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Growing Thirst Torsional Analysis Issue

APRIL 2013

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Production Manager ............. Marisa J. Roberts Our attention is focused mostly on emerging economies, not in the United
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Graphic Artist .............................Carla D. Lemke the economy, government spending, States. Carbon-dioxide emissions in the
Graphic Artist ........................... Amanda J. Ryan taxes, our national debt and a heap of U.S. have been declining, and by 2035
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CONTRIBUTING EDITORS ments revenue quest again, is one that assertion human activities are the pri-
Ellen Hopkins - Midland, Texas
Norm Shade - Cambridge, Ohio seems to rest below the public radar. It mary cause of warming. Former NASA
Mauro Belo Schneider - Rio Grande du Sul, Brazil
was attempted during the Clinton ad- scientist Roy Spencer, for example, has
Brent D. Haight, Publisher ministration, but met with such opposi- shown that temperatures since 1976
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Mike Rhodes, Senior Editor
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Linda Cameron, Advertising Manager
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Ashbourne, Derbyshire, costs on to consumers. So the American the right time but embarrassing other-
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Russia Looks Toward

Asia Pacific Energy
By Roberto Chellini
Associate Publisher Market > Gazprom, Rosneft under
political pressure to exploit
gas, oil resources

or many years, Europe has been the primary ex- scale of the project. The final cost, including the develop-
port market for Gazprom, the Russian natural ment of Chayanda and pipeline construction, likely will be
gas monopoly. more than US$50 billion over five years or longer.
If on one side, the European marketplace is seen as a The gas export monopoly that Gazprom holds is in-
slow-growing area with high competition from North Sea, creasingly threatened by pressure from Russian Presi-
African and Middle East gas source. On the other side, the dent Vladimir Putin, whose political allies include Rosneft
growing economies of the Asia Pacific region ensure a fast- chairman Igor Sechin. In fact, Rosneft has made over-
growing demand for energy. Thats especially true for lique- tures to ExxonMobil, as well as Chinese and Japanese
fied natural gas (LNG), since Japan and South Korea are companies, for possible LNG collaboration in its conces-
the worlds largest LNG importers. sions, although a liberalization of Russias gas export
Strong energy demand has brought very lucrative prices, framework has yet to occur.
and several international oil companies are investing in LNG Gazprom is wise to speed its entry into Asia through the
plants to monetize the gas reserves of Indonesia, Australia, Vladivostok LNG project while Russian politicians consider ex-
the Middle East and the East African coast. The low price tending its export monopoly. However, rising competition in the
of gas in the United States has even prompted proposals to Asia Pacific LNG market could give consuming nations more
export LNG to Asia Pacific. bargaining power. Gazprom could find it difficult to secure
Russia is looking at this market area with great interest. It long-term contracts at prices that would give it a comfortable
has significant hydrocarbon resources in East Siberia and profit margin for the expensive Vladivostok LNG investment.
on the Russian Continental Shelf (RCS). The easiest, and Rosneft has also offered opportunities for cooperation on
the most economical, option would have been a gas pipe- the RCS to Chinese companies and is expected to make
line from East Siberia to South Korea through North Korea. similar offers to Japanese firms. Those deals will probably
Although technically feasible, the political situation in the follow the pattern of agreements it had inked with ExxonMo-
area could jeopardize the substantial investment required. bil, Eni and Statoil: entry into the prospective Russian shelf,
Instead, on Feb. 21, Gazprom decided to invest in the Vladi- which could hold 733 billion barrels of oil equivalent (BOE)
vostok LNG export project. The three-train export terminal will of resources, in exchange for the capital and expertise to
be built at Perevoznaya Bay on the Lomonosov Peninsula and develop the fields.
will have annual export capacity of about 15 mtpa (20.7 x109 These promise to be beneficial partnerships for the oil
m3/year). The first train is scheduled to start up in 2018. giant Rosneft. Thanks to legislation in 2008 that effectively
Last October, Russia had finally decided to invest in the granted it and Gazprom exclusive rights to the RCS, the two
development of the Chayanda gas and condensate field. firms have been sitting on licenses that could be rich with
It will build a 2000 mi. (3200 km) pipeline from Yakutia to hydrocarbon potential.
Vladivostok to provide feedstock gas for the Vladivostok However, due to the high costs of exploration and produc-
LNG project. tion, as well as the specialized knowhow needed to operate
The Vladivostok terminal also will draw on gas from offshore a relatively new area of operations for both com-
Sakhalin Island area gas fields and from the Irkutsk produc- panies they have been slow to develop the RCS.
tion center (also in East Siberia), which will be linked to the In recent months, both firms have been under increas-
Yakutia-Vladivostok (Power of Siberia) trunkline. ing pressure from political figures such as Prime Minister
Gazprom did not disclose a construction cost of the Vladi- Dmitry Medvedev and Natural Resources and Environment
vostok venture. However, it is likely to be greater than the Minister Sergei Donskoy to speed development of the RCS
US$12.7 billion originally estimated, given the increased or risk a forfeit of their licenses. CT2

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Compression Industry Reports

Strong 2012 Business Despite
By Norm shade Low Gas Prices > More-or-less flat outlook sends
small, regional players search-
ing for new markets

ompression fabrication and contract services compa- and Asia Pacific markets, as well as unconventional applica-
nies reported strong results for 2012 even though natu- tions supporting associated gas from liquids production, vapor
ral gas prices were subdued. recovery and casing gas systems.
Enerflex recorded sales 22% higher than in 2011 due to Year-end backlogs and order rates were mixed. Dresser-Rand
strong activity in the southern United States, South America, reported record new-unit orders, a gain of 9%, driven by stronger
and other international segments. Cameron Process & Com- worldwide energy infrastructure markets, especially oil produc-
pression reported revenues were 21% higher, led by strong tion and gas transmission. D-Rs year-end unit backlog was 14%
process equipment sales. Dresser-Rands new-unit sales in- higher than 2011, and new unit orders are forecast to increase
creased 20%. another 10 to 20% in 2013.
USA Compression Partners, which closed its IPO in Janu- Exterrans compression fabrication backlog was up 11%
ary 2013, had record 20% higher revenues. Exterran Holdingss from the third quarter and 3% from year-end 2011. Manage-
revenues were 17% higher for the quarter and 7% for the year, ment reported the highest profitability in more than three
with growth in all business sectors, but especially in fabrication. years, and expects further progress in 2013, mostly in the
Compressco Partners increased its revenues 23% due to strong second half of the year.
international growth, primarily in Mexico. UE Compression, which Caterpillar and Ariel projected 2013 volumes would match
opened a facility in Denver to handle larger packages, reported re- 2012 levels. SEC Energy reported a six-month backlog with a
cord packaging sales in 2012. And SEC Energy enjoyed its highest full shop and a large expansion of its Houston plant and offices
volume since 2008. near completion. Camerons process and compression equip-
Nevertheless, tepid economies and low gas prices limited results ment orders and backlog declined 2% and 4%, respectively.
for a number of companies. Caterpillars Power Systems group re- Rolls-Royce Energy, dependent almost entirely on internation-
ported sales 6% lower in the fourth quarter of 2012, with soften- al markets, reported orders down 9% due to delays of several
ing in all geographic regions except Asia Pacific. Cat noted that large projects.
dealers are not building inventory like they did at the end of 2011. Enerflexs backlog decreased 31%, with orders slowing in all
Rolls-Royce Energy revenues decreased 11% due to the delay of areas due to lower gas prices, but especially in Canada and the
several large international projects. Small regional packagers, such northern U.S. The decrease was also affected by a large Omani
as Abby Services in the U.S., and Compass and Sage in Canada, gas processing plant that had been included in 2011 bookings.
reported slower activity. That sent them searching for more interna- The company expects continued softness during the first half
tional business and new markets, such as vapor recovery. of 2013, but is optimistic about opportunities in the southern
Exterran reduced its contract compression fleet (the industrys U.S., South America and other international markets. Enerflex
largest) by another 3% to 4,461,000 hp (3326 MW), but grew oper- doubled its Houston fabrication facility in 2012 to serve demand
ating horsepower by 3% to 3,907,000 hp (2913 MW) as utilization in those markets.
improved to 84%, nearer the industry average. International growth Low gas prices sent many small, regional fabricators and con-
rates were strongest. tract compression fleets searching for business in new markets.
USA Compressions fleet grew 27% during the year to For example, Bidell, Compass, Sage and Abby all reported their
919,211 hp (685 MW), although utilization fell from 95.7% to 2012 fabrication backlogs were down from 2011. Dearing Com-
92.8%. Compressco reported 3149 compressor units in ser- pression, positioned uniquely in the Marcellus and Utica Shale
vice, up 8%, with growth focused on Latin American, European plays, was an exception.
Niche companies, such as Cobey and ANGI Energy Systems,
Norm Shade is president of ACI Services Inc. of Cambridge, Ohio. are benefiting from strong growth in natural gas vehicle refueling
A 43-year veteran of the gas compression industry, he has written infrastructure. Vapor recovery compression is also growing as op-
numerous papers and is active in the major industry associations. erators try to reduce fugitive emissions. CT2

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Europes Carbon Trading
Monitoring Program > Approval for a backloading
fix wont come easily
Government BY Patrick Crow

uropes greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme is In late February, the imminent collapse of the ETS forced
near collapse, presenting the European Union with the EUs Committee on Environment, Public Health and
some tough choices. Food Safety to draft a bailout plan. To tighten the market,
The Emissions Trading System (ETS) was the first, and is it proposed backloading future allowances: deferring the
by far the largest, international framework for trading green- issuance of 900 million tonnes of carbon permits that were
house gas emissions allowances. due to be auctioned from 2013 to 2015. That would be
The fate of the ETS will be closely monitored in the about a fourth of the planned offering.
United States. President Barack Obama is pressing Con- The environment committee has sent a clear signal in
gress for global warming legislation and most plans to favor of a strong and healthy emissions trading system,
reduce greenhouse emissions include cap-and-trade pro- Committee Chairman Matthias Groote said. A stronger
grams like the ETS. carbon price will help catalyze Europes transition towards
Compressor manufacturers also should be watching with a low-carbon economy.
interest. They would like to see market growth for compres- That bailout plan now must be approved by the European
sors used in CO2 injection/sequestration projects. Commission, which represents all of the governments of
The EU launched the ETS in 2005. It affects nearly half EU member states, and the European Parliament. Their ap-
of all CO2 emissions in the 27 EU member nations, plus provals may not come easily or may not come at all.
Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. Some members of Parliament oppose backloading be-
Working from a 2005 baseline, the programs goal is to cause the temporary fix threatens to swamp the market when
cut emissions from targeted industrial sectors 21% by 2020. the deferred permits are ultimately issued in 2019 and 2020.
EU nations have allocated free carbon permits to 11,000 In the European Commission, nations that benefit from
industrial firms and power plants. the current low carbon prices will argue against changing
An allowance permits a facility to emit 1 tonne of CO2 or the trading program. In the forefront will be Poland, a major
its carbon equivalent. Companies can sell any permits that consumer of coal, which is the fuel that generates the most
they dont need. The limit on the total number of allowances carbon emissions.
available theoretically ensures that they have a value. The European Association for Coal and Lignite has com-
The paper-trading system is a good idea on paper. The plained to the EU that backloading not only is contrary to
market mechanism should allow polluters to either invest in the founding principles of the ETS, but also would make the
emissions controls or purchase allowances from companies program a scheme subject to political manipulation.
who dont need them, whichever makes economic sense. Environmental groups are divided. Some say the ETS
But cap-and-trade systems work best when demand needs permanent structural reforms to be viable. Others
for allowances is brisk. Thats not been the case recently argue that the ETS should be scrapped and replaced with
in Europe, where industrial activity still is recovering from tougher mandates to reduce pollution. They do agree that
the economic slowdown. In particular, demand for electric the abundance of cheap permits has removed any incentive
power has dropped and generating plants are the major for polluting firms to cut their emissions.
sources of CO2 emissions. The EU might consider some alternatives to backload-
Since 2009, the supply of ETS allowances has consis- ing but all of them are at least as controversial. It could
tently surpassed demand building to a surplus of about 2 reduce the 2020 target, permanently remove a large
billion tonnes and thus the price of traded carbon credits block of allowances, increase the annual emissions cuts,
has trended downwards. bring more industries into the program, or set a floor
Earlier this year, the price of credits slipped to a low of price for the allowances.
2.80 (US$3.75) for each tonne allowance of CO2. That Only one thing is clear. If the EU does nothing, ETS car-
was down from 9 in 2012 and 30 in 2008. bon prices will dip toward zero. CT2

