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The Turbomachinery Laboratory conducts basic and applied research into important problems of reliability and performance of turbomachinery — rotating machinery that extracts or adds energy to fluids. That’s everything from classic Dutch windmills to the space shuttle’s main engine turbopumps and compressors that move natural gas through the distribution system.

The Turbo Lab’s acclaimed Turbomachinery and Pump Symposia (TPS) is held annually in Houston, Texas, and its sister event, the Asia Turbomachinery and Pump Symposia, biennially in Singapore. Both feature a world-class exhibit hall and cutting-edge technical program.

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Recent Submissions

  • PT01 - Monitoring Vibration and Other Critical Machine Conditions 

    Marscher, William; Adams, Ron; Calafell, Dag; Bradshaw, Simon; Claxton, Jack; Onari, Maki; Voyles, Monroe; Bruck, Morg; Atkins, Ken; Satish, Hemanth; Donley, Richard; Boyadjis, Paul; Lagas, Nicolas; Gaydon, Peter; Yarnot, Brian (Turbomachinery LaboratoryTexas A&M Engineering Experiment StationTexas A & M University. Libraries, [2019])
    Condition monitoring methods Effectiveness of condition monitoring on rotating equipment Value of, and ROI of, condition-based monitoring Vertical pump monitoring Below ground monitoring in vertical pumps Vertical pump ...
  • P11 - Cavitation/NPSH (Field Problems)� 

    Viser, Frank; Schiavello, Bruno; Korkowski, Frank; Henry, David; Annese, Francesco; Curtin, Gre; Atkins, Ken; Green, Patrick; Adams, Ron; Cicatelli, Giancarlo (Turbomachinery LaboratoryTexas A&M Engineering Experiment StationTexas A & M University. Libraries, [2019])
    Unexpected cavitation erosion Key parameters to consider for Root Cause Analysis when experiencing cavitation damage NPSHR, NPSHA, NPSH margin Performance loss due to insufficient NPSHA (margin) NPSH 40,000 hours Cavitation ...
  • P09 - Sealless Pumps 

    Wood, Dan; Hodgson, Judy; Fegan, Denny; Baker, Gene; Yutzy, Keith; Moy, Matt (Turbomachinery LaboratoryTexas A&M Engineering Experiment StationTexas A & M University. Libraries, [2019])
    Types of sealless pumps and application limitations such as HP, pressure, temperature, solids, etc. Applications where sealless pumps have been successfully applied, and where they have failed Environmental performance in ...
  • P08 - Vertical Pump Problems and Solutions 

    Zentic, Clint; Satish, Hemanth; Wright, Howard; Kilgore, John; Merill, John; Korkowski, Frank; Hollingsworth, Justin (Turbomachinery LaboratoryTexas A&M Engineering Experiment StationTexas A & M University. Libraries, [2019])
  • P07 - Improving Mean Time Between Pump Failures� 

    Bruck, Morg; Burton, Aaron; Litton, Bill; DePaolis, David; Green, Patrick; Amaya, Hctor (Turbomachinery LaboratoryTexas A&M Engineering Experiment StationTexas A & M University. Libraries, [2019])
    Mechanical/Metallurgical design requirements for pump components; Design and installation for pump baseplates; Proper hydraulic fit of pumps; Mechanical alignment targets/procedures; Pump repair criteria
  • P10 - Pipeline Applications� 

    Burton, Aaron; Bruck, Morg; Litton, Bill; Weber, Bruce; Maddox, George; Dickau, Ralph; Dreger, Bryce (Turbomachinery LaboratoryTexas A&M Engineering Experiment StationTexas A & M University. Libraries, [2019])
    Operation (single, series, batch products, parallel) Maintenance (mechanical seals, bearings, pigging, vibration) Hydraulic rerates (destaging, volute chipping, volute inserts, impeller underfilling)
  • PT01 - Considerations in Piping Plan 53B Applications 

    Huebner, Michael (Turbomachinery LaboratoryTexas A&M Engineering Experiment StationTexas A & M University. Libraries, [2019])
  • T14 - Gas Turbine Operation and Maintenance 

    Kurz, Rainer; Gonzalez, Francisco; Haught, Jeff (Turbomachinery LaboratoryTexas A&M Engineering Experiment StationTexas A & M University. Libraries, [2019])
    Preventive/predictive maintenance Condition monitoring Air filtration onshore and offshore Fogging/evaporative cooling/inlet chilling Liquid fuel handling and storage Gas fuel issues Lean premix combustion and emissions ...
  • T15 - Steam Turbine Design, Operation, and Maintenance� 

    Patel, Vinod; Cole, Alan; Bhat, Gampa; Kumar, Arun; Moreno, Joe; Barrington, Brian (Turbomachinery LaboratoryTexas A&M Engineering Experiment StationTexas A & M University. Libraries, [2019])
    Overhaul intervals Maintenance practices Solid particle erosion Contract versus in-house maintenance Mechanical driver turbine issues - design et al Steam path repairs Turbine casing and alignment issues Steam turbine ...
  • T13 - Screw Compressors 

    Matthews, Terryl; Atkins, Ken; Kisor, Kevin; McCain, Bruce; Jumonville, Jigger; Goode, Jim; Manthey, Tim (Turbomachinery LaboratoryTexas A&M Engineering Experiment StationTexas A & M University. Libraries, [2019])
    API Standard 619 for screw compressors Wet and dry Silencers for dry screw compressors Noise reduction methods Lubricants and lubricant carryover for flooded screw compressor Over-compression and under-compression Pulsation ...
  • P06 - Mechanical Seals 

