Compressor Systems - Mechanical Design and Specification - ME-46
Discipline: Mechanical Engineering
Duration: 5 days
Instructor(s): Ronald Frend, Stuart Watson
See details on the online, virtual session here
This 5-day, specialized level course is for facility design engineers, operations engineers, and technicians seeking an in-depth understanding of centrifugal, reciprocating, and screw compressors. This course provides basic knowledge of compressor types and associated auxiliary systems, mechanical design of equipment, operating and performance characteristics, control and monitoring systems, maintenance practices, and codes and standards.
Mechanical, facilities, plant, or pipeline engineers and technicians needing an in-depth understanding of the different types of compressors.
You Will Learn:
- How to apply thermodynamics to compressor performance and operating characteristics
- How to size, specify, and select compressors
- Compressor auxiliary systems
- Series and parallel application of compressors
- How to integrate compressor systems into process facilities used in the oil and gas industry
- How to use state-of-the-art monitor and control devices in the operation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of compression systems
- How to apply maintenance practices to improve compressor reliability
- Shop and field performance testing
- Compressor economics including OPEX vs. CAPEX considerations
- Types and application of compressors
- Selection criteria of dynamic and positive displacement compressors
- Compressor thermodynamics and operating characteristics
- Performance curves and off-design evaluations
- Key compressor components and other auxiliary systems
- Equipment specifications
- Compressor controls and monitoring devices
- Driver and gear involvement
- Installation, operation, maintenance practices, and troubleshooting
- Economic considerations
MR. RON FREND is a registered engineer, and has extensive engineering and management experience in the oil and gas sector. He rose to a senior position in Shell International (Middle East) before opening a worldwide engineering consultancy based in England and a senior position in a global training enterprise. His entire career has been concerned with practical applications of maintenance and engineering from a solid business foundation. Ron is experienced in a variety of maintenance analytical techniques as well as possessing management skills suitable to a large multi-national corporation working in the oil and gas industry. Ron has also undergone specialized training on the following topics: management techniques, non-destructive testing, oil tanker cargo operations, instrumentation and control, resistance and gas welding, vibration analysis, infrared thermography, and ultrasonics. He is a Registered Engineer with an MSc from Huddersfield University in England as well as being a certified Chief Engineer Officer (marine). Ron is currently Technical Director of Facilities Training for PetroSkills with special responsibility for Mechanical Engineering training.
MR. STUART WATSON is the Facilities Engineering Technical Director for PetroSkills. He has over 18 years of experience in oil and gas processing. His experience has taken him to facilities around the world in regions including Australia, Africa, the Middle East and the US. Mr. Watson graduated with honors in 1995 from Curtin University, Perth, Australia, with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. After graduating he worked in Perth, Australia supporting Woodside's offshore facilities. In January 2000, Stuart accepted a position with Pearl Development Company of Colorado where he worked over the next eight years at many of the gas production and processing facilities in the western US. His work included expansions for Unocal Alaska, facilities engineering at the El Paso Field Service's 650MMscfd Chaco Plant and various other projects in Colorado and Wyoming. In 2008, he oversaw and commissioned a 92MMscfd amine sweetening and cryogenic NGL train for the Government of Ras Al Khaimah (UAE). Thereafter, he started his own engineering consultancy supporting both mechanical and process disciplines. In 2009 he started instructing part time for John M. Campbell and Co. in mechanical engineering and operator training. Currently, Mr. Watson supports PetroSkills in a full time role to ensure technical and quality assurance in ICE, Pipeline, Mechanical and Offshore engineering.
In-House Course Presentations
All courses are available for in-house presentation to individual organizations. In-house courses may be structured the same as the public versions or tailored to meet your requirements. Special courses on virtually any petroleum-related subject can be arranged specifically for in-house presentation. For further information, contact our In-House Training Coordinator at one of the
numbers listed below.
Telephone 1- 832 426 1234
Facsimile 1- 832 426 1244
Public Course Presentations
How to contact PetroSkills:
1-800-821-5933 toll-free in North America or
Address P.O. Box 35448, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74153-0448, U.S.A