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Compressor Efficiency Drops With Black
Powder Build-Up > Preventative, restorative measures
can minimize iron sulfide, iron oxide
By Fred Mueller

Of those, black powder is the most

troublesome. Black powder contami-
nation manifests itself through re-
duced pipeline efficiency, clogged
instrumentation, fouled measurement
equipment and valves that cannot op-
erate due to an accumulation of debris.
It can clog compressor valves, com-
pressor cylinders, compressor pistons,
and filter/separators.
Additionally, black powder can af-
fect pipeline integrity programs that
rely on magnetic flux leakage inspec-
tion and geometry tools due to debris-
induced, liftoff of sensors. Sometimes
the contamination is dry and powdery.
At other times it is wet or has a tar-like
appearance. Black powder is not just
a corrosion issue; it is produced in the
gas stream from chemical reactions
or from microbial activity.
Black power can be an expensive
problem. One pipeline has stated that it
spends US$5.2 million a year in direct
costs associated with black powder re-
moval. A single compressor station that
n This compressor suction valve was fouled by black powder. has had a filter/separator compromised
due to filter collapse can have remedia-

he formation of black powder natural gas industry from the wellhead tion costs of more than US$400,000.
a chemical reaction of hy- to the burner tip. Its removal is nec- Other expenses would include fil-
drogen sulfide (H2S), water and essary to improve or maintain opera- ter element replacement, solid waste
iron is a problem for compressors tional efficiency and safety. volume disposal of filter elements,
that can escalate if preventative and This paper assimilates information increased horsepower to pump the
removal actions are not taken. from several sources and provides ex- same throughput, compressor valve
Black powder is a common chal- periences from operators perspective replacements and substitution or re-
lenge that spans all phases of the on the difficulties that foreign materi- pair of fouled instrumentation.
als in the gas stream pose for produc-
Fred Mueller is president of Mueller Envi- tion, gathering, processing and pipe- Chemistry
ronmental Designs Inc., Houston. Mueller line transportation. As stated earlier, black powder is
worked for several years in engineering, Typical contaminants in the gas formed through the chemical reaction
operations, service and sales, incorporat- stream are water, glycol, amine, of H2S, water and iron in a pipe. The
ing his company in 1991. He holds a patent methanol, compressor lubricating major components of these reactions
for a helical coil separator used to remove oils, salts, chlorides, liquid hydrocar- are iron sulfide (Fe + S) and iron oxide
black powder from pipelines. E-mail him at bons, sand, dirt, production stimula- (Fe + O). The resulting compounds
F.Mueller@Muellerenvironmental.com. tors and black powder. continued on page 18

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n This orifice plate also shows black powder fouling.
mous surface area-to-volume ratio.
Subsequently, when exposed to air, it
is oxidized back to iron oxide and ei-
ther free sulfur or SO2 gas is formed.
This reaction between iron sulfide
and oxygen is accompanied by the gen-
eration of considerable amount of heat.
In fact, so much heat is released that in-
dividual particles of iron sulfide become
incandescent. This rapid exothermic
oxidation with incandescence is known
as pyrophoric oxidation and it can ignite
flammable hydrocarbon-air mixtures.
Iron sulfide in the chemical forms of
mackinawite, smythite and greigite are
typical indicators of microbial activ-
ity in the gas pipeline. Additionally, the
confirmation of sulfate-reducing bacte-
ria (SRB) and acid-producing bacteria
(APB) in the pipeline is a positive indi-
cation that microbial corrosion exists.
The SRB microbes Clostridium and
Desulfovibrio desulfuricans consume
sulfates and produce H2S. While APB
are black in appearance, therefore the ferric sulfide, smythite and greigite. Of microbes do not produce H2S, they
term black powder. these forms of iron sulfide, pyrrhotite supply nutrients and provide hospi-
exhibits pyrophoric tendencies. table environments for SRB to grow.
H2S + Fe g FeS + H2 Pyrophoric iron sulfide oxidizes
Iron sulfide exothermally when exposed to air. It is Reducing black powder
formed in the gas stream where H2S Regardless of the origin of H2S in the
2H + Fe g Fe2+ + H2 exceeds the concentration of oxygen. continued on page 20
Iron oxide As stated, due to the submicron par-
ticle size of iron sulfide, it has an enor-
Iron sulfide and iron oxide particles,
whether wet or dry, are extremely
small. Laboratory analysis of both wet
and dry samples indicates a range 0.2
< particle diameter < 4 , with more
than 81.6% of the particle sample
being less than 1 with the greatest
concentration of that particle range
being 0.2 < particle diameter < 0.4 .
Subsequently, dry black powder has a
smoke-like appearance.
Wet black powder may exhibit as
clumps, but when it is subjected to high
velocity or impinges upon hard sur-
faces, it may shear into smaller submi-
cron particles. When black powder is in
suspension as a liquid, it presents the
same characteristics as when dry. Typi-
cal density for iron sulfide and iron oxide
are 151 lb./cu.ft. (1.9 kg/m3) and 355 lb./
cu.ft. (4.6 kg/m3), respectively.
The common chemical forms of
iron sulfide include pyrrhotite, troilite, n There are many forms of black powder.
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filtration/separation. In the pigging pro-
cess, a tool is inserted and pushed
through the pipeline using compression.
There are two methods of pigging:
dry and chemical. The cleaning action
of the pig is a function of brushes or
cups that scrape the pipe wall. The
scraping action loosens black powder
on the metal and pushes loose debris
ahead of it.
Four aspects of chemical pigging
are important for optimal cleaning
results: solids penetration, solids sus-
pension, mixture viscosity and mix-
ture separability.
Solids penetration is the ability of
the chemicals to break the surface
contact of debris and loosen it from
the pipe sidewall. After the debris is
n This pig run removed a pile of moist black powder. loosened, it must be carried down the
pipe in suspension in large quantities.
gas stream, a concentration of 1 ppm ed into the gas stream. The chemical The carrying capacity of the chemi-
and a throughput of 500 MMscfd (14 x agent should be compatible with the cal agent and solvent is much greater
106 m3/d) potentially could produce as solids to be removed and is based than the original density. Therefore,
much as 3600 lb. (1630 kg) of black on pipeline operating parameters. the mixture viscosity is extremely im-
powder in a month. The important operating parameters portant; it must not increase greatly in
Operators who can minimize the include the type of compressor, dew viscosity or surface tension.
introduction of water and reduce the point, and waste disposal plans. The final aspect, mixture separa-
H2S content in their gas stream will In addition to operating parameters, bility, is the tendency of the debris to
see a resulting reduction in black pow- the nature of the deposit is critical. Hy- separate into distinct phases in order
der formation. drocarbon deposits comprised of waxes to facilitate disposal. Should an emul-
Microbiologically influenced cor- and paraffin are easier to remove with sion be present, the entire quantity of
rosion cannot exist without water, so an oil-soluble chemical while salts are material will require disposal.
water should be removed wherever it easier to clean with an aqueous clean- Optimally, three phases will pres-
is known to accumulate. ing solution. It is important to remember ent oil, aqueous, and solids. This
The best barrier to black powder that when using a water-soluble chemi- will enable the capture of the cleaning
production is tariff enforcement. Un- cal agent, the pipeline must be thor- agent for a subsequent chemical pig-
fortunately, even when some con- oughly dried after debris is removed. ging project and the removal of solid
stituents in the gas stream (such as Another important aspect of injecting debris for reduced volume of hazard-
CO2, H2S, oxygen, water, and sulfur a chemical agent into the gas stream is ous waste material.
compounds) meet the existing tariff solvent compatibility. Solvents include Physical removal of black powder
requirements of a few percent to a few water and methanol for water-soluble also involves a filtration/separation
parts per million, they still can allow cleaners or diesel and hydrocarbon function that typically is installed up-
significant corrosion. condensate for oil-soluble cleaners. stream of a compressor station or
The greatest impediment to black An effective cleaning agent must form gas processing facility.
powder formation is a conservative either a stable dispersion or a complete Multiple filters in parallel are placed
tariff that limits H2S to 1 ppm, total solution. A solution is clear or translu- in the gas stream to capture and retain
sulfur content of five grains per 100 cent in appearance with no distinct solid particles. They must be suitable for
scf, 5 lb. of water per MMscf, 1.4% by phases. A stable dispersion for pipeline submicron particle retention and they
volume of CO2 and 10 ppm of oxygen. injection applications must remain in a must be able to coalesce and pass liq-
homogenous single phase for a mini- uids for capture by the mist extraction
Removal methods mum of 72 hours to be effective. Should section of the filter/separator.
Under current technology, black pow- the cleaning solvent separate from the Most filter element designs are un-
der can be removed from gas pipelines cleaning agent, its performance will be able to perform both processes. A
through chemical or physical means. significantly reduced. primary problem with a filter element
In the chemical process, water or Physical removal of black powder that is designed to remove submicron
an oil-soluble chemical agent is inject- is accomplished through pigging and continued on page 22

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particles is that it can become plugged line debris is sampled and analyzed, restrict the foreign constituents of the
rapidly and require frequent changing. it is often presumed that sulfides do gas of the gas stream.
If operating conditions do not allow not exist and only pipeline corrosion When necessary, operators should
bypassing or shutdowns, the filter byproducts are present. use chemical processes and pigging
element pressure differential may Type of analysis performed on the methods to remove black powder
become so great that the elements debris should include full particle iden- build-up from gas pipelines.
collapse, compromising the filter/ tification, bulk density, and particle size
separator completely. and distribution. Minimum capabilities of References
Several manufacturers of helical the laboratory should include: Baldwin, R.M.: Black powder in the
coil, swirl tube, and cyclone separat- Polarized light microscopy, gas industry sources, characteristics
ing elements are working on technolo- Epi-reflected light microscopy, and treatment, Gas Machinery Re-
gies to address these issues. Scanning electron microscopy, search Council (1997). See: www.gmrc.
Energy-dispersive X-ray org/technology-reports.html
Sampling spectrometry, Brownlee, J.K.; Dougherty, J.A.;
Testing of black powder in pipelines X-ray diffraction, Salma, T.; and Hausler, R.H.: Solv-
and compressors is essential to de- Attenuated total reflection-Fourier ing iron sulfide problems in an off-
termine the chemical pigging and/or infrared spectroscopy, shore gas gathering system, Nace
cleaning process that will be required. IMIX image processing software, International (2000).
Analysis of the chemical constituents and ASTM D 854-98 standard test Campbell, S.: The ins and outs of
and particulate sizes of pipeline debris methods for specific gravity of soils. pipeline cleaners: testing and evalu-
is needed for the selection of new filtra- ation for chemical cleaners, Nace
tion/separation equipment. Conclusion International (2000).
When samples are taken for test- Pipeline and compressor operators BJ Services: Improved black pow-
ing, they must be sealed immediately. should take a two-pronged approach der removal. See: www.bjservice.com
As soon as the debris sample is ex- to battling black powder. Sahdev, M.: Pryophoric iron fires,
posed to atmosphere, it begins oxidiz- They should minimize the content Cheresources Online Chemical En-
ing and potentially forming magnetite of water and H2S in the pipeline, pref- gineering Information (1991). See:
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Preventative Maintenance A&M University.

