August 2012

Special Report: Fluid Flow and Rotating Equipment

Modernize your compressor lube- and seal-oil systems

Each pipe or control line should be traced to its origin, the design intent must be well understood, and all owner-purchaser questions answered by the vendor-manufacturer.

Bloch, H. P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Auxiliaries are responsible for more downtime events than the main components of a compressor. To improve unit reliability, auxiliaries deserve closer scrutiny; unfortunately, they are often upgraded from the traditional vendor’s standard configuration. Compliance with an applicable American Petroleum Institute standard (API-614) is helpful. However, engineers should remember that various API standards are intended to explain the minimum requirements. Minimum requirements are not to be confused with best available technology. As of 2012, only a small percentage of the many thousands of centrifugal compressors operating in modern industry were equipped with magnetically suspended or g

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