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2017GMC Paper

Field Performance Testing and Instrumentation of Reciprocating and Centrifugal Compressors

Timothy Allison, Hector Delgaldo, and Nathan Poerner, Sr. - Southwest Research Institute

Centrifugal Compressors, Reciprocating Compressors

Field Performance Testing and Instrumentation of Reciprocating and Centrifugal Compressors

Field performance testing is often necessary to verify guaranteed as-installed aerodynamic and mechanical performance of new machinery and can also be applied to monitor long-term machinery performance, track degradation patterns, and determine appropriate maintenance. In order to obtain useful performance data, it is necessary to use appropriate instrumentation and installation practices, accurate performance calculation methodology (including equation of state), and uncertainty analysis. Guidance for performance testing of reciprocating and centrifugal compressor standards can be found in previous guidelines published by GMRC as well as various standards including ASME PTC-10, API 618, or ISO 1217.

This tutorial provides a detailed overview of performance testing and topics from these standards and guidelines, including basic theory and calculations, instrumentation selection and location, installation and measurement accuracy, test methodology, and sources of uncertainty

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