Shown here are two compressor packages Gas Expands And

that include separators. There are four stages
for successful separation.
Slows In Velocity
The First Stage of Separation

screw compressor can be a very fickle piece of
equipment, or it can be your best piece of equipment
and make your operations very profitable. It all de-
pends on the proper fit for the application and the mainte-
nance program.
Screw compressors were not designed for the natural
gas industry. They have been adapted for the natural gas
industry from the industrial air and refrigeration industries,
where the compressor works in a clean, closed system. The Illustration by Kathy Buxkemper of PROS Co.
natural gas industry is totally opposite, utilizing an open-
ended system that will feed the compressor package what-
ever comes from the well. Operators must be ready for all
the different gases, liquids and trash that the well will throw
at the compressor.
To ensure that you have a successful screw compressor
you must first make sure the compressor package is de-
signed properly. The screw compressor package must be
designed to control three items for a successful and profit-
able piece of equipment separation of the liquids from
the gases, the filtration system and the temperature of the
gas. There are as many separation system designs as there
are compressor packagers and manufacturers. Some work
better than others.
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The separation of the liquids from the gases Gas Slows And
There are two separation systems on a typical natural Changes Direction

The Second Stage of Separation

gas screw compressor package the gas suction separa-
tor from the well and the oil discharge system to separate
the gas and oil after the compression process. We will dis-
cuss both because they both have to be working properly
to insure success.
The majority of the liquids from the well should be sep-
arated prior to the gas stream coming to the compressor
package. Sometimes this is not the case for wellhead com-
pression systems. The gas suction separator should be de-
signed with the four stages of separation working properly;
this will ensure the minimum amount of liquid carryover to
the compressor. It does not matter if the system has a hori-

Illustration by Kathy Buxkemper of PROS Co.

zontal or vertical separator system as long as it is designed
correctly for the application.
The first stage of separation is to have the gas enter and
immediately hit an inlet deflector, which forces the gas to
expand, change direction and slow down in velocity. This
will drop out a lot of the heavier fluids. The second stage
is to have the gas change direction and continue to slow in
velocity. The third stage is to have a mist pad so the finer
droplets of liquid can collect and drop out. The fourth stage
is to have the gas stream run through a filtration system.

The filtration system

The filtration system removes any particulate matter from
the gas stream so as to not damage the screw compressor.
The suction filtration filters should have a minimum rating Gas Passes Through
of no larger than 10 to 20 , the smaller the better. If you
have iron oxide or coal dust in your system then it is recom-
Mist Pad
The Third Stage of Separation

mended no larger than 1 to 3 . If your filters keep getting

plugged up, that means they are working properly.
Filters are designed very differently and have maximum
differential pressure allowances. Be sure to check with your
filter supplier and never allow the differential pressure to ex-
ceed the maximum design for that filter. If it does exceed the
maximum, the filter could collapse and send particulate mat-
ter into your compressor to damage the rotors and bearings.
That is not good and normally will lead to excessive down-
time and a screw compressor rebuild or replacement. Filters
should be checked regularly for proper operation. Illustration by Kathy Buxkemper of PROS Co.
Once the gas passes through the separator and is head-
ed to the screw compressor it should be free of liquids and
particulate matter. This is not always the case with an open
ended natural gas application.

The temperature of the gas

This is where the gas analysis is required. The operating
temperature must be 10 to 20 above the highest dew point
in the gas stream. This will ensure that the gas variables
will stay in a vapor state and not liquefy. By keeping the gas
stream variables in vapor form, they will move out of the
system with the discharge gas. If any of the gas variables
liquefy and stay in the oil, they will dilute the oil and create
lubrication problems.
continued on page 28

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Prior to the gas stream entering the change in the type of oil will also come No well-balanced, preventative
screw compressor, it is mixed with the with a major change in the discharge maintenance program can be com-
oil. The oil serves multiple functions in oil separation system. plete without the incorporation of the
the screw compressor compression Regularly scheduled oil analysis is vibration analysis. Vibration analysis
process. It is the lubricant, sealant and the key to maintaining consistent oil can show the operator the existence
coolant. It will lubricate the bearings throughout the life cycle of the oil. Oil of an issue well before it becomes a
and other moving parts. In the screw analysis is the method for determining major problem.
compressor, there are very tight toler- the useful life cycle of the oil and com- In summary, a well-designed and
ances and the oil will act as the sealant pressor. By analyzing the components implemented preventative mainte-
between moving parts to create a seal in the oil you will be able to determine nance program will incorporate oil
for compression. As with any compres- problems before they become cata- analysis, vibration analysis and con-
sion process, heat is created and the oil strophic events. Oil analysis will point trol of the separation, filtration and
will help disperse the heat and remove you in the direction where issues need temperature of the screw compres-
it from the compression process to pre- to be addressed, whether they are ex- sor system. These factors will allow
vent excess heating. If the compressor cessive liquids in the oil (separation the operator to schedule downtime
has too much gap in the clearances be- and temperature) or too much particu- for maintenance and equipment ex-
tween the rotors and housing from ex- late matter (filtration). If there is a high changes, eliminating the midnight call
cessive wear or damage, the oil cannot metallic flag on the analysis, this may alerting the operator to a catastrophic
seal and there will be a loss in efficiency. tell you that the compressor is getting event. When all this is done properly,
After the compression process, the near the end of its life cycle, parts are the screw compressor will become a
oil and gas must be separated so the wearing out and that a rebuild or ex- very dependable and profitable asset
gas can be sent down line and the oil change needs to be scheduled. for natural gas production. CT2
can be reused. The oil must be kept
clean and free of foreign material,
whether it is liquid or particle, therefore
the importance of the discharge sepa- Coalescing And
ration system being designed properly
and well maintained. The discharge Filtration
system works similar to the suction gas
separation system with a more refined
The Fourth Stage of Separation

fourth stage of separation. On the dis-

charge separation system the filtration
is designed specifically for separating
the oil and gas. This is called a coalesc-
ing filtration system. The coalescing fil-
ter is designed for the separation of the
oil from the gas and will allow the oil to
return to the system. Coalescing filters
should not be rated for greater than 1 to
5 microns and should be checked reg-
ularly. In the opinion of the author, the
smaller the better. This will prevent ac-
Illustration by Kathy Buxkemper of PROS Co.

cumulation of particulate matter in the

oil and damaging bearings over time.
The oil is the life fluid of the screw
compressor package. Selection of the
right type of oil for your application
is very important. Please consult a
trusted oil supplier to get the right kind
of oil for your application. If the screw
compressor package is designed for
petroleum-based oil and a decision
is made to change to synthetic-based
oil, you could experience many prob-
lems, because the discharge sys-
tem was not designed for the lighter
synthetic oils. Be aware that a major

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Pin Nonreversals > Operators should be alert to
risky operating conditions
By Dwayne A. Hickman

any operators of reciprocating compressors are crankshaft can be converted to linear motion of the piston.
very familiar with safety issues related to unit per- While the pin may appear to fit snugly, it must have some
formance, such as high pressures and high tem- clearance around it so that lubrication oil can prevent metal
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tive and complex. These issues become especially cumber- pin nonreversals may occur.
some to manage when dealing with higher-speed units due Pin reversal calculations and concepts can quickly be-
to their potential for operating over a very wide speed range. come complex, but the basic thing to keep in mind is that
For example, if a high-speed unit is rated at 1200 rpm, its the clearance between the pin and the connecting rod (Fig-
driver may be able to vary speed to the compressor across ures 1, 1A) changes sides as the piston moves out from
a range of 900 to 1200 rpm. Within that range, 900 to 1075 the frame, stops, and then moves back towards the frame.
rpm may be safe, from 1075 to 1100 rpm may be unsafe If the side with the clearance does not change (Figure 2),
as determined by the OEM, and from 1100 to 1200 rpm then little to no lubrication fluid can be introduced between
may be safe again. Thus, even if your OEM or packager the two metal parts. And when metal rubs against metal, the
had checked high (1200 rpm), medium (1050 rpm), and low resulting friction forces will lead to increased temperatures
(900 rpm) speeds, they would have not identified the subset extremely fast.
of unsafe speeds. The only way to get from 900 to 1200 rpm continued on page 34
is to traverse through the 1075 to 1100
rpm range.
The fundamental mechanical issue
related to pin nonreversal is ultimately
just a lubrication issue. That is, proper
lubrication of the pin that connects the
connecting rod to the crosshead as-
sembly so that the rotating motion of the

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has been in the reciprocating compressor n Figure 1. The clearance gap between pin and connecting rod switches sides when the
industry for the last 15 years. piston changes direction.

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When forces act in the direction that stretches the rod,
they are called tension forces, while forces acting to com-
press the rod are called compression forces. To have any
degrees of pin reversal during a complete revolution, the
forces on the pin must reverse at least once between com-
pression and tension. This always happens when only the
inertia forces are considered (magenta curve in Figure 4).
However, since the cylinder is usually sealed and com-
pressing gas, the internal gas forces can make a good situ-
ation better, or a good situation bad.

n Figure 1A. This cutaway shows the crosshead pin referenced in

Figures 1 and 2.

n Figure 3. This chart displays 170 of pin reversal, with max tension
about 56% of max compression. All forces are within their limits (green
lines). This throws pin loading forces indicate safe operation here.

n Figure 2. The clearance gap does not switch sides when piston
changes direction.

