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Compressors and Process Fit for Mechanical Engineers

Assess existing equipment, specify the proper centrifugal compressor fit, and avoid over reliance on provided calculations, programs or manufacturers recommendations.

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Compressors and Process Fit for Mechanical Engineers
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This online, instructor-supported course will help to improve the ability of the mechanical engineer to assess existing equipment and specify the proper centrifugal compressor for a given application.  Mechanical engineers, along with sales or service engineers, facility engineers and rotating equipment engineers, who have sufficient understanding of the process and gas properties involved in a compressor, play an essential role in producing the proper process fit, which always leads to better reliability and process safety.

This course covers the basic concepts of thermodynamics, without being an in-depth thermodynamics course.  It provides the tools you can use to avoid relying only on “canned” calculations, proprietary performance programs, or manufacturer’s recommendations.  Other topics include dynamic machine and system curve principles, the basic properties of ideal and real gases, and estimation of compressor size and efficiency.

This online course incorporates a discussion board, real-world exercises, and references for further study.  It includes short quizzes, forum discussion questions, and exercises.  Each attendee must participate in each forum question and submit required assignments to pass the course.

The course uses Imperial customary units (used in the USA).

You Will Learn To
 - Describe dynamic machine and system curve principles
 - Identify basic properties of ideal and real gases
 - Estimate compressor size
 - Define efficiency for a compressor and review compressor maps
 - Calculate an equation of state is for real gases
 - Explain how to build an anti-surge curve using a compressor map
 - Employ compressor calculations using computer software

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Course Requirements
Please ensure that you have access to a computer with Excel 97 or a later edition installed.

Who Should Attend
This course is for mechanical engineers as well as process and facility engineers who want to better their understanding of the role of compressors in the process fit.
This intermediate level course is aimed at process plant engineers, particularly those involved with rotating equipment.  It is also valuable for process engineers and manufacturer’s sales and service engineers.

To take this course you should have a personal computer, Web browser, Internet connection, ExcelTM, and software to display PDF files (such as Adobe Reader).

About the Instructors

Dave Leet recently retired as Rotating Equipment Technical Authority for BP’s Deep Water Gulf of Mexico (DWGoM) business unit after over 30 years’ work in the oil and gas industry. At BP DWGoM, he was responsible for technical guidance of rotating equipment for operations and projects, particularly with respect to safety and risk reduction. He has held various positions throughout the ARCO and BP companies, ranging from field engineer to corporate technical authority, including Alaska, Algeria and Russia. He holds a BA degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and a Master’s from the University of Idaho. Dave’s background with hands-on mechanical work has furnished him with a practical approach to engineering.


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