Reciprocating Compressors: Field Support Services


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Benjamin A. White
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Fluid Machinery Systems
(210) 522-2554
benjamin.white@swri.org

Test instrumentation to evaluate a broad range of industrial problems

Southwest Research Institute has the necessary test instrumentation and field analysis techniques to evaluate a broad range of industrial problems.

Southwest Research Institute has the necessary test instrumentation and field analysis techniques to evaluate a broad range of industrial problems.

To minimize downtime and potential failures and resolve reciprocating pump and compressor system problems when they first become apparent, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) provides quick-response field and consultation services and a full range of field engineering services to measure, analyze, and correct problems affecting safe, reliable reciprocating pump and compressor operation.  Reciprocating pump or compressor services are provided on a quick-response basis, when required.

SwRI also provides quick-response field and consultation services, such as:

  • Rotor dynamics analysis
  • Finite element models
  • Computational fluid dynamic analysis
  • Pulsation simulations

These services are supported by continuing research and development programs that allow us to stay abreast of industry needs.

Compressor System Design Facility

SwRI is known worldwide for its work in the design of compressor and plant piping systems through operation of the Compressor System Design Facility. Services include:

  • Measurements of fluid-induced pressure pulsation, shaking forces, and vibration
  • Measurements of vibration response and dynamic stress in plant piping systems
  • Design of pulsation and acoustic filters for existing compressor installations
  • Dynamic analyses of foundations, structures, offshore platforms, and skids
  • Evaluations of square root error at flow measurement installations
  • Thermal flexibility analyses of piping systems for prediction of piping stresses and machine flange loading
  • Calculations of transient and steady-state torsional critical speeds and forced vibration response
  • Evaluations of compressor cylinder performance including pressure drop Valve dynamics studies
  • Noise analyses

Reciprocating Compressor Testing and Field Analysis

Southwest Research Institute has the necessary test instrumentation and field analysis techniques to evaluate a broad range of industrial problems. Special-purpose instruments and remote monitoring systems are also available as required.

Contact us for more information about rotating machinery technologies at SwRI or how you can contract with SwRI.

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02/08/16