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PD584 - Centrifugal Compressor Performance Analysis

PD584 - Centrifugal Compressor Performance Analysis

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A practical introduction into performance analysis of centrifugal compressors, this course offers a thorough examination of the thermodynamic processes used to model the compression process along with a description of the design limitations of the various process parameters.  Using case studies, the course demonstrates common errors in process data, compressor fouling, off-design operation, and potential re-rates.  Participants enter actual process data into a compressor performance program and evaluate the results. Each participant will receive a hardbound textbook, Compressor Performance, Aerodynamics for the User, by M. Theodore Gresh, along with extensive course notes.

Special Requirements
Students will need to bring a laptop with MS Excel installed and a scientific calculator for the third day of class.

You Will Learn To
 - Describe the different thermodynamic processes and parameters of head, efficiency, and power
 - Explain the relationship between the compressor and system curves
 - Explain the effect of inlet gas density on compressor performance
 - Diagnose fouling and the effect of flow on thrust load
 - Measure compressor performance in the field and how to interpret the results

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Who Should Attend
Mechanical or chemical engineers with a minimum of 2-3 years of process plant experience

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  • Course Type: Public Course
  • Course Number: PD584
  • Language: English
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Ed Wilcox is a Machinery Technical Team Lead with the Energy Technology Company (ETC) of Chevron. Prior to this he worked for Conoco and Lyondell Chemical as a machinery engineer. He has a BSME degree from the University of Missouri-Rolla and an MSME degree from Oklahoma State University. He is a Vibration Institute Category IV Vibration Specialist and a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Oklahoma. Mr. Wilcox has authored multiple papers in the areas of rotordynamics, vibration analysis, and performance testing at both the Texas A&M Turbomachinery and Pump Symposia, along with several magazine articles.
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