GE Oil & Gas/ Digital Solutions



In this instructor-led course, students will learn about instrumentation used for protection and condition monitoring of a reciprocating compressor, interpret data plots, and identify reciprocating compressor malfunctions. The course includes hands-on workshops with actual case histories. Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

• Relate reciprocating compressor components to various failure modes
• State how crank angle measurements affect the reciprocating compressor data measurements and plots
• Recognize select plots used to assess the health of reciprocating compressors
• Interpret PV Plots: use cylinder pressure versus volume plots, as well as performance monitoring to determine throw condition
• Calculate rod load conditions (reversal)
• Discover the full application and benefits of rod position instead of rod drop measurements
• Conduct compressor vibration analysis

Topics include:
• Introduction to Reciprocating Compressor Condition Monitoring
• Crankshaft Timing Measurements
• Cylinder Pressure Plots and Application
• Cylinder Performance Design Factors and Plot Evaluation
• Rod Load Concepts
• Rod Drop Fundamentals and Instrument Settings
• Rod Position Monitoring and Plots
• Compressor Vibration Monitoring and Measurements
• Configuring and Viewing data with System 1 software

Course Length: 3 days
Materials Provided: Training manual, lab stations with all hardware, and graphic plotting materials.
Prerequisite: General knowledge of basic design and operating characteristics of reciprocating compressors is helpful, but not mandatory.



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