Rational Vibration, Shaking Force and Separation Margin Guidelines for Acoustical/Mechanical Analysis of Reciprocating Compressor Piping Systems
The next edition (5th) of the API 618 design standard has been revised to include much needed vibration, acoustic shaking force and separation margin guidelines. This paper presents the basis of the newly included vibration, acoustic shaking force and separation margin guidelines. Development of the guidelines will be shown to have met the following criteria: technically rigorous, independent of design philosophy, general applicable, and conservative relative to extensive modeling. Further, this paper presents examples to show the developed guidelines provide clarity in interpreting the requirements and intent of the APR 618 design standard.