Understanding and Optimising Compression

Engineers learn theory and operators learn from experience, but how do we ensure both theory and experience are combined to full advantage? Both groups need to understand the fundamental principles, the interaction with the driver limitations, be able to understand the application of process control and be able to spot problems. This course has been prepared to give a practical understanding of compression in the real world, combined with modern control systems and the pursuit of optimum performance.

It is an intensive course which relies heavily on the use of many computer simulation practical examples to explore compressor operation, its control and optimisation and to give a comprehensive overview of the whole compressor family.

Course Description

Engineers learn theory and operators learn from experience, but how do we ensure both theory and experience are combined to full advantage? Both groups need to understand the fundamental principles, the interaction with the driver limitations, be able to understand the application of process control and be able to spot problems. This course has been prepared to give a practical understanding of compression in the real world, combined with modern control systems and the pursuit of optimum performance.

It is an intensive course which relies heavily on the use of many computer simulation practical examples to explore compressor operation, its control and optimisation and to give a comprehensive overview of the whole compressor family.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course delegates will be able to explain the common fundamental aspects of each type of compressor, but also highlight the differences and the appropriate application of the most common types of compressors.

Most importantly the participants will understand the physics of compression and hence what a compressor can and cannot do. They will also understand how control regulates the performance of a compressor and its driver, and how the driver and compressor interact.

From an understanding of the physics, delegates will also understand the cause of surge in centrifugal compression, how to prevent surge in operation and through the use of control techniques to provide anti surge protection.

This thorough understanding will then equip the delegate to appreciate common operating problems, their causes and their solutions.

Finally, delegates will be familiar with multi-stage and multi-train configurations commonly encountered in the real world and their operation and optimisation.

Course Leader

Howard Thomas has a particular passion for Operational Excellence, which he believes has to be complemented by the competency of individuals. He developed these beliefs through a combination of direct industry operations experience with Dow Chemicals as a technician and with Exxon Chemicals as an engineer, and subsequently working with numerous consultancy and training clients all over the world.

He believes a sense of ownership and belief that you can make a difference in the organisation is essential to excellence, and that in turn inspires the pursuit of skills and tools mastery.

Howard is a highly sought after technical training specialist with twenty years of direct training experience during a thirty year career.

Course Schedule

DAY 1

TIME EVENT NOTES
8.30am Meet & Greet Tea & Coffee
Introduction: The Compressor Family
Introduction: Physics 101
10.00am Break Morning Tea
Demystifying Theory: Thermodynamics
12.00pm Break Lunch
Demystifying Theory: Performance Monitoring
2.00pm Break Afternoon Tea
Demystifying Theory: Process Control
Operation: Single Speed Compressor
Operation: Variable Speed Compressor
5.00pm Close out day 1

DAY 2

TIME EVENT NOTES
8.30am Meet & Greet Tea & Coffee
Introduction: Surge and Stonewall
10.00am Break Morning Tea
Compressor Protection: Anti Surge Systems
12.00pm Break Lunch
Operation: Multi stage Compression
2.00pm Break Afternoon Tea
Optimisation: Anti Surge Tuning
Optimisation: Multiple Train Anti Surge
Optimisation: Multi stage Anti Surge
5.00pm Close out day 2

DAY 3

TIME EVENT NOTES
8.30am Meet & Greet Tea & Coffee
Introduction: Centrifugal Compressor Maintenance
10.00am Break Morning Tea
Operation: Centrifugal Shutdown Systems
12.00pm Break Lunch
Operation: Centrifugal Start Up Sequence
2.00pm Break Afternoon Tea
Optimisation: Common Problems of Centrifugal Compressors
Optimisation: Performance Monitoring
5.00pm Close out day 3

DAY 4

TIME EVENT NOTES
8.30am Meet & Greet Tea & Coffee
Introduction: Reciprocating Compressor Maintenance
10.00am Break Morning Tea
Maintenance: Common Problems of Reciprocating Compressors
12.00pm Break Lunch
Operation: Multi stage Reciprocating Compression
2.00pm Break Afternoon Tea
Operation: Reciprocating Compressor Start Up
Operation: Reciprocating Compressor Shutdown
Optimisation: Load Balancing of Reciprocating Compressors
5.00pm Close out day 4

DAY 5

TIME EVENT NOTES
8.30am Meet & Greet Tea & Coffee
Introduction: Screw Compressor Maintenance
10.00am Break Morning Tea
Maintenance: Common Problems Screw Compression
12.00pm Break Lunch
Optimisation: Screw Compressor Configurations
2.00pm Break Afternoon Tea
Operation: Screw Compressor Start Up
Operation: Screw Compressor Shutdown
Optimisation: Slide Valves
5.00pm Close out day 5