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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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  • 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 Laboratory; Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station; Texas 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 ...
  • Viser, Frank; Schiavello, Bruno; Korkowski, Frank; Henry, David; Annese, Francesco; Curtin, Gre; Atkins, Ken; Green, Patrick; Adams, Ron; Cicatelli, Giancarlo (Turbomachinery Laboratory; Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station; Texas 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 ...
  • Wood, Dan; Hodgson, Judy; Fegan, Denny; Baker, Gene; Yutzy, Keith; Moy, Matt (Turbomachinery Laboratory; Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station; Texas 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 ...
  • Zentic, Clint; Satish, Hemanth; Wright, Howard; Kilgore, John; Merill, John; Korkowski, Frank; Hollingsworth, Justin (Turbomachinery Laboratory; Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station; Texas A & M University. Libraries, [2019])
  • Bruck, Morg; Burton, Aaron; Litton, Bill; DePaolis, David; Green, Patrick; Amaya, Hctor (Turbomachinery Laboratory; Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station; Texas 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
  • Burton, Aaron; Bruck, Morg; Litton, Bill; Weber, Bruce; Maddox, George; Dickau, Ralph; Dreger, Bryce (Turbomachinery Laboratory; Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station; Texas 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)
  • Huebner, Michael (Turbomachinery Laboratory; Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station; Texas A & M University. Libraries, [2019])
  • Huebner, Micheal; Azibert, Henri; Kalfrin, Brian; Hodgson, Judy; Wu, Shifeng; Monroe, Todd; Merill, John (Turbomachinery Laboratory; Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station; Texas 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. ...
  • Sandberg, Mark; Kurtz, Rainer; McWhirter, Jeff; Day-Towler, Meera; Downing, David; Weatherwax, Mark (Turbomachinery Laboratory; Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station; Texas 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 ...
  • Kurz, Rainer; Gonzalez, Francisco; Haught, Jeff (Turbomachinery Laboratory; Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station; Texas 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 ...
  • Patel, Vinod; Cole, Alan; Bhat, Gampa; Kumar, Arun; Moreno, Joe; Barrington, Brian (Turbomachinery Laboratory; Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station; Texas 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 ...
  • Matthews, Terryl; Atkins, Ken; Kisor, Kevin; McCain, Bruce; Jumonville, Jigger; Goode, Jim; Manthey, Tim (Turbomachinery Laboratory; Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station; Texas 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 ...
  • Kumar, Arun; Donley, Richard; Whaley, Katie; DePaolis, David; Stevenson, Calvin; Pairmore, Paul; Gottlieb, Adam; Putnam, Thomas (Turbomachinery Laboratory; Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station; Texas 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; ...
  • Weyermann, Hans; Quoix, Bernard; Baldassarre, Leonardo; Delrahim, Joe; Crane, John; Johnson, Emery; Herfurth, Sean (Turbomachinery Laboratory; Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station; Texas 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 ...
  • Whalen, John; Leader, Malcolm; Guedry, Michelle; Davidson, Thomas; Mathis, Alan (Turbomachinery Laboratory; Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station; Texas 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 ...
  • Addison, Bradley; Kisor, Kevin; Matthews, Terryl; Schwarz, Carl (Turbomachinery Laboratory; Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station; Texas A & M University. Libraries, [2019])
    How to specify an integrally geared compressor Typical process applications Controlling an integral gear compressor - IGV, VFD Rotordynamic considerations
  • Kassie, Lil; Kranz, Robert; Kassie, Justin; Shafer,Don; Linden, Dave; Vachon, Nick; Seamon, George; Goode, Jim; Rewoldt, Charles; Calafell, Dag (Turbomachinery Laboratory; Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station; Texas 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 ...
  • Kassie, Lil; Locke, Steve; Kranz, Watson, Seamon, Kassie, Miller, Rewoldt (Turbomachinery Laboratory; Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station; Texas 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 ...
  • Bayless, Bruce; Yates, Kevin; Shane, Scott (Turbomachinery Laboratory; Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station; Texas 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 ...
  • Sandberg, Mark; Baldassarre, Leonardo; Baumann, Urs; Kuzdzal, Mark; Moore, Jeff; Pettinato, Brian; Sorokes, James (Turbomachinery Laboratory; Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station; Texas 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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