Buying / Selling Serial #1
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The machinery utilized in the Oil and Gas Industry, (Upstream, Midstream and Downstream) is undergoing very significant changes. In the past years, the use of new designs or prototype machinery was strongly discouraged. Changes were modest and taken slowly. However, rapidly escalating changes in operating environments and requirements are requiring users and manufacturers to pursue "Step Outs" or, as defined in this paper, Serial #1 machinery. The authors detail some of the design challenges being encountered by users and manufacturers. A number of specific design challenges that have been encountered in the centrifugal compressor arena are described. Considerable engineering and design detail for these specific challenges are discussed. It is hoped that this discussion will provide the readers with some level of understanding of both the challenges they are facing and the manner in which they may address them while managing the risk inherent in these designs.
Drosjack, Michael J.; Miller, Harry F.; Sorokes, James M. (2011). Buying / Selling Serial #1. Texas A&M University. Turbomachinery Laboratories. Available electronically from