OEMs typically specify at least two constraints when set-

ting safety limits based on pin reversals. First, each throw
must have a sufficient number of degrees of pin reversal.
The second constraint is that opposite forces (compression
vs. tension) must be sufficient to ensure that when operat-
ing in the face of real-world phenomenon like pulsations, n Figure 4. This chart shows about 40 of reversal, but only about
dynamic pressure drops and valve wear, the predicted 3% opposite forces. Most OEMs would identify this as a condition
amount of pin reversal should be realized. where unit operations are not permitted.
API618 section 6.6.4 states that the minimum degrees
of pin reversal range from 15 to 45, depending on For the engineers and programmers, inertia forces are
bushing designs. Most OEMs require at least 30, and readily calculated by the following equation:
some require at least 60.
API618 section 6.6.4 also states that during one crank-
shaft revolution, at least 3% magnitude is required of Here, U represents the degree of crank angle and WRE-
opposing forces, and as high as 20% magnitude de- CIP is the sum of the combined weight of the piston and
pending of bushing design. Most OEMs require at least rod assembly and the crosshead assembly for the throw
15%, and some require as high as 25%. being considered. (Note: No portion of the connection rod
When calculating the degrees of pin reversal, the internal weight is included in these calculations those additional
dynamic gas pressures are applied to the outside piston weights get used in other calculations such as torsional
faces exposed within the head end and crank end portions forces. Equation also omits unbalanced rotating weights.
of the cylinder. These results are then applied when deter- Units used are inches and pounds.)
mining the effective gas forces acting on the pin via the pis- Additionally, Internal Gas Forces are based on the equation:
ton rod (e.g. blue curve shown in Figure 3). Additionally, the
weights of the piston and rod assembly plus the crosshead
assembly contribute inertia forces acting on the same pin The sum () is across all cylinders on the throw being
(e.g. magenta curve shown in Figure 3). Those two forces considered (e.g. in cases were tandem cylinders are used).
are combined to give the net forces acting on the pin (e.g. The head end (HE) and crank end (CE) pressures are in
black curve shown in Figure 3). continued on page 36

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Actual prediction of specific head end and crank end in- knows which ones are safe and which ones are unsafe.
ternal pressures (PressHE(u) and PressCE (u)) during the Convolute this with the thermodynamic modeling needed
compression cycle depend on current line pressures, gas for the gas pressure calculations and you can potentially
temperatures, unit geometry, valves, pressure drops, gas slow down even a fast desktop PC. And as for PLCs, the
being compressed, unit operating speed, and a few other slowdown would be completely unacceptable. Most PLCs
items. OEMs develop their own unique approach for mod- do not consider pin nonreversal issues as they control the
eling these internal pressures, albeit most are very simi- unit. And this omission is not good.
lar. Figure 5 and 6 show some typical internal pressures Fortunately, pin nonreversal issues are not that common,
(known as pressure-volume and pressure-time diagrams). especially when the packager or OEM size the compressor
The compression (suction to discharge) and expansion frame and cylinders to best meet your operating require-
(discharge to suction) sections follow the thermodynamic ments. In general, pin nonreversals tend to happen when a
rules for the gas being compressed, are exponential, and crank end is deactivated or significantly unloaded via added
tend to be very consistent across the OEMs. The discharge clearance volume, or when tandem cylinders are used and
and suction valve open events tend to vary a bit more be- one of the tandem cylinders is double acting, or when small-
tween OEMs (based on valve designs, passageways, valve bore, high-pressure cylinders are used.
porting, liner restrictions, piston masking). Unfortunately, because high-speed units typically allow for
more significant speed turndown, high-speed units are poten-
tially more susceptible to pin nonreversals. Also, due to industry
changes in lubrication fluids to meet environmental needs,
some slow-speed units that survived running units near or at
pin nonreversal areas in the past may now have problems. Fi-
nally, the number of degrees of pin reversals can change quick-
ly with pressures changes and speed changes (Figure 7).

n Figure 5. PV diagram: blue = head end pressures, magenta =

crank end pressures.

n Figure 7. Degrees of pin reversal can fall quickly shown above

falling from 180 down to about 40 when suction pressure varies
only about 50 psig (3.4 bar) in some areas.

Thus, severe compressor-based dangers can lurk quietly

n Figure 6. PT diagram: blue = head end pressures, magenta = and then suddenly wreck a unit with little warning. Coding
crank end pressures. these unsafe areas into a PLC can be a challenge since
prediction of unsafe areas is nontrivial (Figure 8). Fortunate-
Since the results from both equations are required to de- ly, there are some reasonable options available for dealing
termine the effective forces at the crosshead pin, whenever with potential pin nonreversal concerns: real-time online
any condition of the unit changes (suction pressure, dis- measuring systems, and preventative performance control.
charge pressure, suction gas temperature, speed or load One option is to install real-time internal pressure sensors.
step) these forces must be recalculated. API Standard 618, Once calibrated, correctly installed and programmed to each
Fifth Edition (2007) section 6.6.3, requires checking these in throws appropriate reciprocating weights, these devices
at most 5 increments. If we had a six-throw unit, we would continued on page 38

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nonreversal issues, these real-time systems can often react
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Another option is to actually prevent unit operations of a
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or adjust pressures to avoid letting the unit damage itself.
OEM performance software determines safe and unsafe
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pressures, temperatures, and gas thermodynamics. A con-
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operating map and develop reasonable constraint equations n Figure 8. Unlike gas rod loads, discharge temperatures, and low
to prevent operations at undesired conditions. volumetric efficiencies, the predictability of where unsafe areas ex-
For packagers, operators, and owners concerned with the ist due to pin nonreversals is not a trivial task.
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drive MVG, a medium-volt- pressure vertical pumps products, technology and That pump range includes
age, variable-frequency AC that combine a diffusor application areas. The com- compact horizontal, process
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ratings up to 10 MW. The outer case. The literature of pumps, such as progress- horizontal molded thermo-
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new induction or synchro- construction details of the ible pumps, and rotary lobe chined thermoplastic, and
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pump products to serve the split-case pumps, verti- sizes, as well as a wide se- the companys capabilities,
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Mexicos Growing
Thirst > Rise in Mexican gas consumption bodes well for U.S. By Brent Haight

he Energy Information Adminis-
tration (EIA) released its Short
Term Energy Outlook in March.
The report highlights a rise in natu-
ral gas consumption in Mexico which
is great news for its closest neighbor,
which currently sits atop a glut of gas.
According to EIAs report, U.S. nat-
ural gas exports to Mexico grew by
24% to 1.69 Bcfd (47.8 x 106 m3/d) in
2012, the highest level since the data

Source: EIA
collection began in 1973. With imports
now accounting for over 30% of its to-
tal supply, Mexicos natural gas use is
also at its highest level ever.
Natural gas consumption is ris-
ing faster in Mexico than natural gas
production, and as a result, Mexico
is relying more on natural gas im-
ports from the United States. Be-
tween 2007 and 2011, natural gas
consumption in Mexico rose 4% per
year on average, while average an-
nual natural gas production climbed
only 1.2%. Growing demand in the
industrial sector drove the increases

Source: EIA
in natural gas consumption in Mexi-
co to a record-high level in 2011, ac-
cording to Petrleos Mexicanos (PE-
MEX) the state-run oil and natural
gas producer in Mexico. Bcfd (99.1 8 x 106 m3/d) of additional Although Mexico has vast natural
The EIA report shows that pipeline export capacity to Mexico, doubling gas reserves, it hasnt been able to
shipments from Texas to Mexico be- the existing capacity. develop them quickly enough to meet
tween 2009 and 2012 rose 34% on One such project was announced the countrys consumption, which has
average per year to 1.3 Bcfd (36.8 x in February. Houston-based NET been climbing at four times the pace
106 m3/d), which was about 75% of the Midstream announced plans build a of overall economic growth at times in
U.S. natural gas exports to Mexico in 124 mile (200 km) pipeline to trans- the past decade.
2012. Most of the U.S. exports to Mex- port natural gas from the Eagle Ford This additional capacity would
ico departed the country from Hidalgo Shale region to the Mexican border. serve an expected increase in natu-
County in southwest Texas, where the The deal is anchored by a long-term ral gas demand from Mexicos elec-
supplies were likely coming from the agreement to transport 2.1 Bcfd tric power sector. Mexico plans to
Eagle Ford play. (59.4 x 106 m3/d) with MGI Supply, a add about 28 GW of new electric
Several U.S. pipeline export proj- subsidiary of Mexicos state-owned generating capacity between 2012
ects that could support additional nat- gas company. NET Midstreams sub- and 2027, mostly in northern Mex-
ural gas exports to Mexico have been sidiary, NET Mexico Pipeline LP, will ico, according to Comisin Federal
announced. According to company re- build the 42 in. (106 cm) pipeline from de Electricidad (CFE) Mexicos
leases, these projects are expected to a hub in Agua Dulce in Nueces Coun- state-run electricity provider. CFE
be completed by the end of 2014 and, ty to a point near Rio Grande City in estimates that this could raise natu-
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Yemen, although the vast majority
of its natural gas imports continue to
come from the United States.
The bulk of Mexicos LNG imports
over 90% in 2011 arrive at the
Altamira plant in Tamaulipas state,
on Mexicos northeastern coast. The
plant, which has a capacity of 500
MMcfd (14 x 106 m3/d), received its
first LNG cargo in August 2006. CFE,
the state-owned electricity monopoly,
Source: EIA

has signed a 15-year contract to pur-

chase the entire volume of natural gas
received at the terminal.
Mexico has two operational LNG re-
by 5.1 Bcfd (144 x 106 m3/d). This ral gas reserves. The EIA estimates gasification terminals besides Altamira.
level of growth would likely require that Mexico has 680 Tcf of natural The Costa Azul terminal near Ensena-
increased natural gas imports from gas including the worlds fourth larg- da, on Baja California, began receiving
the United States. est reserves of shale gas. LNG in 2008. It is operated by Sempra
Looking at the difference between EIA reports list Mexico as the worlds Energy. The current send-out capacity
demand and local production high- seventh biggest oil producer. State- of the plant is about 1 Bcfd (28 x 106
lights the need for increased imports. owned PEMEX has a monopoly of all m3/d). Most of the natural gas imported
BPs Statistical Review of World En- Mexicos exploration and production at Costa Azul supplies domestic cus-
ergy (June 2012) reported Mexicos and has prioritized oil over gas produc- tomers in northwest Mexico.
demand for natural gas in 2011 av- tion. Add to that the fact that PEMEX A new LNG import terminal at the port
eraged 6.7 Bcfd (189 x 106 m3/d). In also consumes up to 40% of natural of Manzanillo, also on the Pacific coast,
2012 demand increased to 7.8 Bcfd gas production for oil recovery in its reportedly began initial operations in
(220 x 106 m3/d) according to PEMEX aging heavy oil fields effectively re- 2012. However, Mexican government
largely driven by higher gas fired moving it from the market and reducing data do not cite significant LNG flows
power generation burn to meet the available supplies and we see why into Manzanillo as of September 2012.
countrys growing industrial sectors Mexicos natural gas imports are rising. According to industry reports, LNG sup-
electricity needs. Before 2006, almost all of Mexicos plies for the Manzanillo plant will come
By contrast, domestic natural natural gas imports came from the from Peru under a long-term contract.
gas production has fallen in Mexico United States. More recently, Mexico The plant was built by a consortium of
since 2009 and it fell again by nearly has diversified its supply sources by Mitsui, Korea Gas Corp., and Samsung,
5% in 2012. This declining produc- importing liquefied natural gas from with an initial capacity of 500 MMcfd
tion has come in spite of huge natu- Nigeria, Qatar, Indonesia, Peru, and (14 x 106 m3/d). CT2


