RPS Group
RPS Group

Reciprocating Compressor - Overview

Quick Facts for this Event
Date: Nov 06 - 07, 2017
Length: 2 days (8:30 AM - 4:30 PM)
Location: Houston, TX
Delivery Method: Classroom Training
CEU: 1.6 Continuing Education Units
PDH: 16 Professional Development Hours
Certificate: Certificate Issued Upon Completion
Fee: $ 1,695 USD
All Dates for this Course
18-Sep-17 Calgary (2 days)$ 1,695 CAD
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Course Description
This two-day course provides an overview of the operation and components of a reciprocating compressor.  Reciprocating compressors are the work horses of the gas industry, with thousands of units in operation. This course is targeted to anyone interested in becoming familiar with these compressors, including engineers, technicians and others in the industry. 

The material is presented in descriptive terms; limited mathematics and equations. Several videos are used for clarity and emphasis. Participants become engaged by taking in small assignments arising from the subject material. 

A complete set of course materials and lunches are included.

Course Syllabus
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Course Outline
  • The industry, OEMs, compressor configurations
  • Reciprocating compressor components and their function
  • The compression process
  • Compressor sizing concepts
  • Other compressor system components (bottles, scrubbers, coolers, lubrication)
  • Control system basics
  • Motor and engine drivers
  • Performance characteristics, loading curves
  • Maintenance and reliability issues, including pulsation and vibration
  • Condition monitoring

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Dr. Bryan Long, Director of Business Services at the BETA group of companies, has over 40 years of direct experience in performance analysis of rotating machines. During his tenure as President of Beta Monitors and Controls, Bryan pioneered the development of performance analyzers, now commonly used throughout the compression industry. He developed the first digital acoustical analysis of reciprocating compressors, the first portable vibration monitor that "talked" to a computer, and the first portable reciprocating compressor monitor. Bryan has extensive field experience and expertise in root cause analysis, performance monitoring and testing, including assessment of mechanical condition, performance, and reliability of all kinds of industrial machinery.

Training Venue

To avoid potential course disruptions caused by the attendance of unconfirmed registrants, the training venue address will ONLY be provided to registrants upon receipt of payment (via an email confirmation note).

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Participant Evaluations
Average participant rating 4.5 out of 5 stars
12 participant evaluations
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September 27, 2016, Design Analyst, Calgary
Great coarse for people new to reciprocating compressors. Great coarse for filling in gaps of knowledge regarding reciprocating compressors. Overall quality of instruction was very good.
September 22, 2016, Process EIT, Calgary
A great introduction into the world of reciprocating compressors that is applicable to all areas (from engineering design to operating and troubleshooting)
September 22, 2016, Production Engineer, Calgary
This was a great course that has made me feel very knowledgeable about compressors.
November 4, 2015, Engineer, Houston
Great overview of compression in the gas industry. With a variety of experience in the class, the content seemed to be valuable to the jr. engineer as well as the 10 year exp intermediate level engineer.
May 22, 2015, Marketing & Communications Coordinator, Calgary
Excellent introduction course and very knowledgeable instructors. It really helped to get an understanding of all major aspects of reciprocating compressors and the industry.