Integral Gear Compressor Gearbox Flooding Issue
This case study discusses a series of integral gear compressor trips and machine damage that resulted from a sudden increase in motor power not related to process changes.After testing it was determined that the increase in power was the result of oil accumulation in the gearbox. Interestingly the oil accumulation was not in the bottom of the gearbox but in the top.After modifications to the gearbox were made the flooding phenomenon was prevented from occurring.
Callan, Daryl (2016). Integral Gear Compressor Gearbox Flooding Issue. Turbomachinery Laboratories, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station. Available electronically from