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For MAN > Swiss magnetic-bearing specialist will continue
independent operations

That is why, in 2005, MAN began

developing high-speed, variable fre-
quency electric motors and introduced
them in the market in 2010.
The Mecos acquisition has been a
further step in the same direction, Lau-
ber said. We started a very close coop-
eration in 2005 and since 2011 we have
on our test bed in Zurich a 24,000 hp (18
MW) motor compressor (Mopico) run-
ning on Mecos AMB. The radial bear-
ings feature a 10.5 in. (270 mm) internal
diameter and a 5850 lb. (26 kN) capac-
ity while the axial thrust bearing has an
18,000 lb. (80 kN) capacity.
Alfons Traxler founded Mecos in 1988
with the specific intention of develop-
ing AMB, Lsch said. The company
achieved the first application of AMB
on a 671 hp (500 kW) turboexpander
in 1993.
Volume production of AMB for laser
power systems began in 1997. Sys-
tems for the high-vacuum pump indus-
n This compressor end cover shows a Mecos radial active try were introduced in 2010. Mecos now
magnetic bearing. has three AMB lines: small ones for
powers up to 135 hp (100 kW), medium
ones up to 1340 hp (1 MW) and the
large ones to 26,800 hp (20 MW).
Although MAN acquired 100% of

ittle has changed for the Swiss more and more oriented to the use Mecos, Lsch said the company would
magnetic bearing company of high-speed, electric-motor-driven continue to operate independently in
Mecos since MAN Diesel & compressors for ecologic reasons its traditional market segments. It will
Turbo acquired it last May except (noise and atmospheric emissions) keep the name and logo that its cus-
for increased coordination with its and the use of active magnetic bear- tomers recognize.
new owner. ings (AMB). The latter not only en- Lauber said if other compressor man-
COMPRESSORtech2 recently in- able machinery to reduce emissions ufacturers wanted to develop projects
terviewed Uwe Lauber, CEO of MAN because they do not require a lube with Mecos, MAN would not considered
Diesel & Turbo Schweiz, of Zurich, oil system, but also extend the mean it a problem. As previously stated we
and Florian Lsch, CEO of Mecos, in time between overhauls (MTBO). have our own electric motor line, but we
Winterthur, Switzerland. Lauber said the market offers motors continue to buy electric motors from the
Lauber said MANs strategic acqui- designed for maximum efficiency that marketplace, and just to mention one
sition of Mecos reflected its philoso- can be used in sealed compressors name, from Siemens, Lauber said.
phy of having in-house all of the key handling mid and downstream clean Lauber said it is important for MAN
components needed to further devel- gas. But in upstream applications, when to have the magnetic bearing technol-
op its centrifugal compressors used in the compressor is handling untreated ogy in-house so that its teams of com-
the oil and gas industry. wellhead gas (dirty and/or sour), reli- pressor and motor specialists can work
He said future orders would be ability is more important than efficiency. continued on page 48

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our main facility in Zurich, so we have oil and gas industry, but in perspec-
face-to-face collaboration, he said. tive, magnetic bearings also can be
Lauber said MANs philosophy be- of interest to other MAN businesses
hind acquisitions is to maintain the such as diesel engines or gears.
management and the team of spe- Mecos personnel focus on engi-
cialists of the company unchanged neering and electronics. Coil windings
in order to maximize the results of are outsourced to long-term partners
the deal. Personnel are the core of a operating in the area that have been
company, he said. selected for their quality standards.

n Large Mecos active magnetic bearings

have been checked on this compressor
test stand at MANs Zurich plant.

The final assembly of the bear-

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the final tests. All electronic compo-
nents are tested for at least six hours
to discover possible early failures.
Functional tests are followed by en-
durance tests that include power and
temperature cycling.
For the large AMB systems, Mecos
has developed a nine-channel control
cabinet that allows simultaneous con-
trol of both the compressor (also in a
tandem configuration) and its electric
motor drive. The system, as well as

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Compliance testing and tuning sor and the motor drive, guarantees
faster tuning and simplifies the motor-
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When the bearings must operate in
Superior performance for state and a wet or sour gas environment, sensor
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without touching the sensor itself.
Wireless operation simple data collection Mecos engineers commission of
Rugged construction individual AMB systems although
in some cases (for bulk supplies)
the customer may commission units
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Are Hot > Coal gasification plant uses hybrid
pumps to handle gas liquor
By Sabine Mhlenkamp

n A performance test is being conducted on a KWP

pump destined for use in the new coal gasification
plant in the east Indian state of Odisha.

Credit: KSB Aktiengesellschaft

n the light of limited gas and oil re- (domestic) coal of inferior quality can be which coal is converted to synthesis
serves, coal is experiencing a renais- converted to syngas, hence reducing gas by means of partial oxidation with
sance as a raw material. In countries dependence on imported oil. steam and oxygen. The process takes
such as India, China, and Indonesia, The same trend is taking hold in In- place at high pressure and tempera-
as well as in Malaysia and Australia, dia, too, where Jindal Steel & Power ture. Seven fixed-bed pressure gasifi-
coal gasification in particular has been is building a coal gasification plant to ers and the requisite downstream gas
receiving lots of attention of late as a obtain synthesis gas for producing conditioning and desulfurization pro-
process that yields synthesis gas (syn- pig iron. Measuring upwards of 7.72 cesses are currently being installed. A
gas) for use in fuelling diverse facilities. sq.mi. (20 km2), the site has room for total capacity of 7.9 MMcfh (225,000
The primary advantage is that even an air separation plant, coal-pressure Nm/h) of synthesis gas is being tar-
gasifiers, a power plant and the steel geted for the downstream direct re-
Sabine Mhlenkamp is a chemical engi- mill itself plus all the requisite infra- duced iron (DRI) process that yields
neer working as a journalist in Karlsruhe, structure. The core components of the pig iron.
Germany. the process are the coal gasifiers, in continued on page 54

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n Designed for use in a gasification plant, this cutaway shows the interior of a
special nonclogging impeller pump type RPKx 150-400.

tem, Wallner said. Specially designed Process with perspectives
pumps were needed for handling the
Altogether, 149 plants with a to-
gas liquor, because they have to last
tal of 430 gasifiers are in service
at least 15 years, despite the harsh
service conditions. around the world, producing near-
ly 80.5 million hp (60,000 MW)
Handle with care Reliability required worth of synthesis gas, with other
The process demands peak perfor- Thanks to years of experience with plants coming online all the time.
mance from the plant and equipment, similar projects in South Africa, KSB
While the synthesis gas produced
the dimensions of which are accord- is familiar with the application param-
in Angul, Odisha, India is used for
ingly huge. Each pressure gasifier, for eters, the company said. The process
example, is nearly 13.1 ft. (4 m) in diam- is heavily dependent on the employed making pig iron, pressurised coal
eter. Temperatures of 1832F (1000C) grade of coal, and coal can vary wide- gasification is also used in fuel
inside the reactor and as high as 932F ly in composition, depending on its production in coal-to-liquid plants,
(500C) on the outside surface are just origin. This factor must be kept in mind and for power generation in in-
the face of the challenge. when designing the process and the
tegrated gasification combined-
The real problem for components components to ensure that each and
cycle (IGCC) power stations. The
like the pumping systems is the com- every solution is specifically appropri-
bination of abrasive, aggressive and ate to the task. latter technology is generating
corrosive constituents in the gas li- In the present case, the pumps are a lots of interest because it produc-
quor, said Thomas Wallner, a Pegnitz, hybrid type comprising the best traits of es electricity in a more ecological-
Bavaria, Germany-based KSB project the RPK volute casing pumps and KWP ly viable manner than in conven-
engineer who has been on the project nonclogging impeller pumps. Each has
tional pulverized coal-fired plants.
since the start. The fluids can contain a Norichrom wear plate and double me-
In addition, the environmentally
particles of coal measuring up to 0.23 chanical seals. Describing the specific
to 0.31 in. (6 to 8 mm) across and ac- properties of KSBs favored material for relevant CO2 can be captured at
count for as much as 10% by weight. the application, Wallner said, This KSB low cost. Finally, pressurized coal
This combination imposes particu- cast material is unbeatable in terms of gasification plays a major role in
larly stringent demands on the choice resistance to wear and corrosion. the production of biofuels.
of materials and the design of the sys- continued on page 56

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Details of the pressurised coal
gasification process
Lumpy coal and other solid fuels can be gasified
in counter-current fixed-bed pressure gasifiers. The
vertical cylindrical reactor has an external water
jacket. The coal is fed into the gasifier from above,
while oxygen and steam are blown in from below.
A rotating grate ensures uniform distribution of the
coal. The coal is dried and the gases desorbed in the
upper part of the gasifier.
The reaction takes place at the next lower level,
where high temperatures and pressures act on the
coal in a reducing atmosphere to produce synthesis
gas consisting of CO, H2 and small amounts of CO2
and methane. Gas purification and desulfurization
Credit: KSB Aktiengesellschaft

equipment is needed.
The main advantages of this method are its reliabil-
ity, relatively low initial cost and long-term operational
reliability. Moreover, coal of inferior quality can be gas-
ified. The only drawback is that the raw gas contains
n A simplified cutaway shows the interior of coal- tar and the throughput is limited by the maximum di-
pressure gasifier.
mensions of the gasifiers. The only way to increase
the capacity is to install additional gasifiers. New ap-
The entire process runs constantly proaches, however, are already being developed.
in a potentially explosive atmosphere.
The KSB pumps need to be reliable to
keep the pressure gasifiers from fail-
ing, which is why specially developed would tend to become so homoge- the pumps motors and the inverters
auxiliary shaft seal systems offering neously distributed at elevated rota- and provided EMC effects, Wallner
increased redundancy are provided. tional speeds that they could no lon- said. The job of connecting the alu-
The KWPK nonclogging scrubber ger be separated out, Wallner said. minium cables also posed a challenge
pumps installed further downstream KSB pumps also serve in the down- because they have much larger cross-
have to contend with enormous loads. stream subprocesses. Altogether, 40 sections than the customary European
Consequently, they are made of cast KSB pumps are employed in the core copper cables.
steel and particularly wear-resistant process, and another 60 units in such
modified duplex Noridur DAS instead of peripheral processes as coal handling, Plenty of potential
grey cast iron. This type of pump is nor- air separation and coolant circulation in Coal gasification has plenty of po-
mally built to pressure class PN10, but the DRI process. The pumps nominal tential, and opens up new perspectives
the KSB engineers extended the range diameters range from DN 65 to DN 350. independent of fossil gas and oil as the
by modifying their design and materi- prevalent energy sources. To be cost-
als. The process high solids content is Sole source effective, the relevant facilities must
not only hard on the materials, but also In addition to supplying the pumps operate uninterruptedly for years on
means that the pumps hydraulic sys- and the auxiliary systems, the Peg- end. That, in turn, calls for robust, reli-
tems and geometry, particularly of the nitz-based specialists were also re- able systems consisting not only of the
impellers, had to be carefully fine-tuned sponsible for sizing and selecting the pumps themselves, but also of things
to the job. Moreover, all pumps had to motors and frequency inverters. For like frequency inverters and mechani-
have as much free passage as possible example, ambient temperatures of cal seals. The first few pumps demon-
and impart as little shear as possible to around 122F (50C) made it neces- strated their reliability on KSBs own
the pumped fluid. sary to install the inverters in air-con- test rigs in Pegnitz, and were delivered
The gas liquor contains sulfur and ditioned cabinets away from the plant, in April 2011, with the entire plant com-
ammonia as well as dissolved oils that which put 1476 ft. (450 m) between missioned that same year. CT2

