August 2015

Maintenance and Reliability

Perform field oil flushing for successful centrifugal gas compressor startup

Many factors are necessary for a successful compressor startup. One of the key actions is conducting high-quality field oil flushing during the precommissioning stage, or after a major overhaul.

Zardynezhad, S., Toyo Engineering Canada Ltd.

The oil system plays an important role in the reliability of the compressor package because it supports the compressor and the driver, not only during operation but also during shutdown, coastdown and cooldown. Compressor bearing failures due to oil contamination during initial startup or after maintenance can cause major damage to the compressor and driver bearings and rotors. Many factors are necessary for a successful compressor startup. One of the key actions is conducting high-quality field oil flushing during the precommissioning stage, or after a major overhaul. Centrifugal gas compressors do not have standby equipment because of their cost, size, reliability and long delivery requir

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