    Huebner, Micheal; Azibert, Henri; Kalfrin, Brian; Hodgson, Judy; Wu, Shifeng; Monroe, Todd; Merill, John (Turbomachinery LaboratoryTexas A&M Engineering Experiment StationTexas A & M University. Libraries, [2019])
    Mechanical seals are the most common method of sealing industrial centrifugal pumps and other rotary equipment. Although the basic concepts of a seal is simple, requirements which can be unique for a specific application. ...
  • T16 - Compressor Controls 

    Sandberg, Mark; Kurtz, Rainer; McWhirter, Jeff; Day-Towler, Meera; Downing, David; Weatherwax, Mark (Turbomachinery LaboratoryTexas A&M Engineering Experiment StationTexas A & M University. Libraries, [2019])
    Surge Detection Logic - Trip or not on Surge Detection? Compressor Control Redundancy Requirements Is the primary purpose of an anti-surge valve a control or protection? Check valve locations and their impact on ...
  • P05 - Centrifugal Pump Operation, Maintenance, and Reliability 

    Kumar, Arun; Donley, Richard; Whaley, Katie; DePaolis, David; Stevenson, Calvin; Pairmore, Paul; Gottlieb, Adam; Putnam, Thomas (Turbomachinery LaboratoryTexas A&M Engineering Experiment StationTexas A & M University. Libraries, [2019])
    Top Voted for Discussion in 2017: MI Inspections of pumps - (casing thickness) UT, on-line, shops; Methods for preventing reverse rotation, detecting reverse rotation; Hot alignment is there benefits, what temperature; ...
  • T11 - Turbomachinery Bearings and Annular Seals 

    Whalen, John; Leader, Malcolm; Guedry, Michelle; Davidson, Thomas; Mathis, Alan (Turbomachinery LaboratoryTexas A&M Engineering Experiment StationTexas A & M University. Libraries, [2019])
    Turbomachinery bearings Sleeve and tilting pad journal bearings Babbitt bearing failures Bearing upgrades Clearances Installation Oil Annual seals Polymer seals Centrifugal compressor applications Designing an upgrade Polymer ...
  • T09 - Dry Gas Seals for Compressors 

    Weyermann, Hans; Quoix, Bernard; Baldassarre, Leonardo; Delrahim, Joe; Crane, John; Johnson, Emery; Herfurth, Sean (Turbomachinery LaboratoryTexas A&M Engineering Experiment StationTexas A & M University. Libraries, [2019])
    DGS operating characteristics Unidirectional versus bidirectional Seals faces and seats, O rings materials Explosive decompression Primary seal gas supply control system Primary seal failure detection Primary seal gas vent ...
  • T10 - Integrally Geared Compressors 

    Addison, Bradley; Kisor, Kevin; Matthews, Terryl; Schwarz, Carl (Turbomachinery LaboratoryTexas A&M Engineering Experiment StationTexas A & M University. Libraries, [2019])
    How to specify an integrally geared compressor Typical process applications Controlling an integral gear compressor - IGV, VFD Rotordynamic considerations
  • T08 -Turbo Expanders & PRTs 

    Kassie, Lil; Kranz, Robert; Kassie, Justin; Shafer,Don; Linden, Dave; Vachon, Nick; Seamon, George; Goode, Jim; Rewoldt, Charles; Calafell, Dag (Turbomachinery LaboratoryTexas A&M Engineering Experiment StationTexas A & M University. Libraries, [2019])
    DGS operating characteristics Unidirectional versus bidirectional Seals faces and seats, O rings materials Explosive decompression Primary seal gas supply control system Primary seal failure detection Primary seal gas vent ...
  • T12 - Protection Systems Integrity 

    Kassie, Lil; Locke, Steve; Kranz, Watson, Seamon, Kassie, Miller, Rewoldt (Turbomachinery LaboratoryTexas A&M Engineering Experiment StationTexas A & M University. Libraries, [2019])
    Attendees Topics of Interests Reliability Limits of components and systems Considerations for new systems Interlocks Integrity Interlocks testing Surge system integrity and testing LOPA (Layer Of Protection Analysis) SIL ...
  • T05 - Overspeed Trip Systems 

    Bayless, Bruce; Yates, Kevin; Shane, Scott (Turbomachinery LaboratoryTexas A&M Engineering Experiment StationTexas A & M University. Libraries, [2019])
    Electronic overspeed detection system (speed sensors and logic devices) Number, logic Speed sensing gear Sensor type Electro-hydraulic solenoid valves De-energize to shutdown (API default) Number, location, orientation ...
  • T07 - Advanced Topics In Centrifugal Compressor Design 

    Sandberg, Mark; Baldassarre, Leonardo; Baumann, Urs; Kuzdzal, Mark; Moore, Jeff; Pettinato, Brian; Sorokes, James (Turbomachinery LaboratoryTexas A&M Engineering Experiment StationTexas A & M University. Libraries, [2019])
    Meeting current rotordynamics stability standards CO2 Compressors High flow coefficient/Mach number impellers Coupling and alignment impacts on asymmetric rotordynamics Sour gas/Chloride implications on material ...

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