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Wrtsil Pumps
It Up > Company providing 43 pumps for
Norwegian Sea-bound FSU
By Brent Haight

n Wrtsils Svanehj range of electrically driven

deep-well pumps can be delivered according to API
610 standards.

rtsil Hamworthy Ltd. will served as operator for the exploration tance of roughly 870 mi. (1400 km).
supply a series of pumps to and development phase. A total of 76 Delivery of the Wrtsil equipment
be installed on a new floating wells are planned on the main field, in- is scheduled for February 2014.
storage unit (FSU) being built by Sam- cluding 51 producers, 24 water injec- The order includes 38 deep-well
sung Heavy Industries in South Korea tors and one gas injector. cargo pumps produced by Wrtsil,
for Statoil. When completed, the FSU Gas from Heidrun is piped to Tjeld- at Wrtsil Svanehj in Denmark,
will be located on the Heidrun oil and bergodden in mid-Norway and pro- three fire water pump skids and two
gas field in the Norwegian Sea. vides the feedstock for Statoils meth- ballast pumps. The latter items are
The Heidrun field has been produc- anol plant there. The field is also tied produced by Wrtsil, at Wrtsil
ing oil and gas since October 1995 to the sgard Transport system. Heid- Pumps in Singapore.
from a floating tension leg platform run gas is piped through this trunkline The 2012 acquisition of Hamwor-
with a concrete hull. Heidrun was dis- to Krst north of Stavanger and on thy added years of experience and
covered in 1985 by Conoco, which to Dornum in Germany a total dis- continued on page 60

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Unusual PD Pump Pulsation
Solutions > Pulsations in piping systems can cause
serious problems that sometimes require
creative solutions
By Eugene Broerman III and Sarah Simons

Editors comment: This article first appeared in the No- A more unusual pulsation suppression device is a low-pass
vember 2012 issue. It is being reprinted because of errors that acoustic filter. The low pass filter consists of one large volume
occurred in the graphics during production, which now have split into two or more volumes connected with an internal choke
been corrected. We apologize for any confusion these errors tube (Figure 2) or two volumes connected with an external
may have caused. choke tube (Figure 3). The low pass filter attenuates frequen-
cies above the filter response frequency (Hicks and Grant,

coustic pulsations are not as frequent or common a 1979). The concept is analogous to a low-pass electrical filter
source of vibrations or dynamics problems in plung- or mechanical system where the volumes are springs and the
er pumps or other liquid pumping systems as they choke tube is a mass (Blodgett, 1998).
are for gas piping systems. For single-acting positive displacement pumps, the response
However, when resonant pulsations do develop in a liquid frequency of the acoustic filter needs to be placed below the
pumping system they tend to be higher in amplitude and first pump running order (pump speed/60 times the number of
can cause more severe problems (e.g. cavitation) than in plungers) to filter out all acoustic piping frequencies that may
gas piping systems (Heveron, 1978). Therefore it is very coincide with a pump running order. For low speed pumps or
important to have effective pulsation suppression solutions. pumps with a large speed range, sizing the acoustic filter vol-
One common pulsation suppression device is a gas-liquid umes to ensure that the response frequency is below the first
dampener (Figure 1). A gas-liquid dampener consists of a liq- pump running order often results in very large volumes that
uid volume and a gas-filled bladder precharged to a fixed per- are unrealistic to install at the pump flange. For that reason,
centage of line pressure. The precharged gas creates a rela- this type of pulsation control device is most feasible for higher
tively large effective liquid volume to absorb pulsations. The speed pumps and/or multiplunger pumps (where the first pump
gas volume acts as a spring compressing and expanding with running order is at generally 5 Hz or higher and therefore small-
line pressure changes and acts as a flow-smoothing device. er chamber volumes are needed) and/or onshore applications
This type of pulsation device is best for use in applica- that have the space necessary for large volumes.
tions that have little space for the dampener because it is a Acoustic filters need to be carefully sized and designed,
small device that has an equivalent volume many times the continued on page 64
size of an all-liquid volume. A detailed discussion of various
types of dampeners and how they work is given by Wachel
and Price (1988).

Eugene (Buddy) Broerman III is a senior research engineer in

the fluid machinery systems section at Southwest Research In-
stitute (SwRI) in San Antonio, Texas. He has performed many
acoustic analyses of machinery piping systems for compres-
sors and pumps. He also has been a principal contributor in
the research and development of advanced pulsation con-
trol system prototypes and other pulsation related research.
Sarah Simons is a scientist in the SwRI fluid machinery sys-
tems section. She also has performed many acoustic and
thermal analyses of complex existing and new machinery pip-
ing systems, and currently is involved in pulsation research.
This article is based on a paper the authors presented at the
recent Gas Machinery Conference in Austin, Texas. For more n Figure 1. This sketch shows a typical
information, contact the authors at eugene.broerman@swri.org gas-liquid dampener.
or sarah.simons@swri.org.

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n Figures 2 (left) and 3 (right). These are examples of single volume and
two volume all liquid acoustic filters.

because they have internal choke tube responses that will charge operating pressure range that varied from 696.2 to
have the effect of passing relatively discrete, unattenuated 4550 psig (48 to 314 barg). The suction pressure was fixed
frequencies into the attached piping system. Therefore, it is at 36.3 psig (2.5 barg). The installed gas-liquid dampener
important to model the filter and attached piping system with for each existing pump had a gas volume of two liters and
a computer simulation tool to ensure that the pass band fre- was precharged to 80% of 4003 psig (276 barg).
quencies do not cause problems in the piping system (McK-
ee and Broerman, 2009). Because of the design complex- Duplex Pump Details Operating Conditions
ity and space requirements, acoustic filters are rarely used;
however, they are an ideal solution in many cases since they
2 Parallel Pumps 50.7 psig (3.50 barg)
are maintenance free and extremely effective. (Plunger) Suction Pressure

Unusual application of a gas-liquid dampener 80F (26.7C)

2 Plungers Per Pump
Two positive-displacement duplex methanol pumps oper- Suction Temperature
ating in parallel in the same discharge piping system were
experiencing small-piping connection failures and high vi- 700 to 4550 psig (48 to 314 barg)
1.65 in. Bore (4.19 cm)
brations even with a gas-liquid dampener installed. The du- Discharge Pressure
plex pumps are described in Table 1.
A field study (Figure 4) measured approximately 225 psi 140F (60C)
4.72 in. Stroke (12.0 cm)
(15.5 bar) pk-pk pulsation amplitudes, which could equate Discharge Temperature
to 4086 N of shaking force, in the main 2 in. (50.8 mm) line
170 rpm 11 gpm (3 m3/hr)
for the pumps operating at a fixed speed of 170 rpm.
The operating company wanted to install two additional n Table 1.
triplex pumps operating in parallel with the existing duplex
pumps. Before installation of the new pumps, the company The operating company also wanted to install two new
requested a pulsation analysis of the existing duplex pumps positive-displacement triplex pumps operating in parallel
to eliminate the current pulsation problem and a preventative in the same piping system with the existing duplex pumps.
pulsation analysis of future triplex pumps to ensure effective Before installing the new pumps, the operating company
attenuation of any excessive or undesirable pulsations. requested a solution for better pulsation control.
The unusual problem this station had was a large dis- continued on page 66

n Figure 4. Field study data is given for duplex methanol pumps. Note: High 1x = possible
valve leakage; unclear if dampener was correctly precharged when data was taken.

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n Figure 5. Tables show
pulsation reduction data.

Since this was an offshore installation, there was not Unusual pulsation control device
enough space for an all-liquid filter for pulsation control. Eight positive-displacement triplex pumps operating in
Pressure pulsations can often be significantly reduced parallel at 303 rpm as described in Table 2 were experi-
by the use of an orifice plate; however, orifice plates encing high suction and discharge piping vibrations and
alone were not effective enough. Using a gas-liquid failures of discharge vessel drain connections and gussets.
dampener was determined to be the best solution for The discharge side of these pumps had a single three-
pulsation control. chamber vessel acoustic filter installed that was inade-
When choosing a dampener size, the large pressure quately designed. A field study of one of the eight pumps
range of this system had to be taken into account. To deter- captured a measurement of 27 mils p-p at 15 Hz (first pump
mine the optimal size, an understanding of how and when a running order) at the discharge valve flange and 19 mils p-p
dampener is effective is needed. When the precharge pres- at 15 Hz at the discharge recycle valve.
sure of a dampener is greater than line pressure (which was The vibration severity chart in Figure 6 shows a graph
the case for most of the pressure range with the installed with acceptable and danger or correction levels of vibration
dampeners), the dampener is ineffective. Gas-liquid damp- at each frequency; the vibration measurements observed
eners typically close off when the line pressure drops below during the field study are plotted on the chart. Each of those
the dampener precharge to keep from failing the bladder two measurements was in the correction range of the chart.
inside the dampener. The discharge vessel outlet piping pulsations were mea-
When the precharge pressure is less than line pressure sured to be 58 psig (4 barg) p-p at 15 Hz. This raised safety
the liquid pressure compresses the bladder in the dampener. and reliability concerns and SwRI was contacted to help
This decreases the gas volume, and therefore the effective improve the system vibrations such that the piping failures
volume, directly in proportion to the increase in line pressure continued on page 68
per the ideal gas law. Thus, if the gas-liquid dampener is pre-
charged to the lowest pressure in a large range, the highest
Triplex Pump Details Operating Conditions
pressure could compress the bladder too much, such that
the bladder ruptures and/or the equivalent volume of gas in
the bladder is too small to be effective. 8 Parallel Pumps 160 psig (11 barg)
Given the wide pressure range for this application, 696.2 (Plunger) Suction Pressure
to 4550 psig (48 to 314 barg), it was determined two gas-
80F (26.7C)
liquid dampeners were needed. One 1.3 gal. (3.5 L) damp- 3 Plungers Per Pump
Suction Temperature
ener precharged to 80% of the lowest operating pressure
would be open when operating over the lower half of the 3000 psig (207 barg)
pressure range 696.2 to 2103 psig (48 to 145 barg). At 2.25 in. Bore (5.7 cm)
Discharge Pressure
2103 psig (145 barg), the 0.9 gal. (3.5 L) dampener was
less effective, so a 1.3 gal. (5 L) dampener precharged to 140F (60C)
80% of 2103 psig (145 barg) would provide pulsation con- 5 in. Stroke (12.7 cm)
Discharge Temperature
trol for the upper half of the operating pressure range 2103
to 4550 psig (145 to 314 barg). Figure 5 shows the pulsation 303 rpm 75 gpm (17 m3/hr)
reduction data predictions for the new triplex pumps operat-
ing at 140 rpm. n Table 2.

