Reciprocating Compressors : Principles, Operation and Design

A complete understanding of construction details & functioning of reciprocating compressors for successful operation of your plant and piping system

Course Summary

Reciprocating compressors of various designs and applications are encountered nowadays throughout refining, petrochemical and process industries as well as in power generation and environmental engineering.
This course is designed to provide you with a complete understanding of construction details and functioning of reciprocating compressors. This understanding is a prerequisite for a successful operation of your plant and piping system.
The course includes extensive graphics, 3D animations and cross-sectional views to give you a virtual practical exposure on reciprocating compressors.
The objective of this course is threefold :
1. Break down for you all the reciprocating compressor operating principles into easily digestible concepts like gas compression, capacity control, pulsation control, compressor lubrication and cooling…
2. Illustrate through 3D animations and cross-sectional views the main compressor mechanical components, state their function and operating limits, like bearings, packings, crossheads, pistons, valves…
3. Provide guidelines and best practices for operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of reciprocating compressors in accordance with the API 618 standard

Learning objectives

  • - Understand the working principles of reciprocating compressors for a successful operation of your plant and piping system
  • - Understand the construction details of reciprocating compressors for a successful maintenance and troubleshooting (crankshafts, bearings, crossheads, connecting rods, pistons, packings, rings, valves, unloaders…)
  • - Perform various calculations to size and assess compressor performance (head, discharge temperature, inlet capacity, piston displacement, volumetric efficiency…)
  • - Understand what affects the selection and design of reciprocating compressors (process conditions, gas characteristics, foundation needs, power supply, interstaging, altitude…)
  • - Know how you can adapt your compressor capacity to your system demand changes using various techniques (intake valve unloading, clearance pocket, variable volume valve, 5 step control…)
  • - Understand the concept of pulsation, how it can affect your compressor performance and how to control it according to the API 618 standard
  • - Know how to size suction and discharge volume bottles to control reciprocating compressor pulsation
  • - Understand the importance of compressor lubrication
  • - Discover the various compressor lubrication systems and how they operate (splash, splash and flood, full pressure circulation…)
  • - Understand the importance of compressor cooling, intercooling and aftercooling
  • - Discover the various compressor cooling systems and how they operate (series flow, parallel flow, closed systems…)
  • - Analyze the problems in operation related to compressor valves, pulsation control, capacity control…

Target audience

  • - Mechanical, Process and Chemical Engineers
  • - Product Engineers and Technologists
  • - Operation, Technical Service and Maintenance Professionals
  • - Engineers, Consultants and Sales professionals
  • - Technical professionals responsible for rotating equipment inspection
  • - Technical professionals responsible for interdisciplinary energy projects

Course pre-requisite

  • Some engineering or field knowledge is preferable but not mandatory. All the concepts are explained in depth using an easy to understand language to allow students to build their knowledge from the ground up

Course Curriculum

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Anders Albert

This course gave me a nice overview of reciprocating compressors. I had close to no knowledge before starting the course, and now I feel comfortable with the different components as well as their function. The instructor provides clear explanations, as well as intuitive drawings and animations

Kishan Tanoojee

Very detailed explanations. The cut sections and 3D modeling help a lot in grasping the important points. Keep up the good work !

Course Pricing

  • Reciprocating compressors
  • $29.99 USD

    A complete understanding of construction details and functioning of reciprocating compressors for successful operation

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  • 6 hours on-demand video
  • 15 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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