N627 - Reciprocating Compressor Fundamentals

Quick Facts for this Event
Date: Sep 25 - 26, 2019
Length: 2 days (8:30 AM - 4:30 PM)
Location: Calgary, AB
Delivery Method: Classroom Training
CEU: 1.6 Continuing Education Units
PDH: 16 Professional Development Hours
Certificate: Certificate Issued Upon Completion
Fee: $ 1,695 CAD
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Course Description
This two-day course is geared to engineers and technicians involved in assessing the performance and/or reliability of reciprocating compressors. Participants are equipped to identify actual performance, expected performance and to  resolve differences.  Important reliability factors, including rod loading, pulsation and vibration, are covered. The course involves case studies in which attendees actively engage in resolving problems. 

Upon completing this course, participants will have: a thorough understanding of performance measures including capacity, power, efficiency, rod loading; the ability to address differences between expected and actual performance; and the proficiency to accurately predict performance of a compressor under new operating scenarios. Also improved ability to perform troubleshooting and failure analysis on reciprocating compressors. 

Participants will learn to:
-	Evaluate actual compressor performance versus predicted or expected compressor performance 
-	Assess methods which are used to determine actual power, capacity and efficiency 
-	Form the bases for predicting performance, including the use of OEM sizing software 
-	Bring together by using examples and approaches that determining the causes of discrepancies between 
        actual and predicted performance 
-	Analyse compressor performance characteristics and operating limits 
-	Define how pulsation and vibration can effect reciprocating compressor performance and reliability 
-	Apply these methods to ongoing condition and performance monitoring

A complete set of course materials and lunches are included.

Course Syllabus
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Course Outline
  • The compression process in a reciprocating compressor
  • Capacity and power from measured pressure-volume diagrams
  • Predicting capacity and power from theory using OEM sizing programs
  • Gas properties and equations of state; effect on performance measures
  • Effects of pulsations, and vibrations on performance and reliability
  • Resolving differences between measured and predicted performance
  • Rod and crosshead loading requirements
  • The key role of compressor valves in performance and reliability
  • Loading curves and methods of capacity control

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Devin Lavioe is a mechanical engineer (EIT) currently specializing in rotating equipment troubleshooting, reliability, and condition assessment with a focus on vibration and pulsation. Previously a red seal journeyman millwright as well as a mechanical engineering technologist, with over 10 years of hands-on experience in both upstream and downstream oil & gas. He is knowledgeable about vibration and performance issues on compressors, pumps, engines, pipelines, small bore piping, motors, fans, and transmission drive systems. He has extensive field troubleshooting experience and has worked in a variety of facilities including drilling rigs, oil & gas refineries, compressor stations, pulp & paper mills, mines and recycling plants. In his current role, he primarily focuses on performance analysis, pulsation and vibration analysis, and field troubleshooting of rotating equipment for clients worldwide.

Dr. Bryan Long, Principal Consultant at Wood Group's vibration, dynamics and noise service line (formerly BETA Machinery Analysis), has over 40 years of direct experience in performance analysis of rotating machines. During his tenure as President of Beta Monitors and Controls, Bryan pioneered the development of performance analyzers, now commonly used throughout the compression industry. He developed the first digital acoustical analysis of reciprocating compressors, the first portable vibration monitor that "talked" to a computer, and the first portable reciprocating compressor monitor. Bryan has extensive field experience and expertise in root cause analysis, performance monitoring and testing, including assessment of mechanical condition, performance, and reliability of all kinds of industrial machinery.

Training Venue

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Participant Evaluations
Average participant rating 4 out of 5 stars
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October 2, 2018, Mechanical Engineer, Calgary
Good explanation of how compressor works provided with the technical industry experience to back it up.
October 4, 2018, Senior Production Foreman, Calgary
Very good close to accommodations which makes it easier if your traveling
October 12, 2018, Field Operator, Calgary
The course material was geared more towards engineers, would be nice to see a course that would suit operators a little better.