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n Figure 6. This chart shows vibration severity.

pressure drop than the existing filter. The original pulsation

filter reduced the pressure by 100.1 psi (6.9 bar), which was
approximately 17.4 psi (1.2 bar) above the pressure drop
associated with the recommended vessel.
The client initially installed the new acoustic filter on only
one pump to verify its effectiveness at attenuating pulsations
in the piping system. After installation of this new design, the
client was so pleased with the system that they installed the
new filter on all eight pump discharge piping systems.
will no longer occur. By designing a better pulsation control
device, the cause of the vibrations was significantly reduced. Conclusion
When SwRI analyzed the existing acoustic filter (Figure Pulsations in piping systems can cause serious problems
7) to determine why it was ineffectively attenuating pulsa- that sometimes require creative or unusual solutions. Add-
tions in the system, it was noted that the resonant frequency ing two or more gas-liquid dampeners when operating over
of the existing acoustic filter was not placed below the first a large pressure range or using an acoustic filter when a
pump running order. This was seen in the high amplitude maintenance free solution is needed can solve unusual
response of the first running order in the field data. Also, the pulsation problems that are not sufficiently attenuated with
existing pulsation bottle had multiple pass band frequencies typical solutions.
associated with its multiple choke tubes. It is best practice It is very important when sizing dampeners to understand
to minimize the number of frequencies that the filter will the acoustics and filtering properties of each specific type
pass (not attenuate) into the attached piping system. of dampener to ensure pulsations are adequately damped
SwRI designed a larger diameter single-volume, two- and to avoid making costly mistakes.
chamber acoustic filter as shown in Figure 8 with lower continued on page 70

n Figure 7. The original, ineffective acoustic

filter design is shown.

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such as ethane, propane, butane, hexane, etc., are present.

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plug fires is rather complex. Because it is rare for a complete

CATALYSTS site specific chemical breakdown of the hydrocarbons in the

exhaust to be available, a simplifying assumption is made that
the hydrocarbons survive to be emitted in the same proportion
A Handbook for the User as they exist in the fuel gas. From this information, the required
conversion efficiency for each species will be made so that the
Part 22 More Sizing Details, Hydrocarbons catalyst will hit the permitted emissions.
for Lean Burn Engines
A Data Driven Process
It would be much easier if every molecule reacted exactly the Figure 1 is a graph showing the conversion efficiency of
same way when it reaches the surface of the catalyst. Since they various hydrocarbons as a function of the Gas Hourly Space
dont, the engineer sizing a catalyst has to evaluate what is in the Velocity (GHSV). This is the type of data that the engineer will
exhaust and what performance is required in order to meet the use to size the catalyst. The most conservative approach sizes
permit limits. The process is especially challenging when evaluating the catalyst by using the GHSV for the compound expected to
high-level hydrocarbon conversions for oxidation catalysts on lean- be in the exhaust that is the hardest to convert. Provided the fuel
burn engines. constituents do not change over time, this conservative approach
does compensate for
Defining the Target FIGURE 1 changes in their relative
Often a lean burn engines concentration so that the
emission of concern is CO catalyst will always meet
alone, so the sizing process the permit.
is straightforward. However, A more sophisticated
there are instances approach calculates
where the control of the a GHSV based on the
hydrocarbon emissions blended contribution
becomes the primary issue of each constituent
because of where the species to the required
engine is located. conversion efficiency.
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engine is involved and what a higher GHSV and
to expect for a catalyst inlet thus a smaller catalyst
temperature, the engineer compared to the method
next needs to know whether your permit is written for Non- above, but it is typically used for sites where the fuel composition
Methane Hydrocarbons (NMHC) or Non-Methane, Non-Ethane is very stable.
Hydrocarbons (NMNEHC), and what is the emissions limit. Your As an example, lets stipulate that the raw NMNEHC emissions
permit may use the term VOC or Volatile Organic Compound, which for an engine are 0.45 g/bhp-hr and the permitted emissions
the EPA defines as NMNEHC. Because the EPA doesnt consider are 0.12 g/bhp-hr, requiring a conversion efficiency of 73.3%. In
formaldehyde a VOC, for simplification purposes this article will Figure 1, you see that the GHSV for propane is 71,000, butane is
omit formaldehyde. However, be aware that the new RICE MACT 83,000 and pentane is 97,000. So, depending upon what is in the
rules and individual states may have additional restrictions that fuel, the size of the catalyst can vary considerably.
govern its emission. Proper design for a lean-burn engine requires more effort, but
The engines spec sheet or technical information will reveal giving your catalyst company all of the appropriate information
its total expected raw hydrocarbon emissions. A fuel analysis for better enables them to select the correct catalyst to keep you
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n Figure 8. This is the newly
designed acoustic filter.

References trols Recip Pump Pulsations, Oil and Gas Journal, Volume
Heveron, G.C., 1978, Pulsation Dampeners and Stabiliz- 77, Issue 3, pp. 67-73.
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122 (10), pp. 28-32. Concepts for Improved Pump Operations, 15th International
Wachel, J.C. and Price, S.M., 1988, Understanding How Pump Users Symposium Proceedings.
Pulsation Accumulators Work, Pipeline Engineering Sym- McKee, R. and Broerman, E., 2009, Acoustics in Pump-
posium, PD-Vol. 14. ing Systems, Proceedings of the Twenty-Fifth International
Hicks, E.J. and Grant, T.R., 1979, Acoustic Filter Con- Pump Users Symposium, pp. 69-74. CT2
2012 edition XX www.ctssnet.net ctss
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Turbine-Driven Compression
For China > Rolls-Royce secures additional orders for turbine-driven
compressor packages in China
By Ian Cameron

n This Rolls-Royce RFBB36 gas compressor was installed at the Zhongwei

compressor station on the WEPP Line I gas pipeline in China.

olls-Royce has announced WEPP natural gas will boost Chinas ect and our relationship with and sup-
a US$75 million contract to economic growth and ensure greater port to PetroChina.
supply PetroChina with equip- security of electricity supply to Chinas Efficiency is a key factor in the proj-
ment and related services to move fast-developing cities, said Andrew ect, Heath said.
gas through Line III of the West-East Heath, Rolls-Royce president, energy. The high efficiency of the Rolls-
Pipeline Project (WEPP), the worlds In terms of servicing the installed Royce RB211 units and our compres-
longest pipeline. base, in addition to our in-country field sors means more gas will reach the
It will supply PetroChina with six service representative based at the consumer, ultimately increasing gas
RB211 gas turbine-driven RFBB36 site to provide ongoing service for the volumes and potential profit for the
compressor units for WEPP Line III. pipeline, we work with PetroChina to operator, he said. As gas prices con-
When completed in 2015, the 4350 train their operators before they begin tinue to increase, efficiency really be-
mi. (7000 km) WEPP Line III will link to manage the equipment at the sites comes the most crucial factor driving
Chinas western Xinjiang autono- along the pipelines. the value equation.
mous region to Fuijan province in In addition, we are providing licens- The high simple-cycle efficiency
the Southeast, transporting up to 1.1 ing support to a maintenance repair of the engine also makes it ideal as a
Tcfy (30 x 109 m3/yr). and overhaul facility that PetroChina is driver of pipeline compressors. Its low
Rolls-Royce has provided equip- building in Langfang, Hebei province, weight and the ability to quickly remove
ment and services to WEPP since not far from Beijing, expected to be the gas generator for transport and
2004. Including the latest contract, it operational in mid-2013. All of these maintenance is another key feature for
has sold 37 RB211 units to WEPP. factors strengthen our role on the proj- this application, which, like the WEPP

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installations, are often in remote loca-
tions far from maintenance facilities. Movers
Commenting on the specific proj-
ect tasks faced by the engineering Ansaldo Sistemi Industriali technologies to motors for home appli-
teams, Heath said: Along with the The Japan-based Nidec Group has ac- ances, automobiles, office equipment
station design teams we faced several quired Ansaldo Sistemi Industriali (ASI) of and industrial machinery.
challenges, including the desert sand Italy, a global supplier of electric motors The ASI acquisition will enable Nidec
storm environment experienced at and generators for compressors, pumps, to supply a wider range of products,
many of the stations in or close to the turbines, and other applications. such as high power range industrial mo-
Gobi desert and in the winter months Formed in 1973, Nidec has expand- tors, medium- and low-voltage drives
extremely cold temperatures. ed from its original product base of mo- and industrial automation systems.
Heath said the RB211 gas turbines Corrosion
tors Ad_Layout
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Problem Solving
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(CO2) are known as acid gases. If free water
built just to deliver the equipment.

is present, it will react with these acid gases

Rolls-Royce will make and pack-
age the equipment for WEPP at
its facilities in Montreal, Quebec, to form ver y corrosive compounds. These
compounds can quickly corrode coolers and
Canada and Mount Vernon, Ohio. In-

separators, result in bearing failures, change

cluding WEPP, Rolls-Royce has sold
56 RB211 units for installation on
Chinese and Central Asian natural the performance ratings of valves and reduce
pressure ratings for vessels and piping. Summit
gas pipeline networks. That includes

lubricants are formulated with high quality

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Rolls-Royce also received a US$40

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pressor station on the Turkmenistan-
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Vector Analysis Of Crankshaft
Web Deflections
Deflections> can be converted
into calculated stress values
on a throw-by-throw basis
By Mark Noall and David Maas

rankshaft web deflection measurements have his- 10 integral engine failed. In an effort to better understand
torically been used to evaluate crankshaft align- why we had two crankshaft failures on the same engine, op-
ment and as criteria to take action to prevent crank- erating history, mechanical maintenance records and web
shaft failure [1]. deflections were reviewed from 1993 to 2010. The historical
Research has correlated web deflection measurements data when combined with optical, laser and wire-line frame
to peak stress levels in the crankshaft fillets. Web deflec- measurements made after the 2010 failure provided valu-
tions can now be converted into calculated stress values able insights into the root causes of these failures.
on a throw-by-throw basis. These calculations account for One of the pertinent findings was that both failures did
variations in pin and stroke dimensions and provide more not occur in a high-stress area of the crankshaft, as calcu-
reliable criteria to evaluate the risk of failure. lated from web deflection readings. One of the failure loca-
Web deflection readings from one throw to the next can also tions closely coincided with a web deflection reversal. The
point to a bending reversal in the crankshaft. For example a other failed where the crankshaft was bridging a bearing.
bending reversal occurs when the web deflection of one throw
shows the web opening at the bottom while the adjacent throw
shows the web opening at the top. Bending reversals in crank-
shafts may be part of the crankshaft failure mechanism.
Crankshaft reversals cannot be detected with the web
deflection to stress calculations, as they do not take into
account the influence of the adjacent throws. One effective
way to identifying the locations of these reversals is to con-
struct a maximum web deflection vector graph and com-
pare the throw-to-throw vertical and horizontal components
for changes in direction.
In 1998 and again in 2010, the crankshaft in a Clark TLA-

Mark Noall is pipeline engineer with KMI Pipeline. His respon-

sibilities include technical support for reciprocating and tur-
bine engine driven compression in West Texas and southeast n Figure 1. Web location is shown on the crankshaft.
New Mexico. He has 30 years of experience in the energy
industry and has a Bachelor of Science degree in mechani- Measuring web deflections
cal engineering from Brigham Young University. David Maas Web deflections are a measure of the change in distance
is a mechanical supervisor for Kinder Morgan Inc. He gradu- between the crankshaft webs. The change in distance oc-
ated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Sci- curs as the crankshaft moves through 360 of rotation. The
ence degree in electrical engineering and a masters degree maximum web deflection across a throw is the difference
in mechanical engineering. His graduate work was done at between the maximum and minimum distances between
the universitys engines and energy conversion laboratory. the webs. (See Figure 1.)
This article is based on a paper the authors presented at the When the engine frame and bore lie in a straight line the
Gas Machinery Conference in Austin, Texas, last October. crankshaft will also be straight. The distance between the
Contact the authors at mark_noall@kindermorgan.com or webs will not change and the web deflection readings will
david_maas@kindermorgan.com. be zero. If the engine frame is misaligned the crankshaft will

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n Figure 2. Web deflection is shown in three conditions.
not lie in a straight line. For example, if the frame sags in the
middle so will the crankshaft. A sagging crankshaft results
in the webs opening at the bottom and closing at the top.
(See Figure 2.)
Web deflections are measured with a micrometer placed
across the crankpin throw. The pointed ends of the microm-
eter are placed in punch marks on the webs. (See Figure 3.)
The punch marks are typically located at the diameter of
the main bearing journals. Prior to taking measurement the
gauge is spun to seat the points in the punch marks.
The crankshaft is manually rotated and deflection read-
ings, measured in mils (0.001 in. or 0.0254 mm), are typi-
cally taken every 45. Connecting rods attached to the crank-
pin prevent data collection over the full 360 rotation. Often,
deflections can be measure only for 180 of the rotation.

