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GMRC Gas Machinery Conference

Oct 02, 2022 to Oct 05, 2022
Fort Worth, TX, United States
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SwRI will be exhibiting at the GMRC Gas Machinery Conference, booth no. 407.

Join us for the following sessions:

Monday, Oct. 3

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
"A GMRC Technology: Improved Reciprocating Compressor Efficiency via Improved Pulsation Control," Eugene "Buddy" Broerman

Standardization of the field-proven Virtual Orifice (VO) with less variation in volume will reduce cost, lead time, physical size, and mass, which in turn will overcome the obstacles that have slowed the industry’s adoption of the VO as an orifice replacement. As part of recent GMRC-funded research, field-tuned performance predictions were evaluated for both low-speed and high-speed compressors with cylinder nozzle orifices installed, without orifices, and with standardized VOs installed. This work showed that use of the standardized VO will provide a more efficient and cost-effective solution with shorter lead time for all those who own or operate reciprocating compressors.

Tuesday, Oct. 4

8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
“Have Sensors, Will Travel,” Nathan Poerner, Caleb “Seth” Cunningham

This course will introduce attendees to the general tools and theories behind field testing relevant to all types of machinery.  Specific topics will include sensors, data-acquisition systems, and testing procedures. 

Some of the testing procedures that will be discussed include modal, operating deflection shapes, vibration and pulsation, and torsional testing.

Test data analysis will also be covered including application to either developing solutions to specific problems, or validating computer models to further understand the mechanical system.

The course will use real-world examples to show the theories being applied, and provide some in-class demonstration to illustrate some of the principles.

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
“Analyses Not Addressed by API Standards: AIV/FIT/FIV/Small Bore Piping,” Benjamin A. White, P.E., Sarah B. Simons

This mini short course will discuss the latest technology and methods available to perform analyses not typically addressed by API standards: Acoustic Induced Vibration, Flow Induced Vibration, Flow Induced Turbulence, and Small Bore Piping Vibration.

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
​“Comparative Performance Analysis of Waste Heat Recovery Systems for Multiple Compressor Station Heat Sources,” Timothy Allison, Ph.D.

This paper provides an overview of waste heat recovery technologies for converting waste heat from gas turbine exhaust, gas engine exhaust, and gas/jacket cooling water to electric power. We describe the fundamental technologies, including steam Rankine, organic Rankine, and supercritical CO2-based cycles and provide examples of their implementations into compressor station applications, including multiple comparative case studies.

Wednesday, Oct. 5

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
"A GMRC Research Project: Hydrogen Blending in Natural Gas Compression Facilities," Eugene "Buddy" Broerman

To better understand the effects of hydrogen blending at a compressor station, the GMRC project team chose to look at several major individual components of a specific compressor station and how those components could be affected by introducing varying amounts of hydrogen into the natural gas stream. The chosen compressor station operates with four compressors that operate in parallel: two identical centrifugal compressors and two reciprocating compressors—an integral slow speed unit and a high-speed separable unit. The goal of this research work is to provide a high-level understanding of some potential implications and roadblocks of blending hydrogen into the existing natural gas pipeline system.

1:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
“Advanced Topics in Acoustics and Vibrations,” Benjamin A. White, P.E., Eugene L. Broerman, Sarah B. Simons

This short course will cover advanced topics in pulsations and acoustics in piping systems that are beyond the scope of introductory level short courses.  Topics in this short course include equations of state, wet gas compression and pulsation bottle design with liquid carryover from suction separators, valve noise and vibration problems; high frequency pulsation and vibrations from blade pass excitation, valves or instrumentation in centrifugal compressor systems; alternate methods of pulsation control for high pressure systems, advanced pulsation attenuation devices, pump pulsation mitigation, mixed compression, screw piles, and the impact of changing gas compositions for reverse direction flow on pulsations and horsepower requirements. 

For more information, please contact Ben White.