Field Performance Testing Centrifugal and Reciprocating Compressors
MetadataShow full item record
Field performance testing is often necessary to verify guaranteed as-installed aerodynamic and mechanical performance of new machinery. It can also be used to monitor long-term machinery performance, track degradation patterns, and determine appropriate maintenance practices. In order to obtain useful performance data, it is necessary to use appropriate instrumentation, follow adequate installation practices, use accurate performance calculation methods (including equations of state), and include uncertainty analysis. This short course provides a detailed overview of performance testing and provides guidelines from published documents such as ASME PTC-10, API 618, ISO 1217, and GMRC guidelines, including basic theory and calculations, instrumentation selection and location, installation and measurement accuracy, test methodology, and sources of uncertainty.
Brun, Klaus; Delgado, Hector; Poerner, Nathan; Allison, Tim (2018). Field Performance Testing Centrifugal and Reciprocating Compressors. Turbomachinery Laboratory, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station. Available electronically from