DEVELOPING AN EFFECTIVE APPROACH FOR SIZING RECIPROCATING COMPRESSORS
Since reciprocating compressors are capable of handling a wide range of operating conditions, they are often considered for a wide variety of compression needs. To assist with appropriate unit selection, most reciprocating compressor OEMs provide useful sizing software. Understanding the overall sizing problem, effectively using sizing methodologies, allowing for appropriate system variances, and successfully incorporating goals and constraints from all parties involved can be an engineering challenge. This short course will provide attendees with a better understanding of what criteria is important when sizing reciprocating compressors; a general overview of how reciprocating compressors are sized; communication goals between end users, packagers, and OEMs; consideration of the effects of unloading options on unit sizing; effects of pulsation and pressure drop on unit sizing; real world examples of problems and how they were solved, and the importance of integrating flexibility into the compressor sizing process.