Startup Of A Large Compression Train - Testing Verifies Design.
The startup of a reliable compressor train involves not only the design and design audit, but also startup testing to verify the functionality of the design. Startup testing usually includes mechanical and electrical system checks, solo runs, alignment measurements, and extensive vibration monitoring. There are other test programs conducted at startup that can also play an important role in the successful startup of a critical process train. Recently; a large compressor train was installed and brought on stream in an air oxidation process. Described briefly herein are five tests that helped verify the design and that are contributing to the reliability of the train. These tests were: • shaker testing a low tuned concrete foundation, • transient torsional torque measurement during startup, • measurement of stator vane stresses during surge, • compressor surge tests, and • measuring rated point performance.
Swalley, Jerry C. (1985). Startup Of A Large Compression Train - Testing Verifies Design.. Texas A&M University. Turbomachinery Laboratories. Available electronically from