Compressor failures can cause significant problems from delays in production to the possible shutdown of the whole plant. However, good compressor operation and maintenance can cost-effectively maximise compressor life expectancy; while improving its reliability and availability to meet output requirement.


Course approach:


  • A very practical, interactive, experiential learning experience
  • A clear methodology applicable to all relevant organisations
  • Industry standard terminology and content
  • Rich content and solutions to site-specific issues
  • Interactive discussions

Key benefits and learning outcomes:

Over this 4-day training course, you will obtain valuable insights into:

  • Evaluating and augmenting the efficiency of compressor operation resulting in reduced energy consumption
  • Improving the knowledge of best practices and troubleshooting techniques to avoid and mitigate compressor failures
  • Defining the technical features and vulnerabilities of dynamic and positive displacement compressors
  • Identifying the criteria that can assist in cost-effective compressor selection
  • Using appropriate maintenance technologies to maximise compressor reliability and availability
  • Benchmarking compressor performance against industry standards


This course is aimed at:

Mechanical Engineers, Maintenance Engineers, Process/Contact Engineers, Reliability Engineers, Electrical Engineers, Operations
Managers, Maintenance Managers, Project Managers, Contract Managers, Asset Managers, Technical Managers
From Industries such as:
Oil & Gas, Mining, Energy & Utilities, Chemicals & Petrochemicals, Food & Beverage Manufacturing, Agriculture

Course Outline:

Day 1

Centrifugal & Axial Turbocompressors – Application Ranges and Limitations
Mechanical Design:
Casings, Side Streams, Rotors, Impellers, Bearings, Seals, Couplings
Basic Parameters:
Thermodynamics, Capacity, Power, Efficiencies

Day 2

Basic Parameters (Continued):
Gas Properties, Intercooling, Performance Curves
Selection of Process Turbocompressors:
Selection and Sizing Methods
Compressor Operations:
Operating Principles and Guidelines – Performance Curve and System Characteristic
Review, Skill Test and Assessment

Day 3

Compressor Operations:
Surveillance and Monitoring (Vibration Analysis etc.), Managing ESDs
Instrumentation and Control
Surge Control and Protection, Recycle Valve Sizing
Approaches to Troubleshooting:
Principles of Root Cause Failure Analysis, Troubleshooting
Review of Site Compression Systems

Day 4

Compressor Maintenance:
Inspection, Maintenance, Overhaul and Repair – IMO&R:
Planning, Execution, Documentation, IMO&R Q & A’s,
Alignment Techniques and Support Criteria:
Review of Dial Indicator Methods, Laser Optic Cold Alignment, On-Stream (Hot) Alignment Verification Techniques
Troubleshooting Examples from Recent Failure Incidents:
Attributed to Design Defects, Processing, Manufacturing &/or Maintenance Deficiencies, Assembly Errors, Off-Design Service
Conditions, etc.
Skill Test and Assessment

Please Note:
The precise content may change on the day depending on the specific needs of the delegates.

For volume discounts and in-house rates, please contact:
Phindi Mbedzi at 2KG Training
Tell: +27 (0) 11 325 0686
Cell: +27 (0) 71 125 6188

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