compression, practical laws.
      • Main types of compressors and classification. Selection criteria.
      • Reciprocating compressors:
      • Technology 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.
      • Auxiliaries: pulsation dampeners, crank mechanism and cylinder lubrication systems, cooling system, safety devices.
      • Centrifugal compressors:
      • Technology of centrifugal compressors: rotor and stator, journal and thrust bearings, internal and shaft seals, balance disc.
      • Auxiliaries: lubrication, sealing (liquid or gas) and cooling systems.
      • Turbo-expanders: technology and main uses.
      • HSE related to compressors and expanders operation.

      • Operating principle: compression, combustion and expansion. Typical cycles and performances.
      • Technology of gas turbines: compressor part, combustion chamber, turbines part, internal cooling.
      • Auxiliaries: fuel supply and filtering, air filtration, lubricating circuits, fire-fighting system.

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • learn about the practical use of different types of rotating machineries,
  • understand operating principles and performance,
  • master technology, operating constraints and maintenance of rotating machinery.

Ways & Means

  • Numerous applications and illustrations.
  • Field/site visit (if possible).
  • Tutorials in mechanical workshop.
  • Identification of frequent problems and troubleshooting.