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Gas Machinery Conference paper, An Improved Criteria deflections over the full 360 rotation. But what if the mini-
for Assessing Crankshaft Misalignment, developed this mum or maximum deflection reading occurs at an angle
relationship [2]. that cant be accessed by the deflection gauge? How can
The stress is concentrated in the webs at the fillets be- the maximum deflection value be determined if it cannot be
tween the main and crankpin journal. Elevated bending stress measured? The answer to this problem comes in the form
in the webs combined with hundreds of millions to billions of of a mathematical curve fit that calculates the maximum de-
crankshaft revolutions or bending cycles can eventually lead flection and the angle at which it occurs.
to a high-cycle fatigue failure. High-cycle fatigue failures are
almost exclusively across crankshaft webs. (See Figure 4.) The sinusoidal curve fit
As with many rotational systems, web deflection measure-
ments exhibit a sinusoidal behavior. (See Figure 6.) Measure-
ments taken at regular crank angles will fall on a sine wave.
The maximum deflection will be the difference between the
minimum and maximum values of the sine wave.

n Figure 4. This is the usual location of fatigue failure across

crankshaft web. n Figure 6. These readings were taken while the crankshaft is be-
ing rotated to generate a sine wave.
Maximum web deflection
Figure 5 shows a typical set of web deflections as ini- The sine wave for web deflections can be written as fol-
tially recorded. Connecting rods attached to the crankpin lows using a sine function that operates on degrees of an-
prevented data collection over the full 360 rotation. Deflec- gle rather than radians.
tion readings were measured every 45 from 135 to 315.
Measurements were taken in mils.
The maximum web deflection across a throw is the dif-
ference between the maximum and minimum measured
Where A is the zero-to-peak amplitude of the sine wave
and 2A is the peak-to-peak value or maximum web deflec-
tion.w (phi) is the phase angle and C is an offset value
from arbitrarily setting the deflection micrometer to zero at
the first measurement angle.
Fitting the web deflection data to a sine wave is a matter
of calculating the amplitude A, the phase angle, , and the
offset, C, to minimize the error between the data set and the
equation. This can be accomplished iteratively or by solving
a set of linear equations.
Three data points are needed to solve for values of A, w
and C. A sinusoid can be perfectly drawn through any three
data points. It is recommended that four or more readings
be measured on each web. This allows for a correlation co-
efficient to be calculated which expresses how well the data
exhibits a sinusoidal behavior. The correlation coefficient
R2 is a measure of the error between the data points and
the sine curve. An R2 value of 1.000 indicates a perfect cor-
relation, whereas values less than 0.900 could indicate er-
rors in data collection or other problems such as damaged
n Figure 5. This is a set of initially recorded web deflections. bearings or excessive crankshaft run out.

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The maximum web deflection, 2A , is used to calculate the
peak fillet stress of the throw. When 2A and are viewed as
a vector with magnitude and direction, and in conjunction with
similar data from each throw of the crankshaft, additional infor-
mation can be inferred about the crankshaft alignment.

The phase angle , tells us where in the 360 of crank-
shaft rotation, the sine function, starts. Reviewing Table 1 of
basic sine function results, its clear the maximum value of a
sine wave is one and occurs at an angle of 90.

Sin (0) = 0.000

Sin (45) = 0.707
Sin (90) = 1.000 Maximum Value
Sin (135) = 0.707
Sin (180) = 0.000
Sin (225) = 0.707
Sin (270) = 1.000 Maximum Value
Sin (315) = 0.707
Sin (360) = 0.000
n Table 1. This table shows basic sine function results.

The phase angle simply shifts where, in the 360 of rota-

tion, the maximum value occurs. So +90 is the angle of
maximum web deflection or greatest distance between the Samsung.indd 1 3/15/13 9:44 AM

webs. Conversely -90 is the angle where the webs are

closest together.
The example below shows a maximum web deflection
occurring at 253. The w
value of the vector is 163.

So, w +90 indicates the direction of the maximum de-

flection vector and the amplitude 2A indicates the magni-
tude of the vector. This technique enables constructing web
deflection vectors for each of the throws of the crankshaft.
The vectors now can be compared from one throw to the
next. The horizontal and vertical components of these vec-
tors can provide additional insights into crankshaft align-
ment. First, consider three simple examples. The real world
is combination of these examples.
continued on page 80

n Figure 7. These are typical web deflection readings of the max

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Real world example
Table 2 shows as found web deflection readings mea-
sured during an annual mechanical inspection of a Clark
TLA 10 engine. The deflections were measured at 45
intervals and recorded in mils. At first glance throws two
and three have deflections of 2, throw six has a deflection
of -2.75 and throw nine has a deflection of -2. This table
contains the web deflections, sinusoidal curve fits, cor-
n Figure 10. This is the side bowed crankshaft. relation coefficients, calculated crankshaft stress, max
deflections and angles.
The sinusoidal curve fit of the deflection data shows
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little change to the max deflection on throws two, three

and nine. However throw six changed from a max de-
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Now look at the maximum deflection vectors for each
throw and their associated vertical and horizontal com-

ponents. The stress vector on throw six is primarily in
the horizontal direction. This indicates that something
might be pulling or pushing on the side of the engine
frame. It is important to note that the highest max web
deflection on the crankshaft, at throw six, yielded the
largest stress and longest vector.

Predicting crankshaft alignment

The vertical and horizontal crankshaft profiles can
be approximated by using crankshaft geometry and the
vertical and horizontal components of the max deflec-
tion vectors.
The horizontal and vertical crankshaft profiles, shown
in Figure 12, provide valuable insights to the shape of the
crankshaft and what might be influencing the crankshaft
alignment. The horizontal profile shows an abrupt bend
at throw six and a crankshaft side displacement of 26
mils. The vertical profile shows the crankshaft is 10 mils
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There is a reversal in the direction of the vectors be-
tween webs five and six.
The reversal occurs at a point of inflection.

Case history (Roswell #3 1993 1998)

1958 engine installed.
1994 engine regrouted on epoxy chocks.
1998 crankshaft failed.
1998 installed used crankshaft and re-grouted on
epoxy chocks.
2004 engine regrouted on shimmable chocks.
2010 second crankshaft failed.

n Figure 14. This graph shows the stress occurring in each web.

The fracture location of the 1998 crankshaft failure did not

occur in the throw with the highest stress. The crankshaft
failed at throw nine. See Figures 14 and 15. For the five
years preceding the failure the average calculated stress at n Figure 16. The horizontal profile (top) and vertical profile
throw nine was 2700 psi (186 bar). (bottom) are given.

The horizontal graph has no indication of any problem

at throw nine. The vertical crankshaft profile shows a
slight S shaped curve at the fracture location. Based
on these two graphs and the calculated stress there
was no reason to suspect that throw nine was subject
to any undue stress levels that might initiate a cyclic
fatigue crack.
The only irregularity we could find was that the frac-
ture location coincided with an obvious crankshaft re-
versal between throws nine and 10. Resolving the max
web deflection vectors clearly shows a reversal in the
vertical direction. (See Figure 17.) It is strongly be-
lieved this reversal played a key role in the crack ini-
tiation, the fatigue crack propagation and the eventual
failure of the crankshaft.
n Figure 15. Arrow points at the web failure of throw nine.
The horizontal crankshaft profile shows a side bow of Web deflections, sinusoidal curve fits, correlation co-
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coincide with the calculated peak stress. The crankshaft
failed in an area where there was a reversal between
adjacent throws nine and 10. Reversals in the crank-
shaft web deflections could be contributing factors to
crankshaft failures. Web deflection vector analysis can be
an additional set of metrics to evaluate crankshaft align-
ment and risk of crankshaft failure.

Additional work
Apply this analysis to other engines that have experi-
enced crankshaft failures and see if similar conclusions
can be drawn.
Mathematically compare adjacent max web deflection
vectors to develop a quantitative measure.
Determine if there a correlation between reversals and
main bearing bridging.
n Figure 17. This chart shows crankshaft deflection vectors. Note
the two vectors indicating location of crankshaft reversal. References
1. Advances in Crankshaft Reliability Methods. Harrell,
and angles are valuable diagnostic tools to evaluate the John P. Jr.; Wattis, Gregory N. and S.; Rennick, Timo-
crankshaft alignment. The information they provide is thy. 1999. Houston: Gas Machinery Research Council,
throw specific and independent of the other throws on 1999.
the crankshaft. Plotting the maximum deflection vectors 2. An Improved Criteria for Assessing Crankshaft Mis-
and their vertical and horizontal components provides a alignment. Harrell, John P. Jr.; and Wattis, Gregory,
way to identify reversals in the crankshaft profile. 2000. Colorado Springs, Colorado: Gas Machinery
The 1998 Roswell unit No. 3 crankshaft failure did not Council, 2000. CT2

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Vibration Monitoring System Thermal Mass Flowmeters Level Meter
Cook Compression has released Krohne Inc., a global technology
the Sentrix thermal mass flowmeter, specialist in the development, manu-
which is designed for measuring vent facture and distribution of measuring
gas flow and helping compressor op- instruments for the process indus-
erators satisfy Environmental Protec- tries, has released the OptiFlex 2200
tion Agency reporting requirements C/F level meter for liquids and solids.
for greenhouse gases. The flowmeters The device features software-based
are available in inline, insertion and dynamic parasite rejection technology
portable configurations to suit various that eliminates false reflections caused
gas-monitoring needs and line sizes, by environmental disturbances and
the company said. product build-up. It is the newest addi-
tion to the companys time domain re-
IMI-Sensors, a division of PCB flectometry guided radar level meters.
Piezotronics Inc., has introduced the
Echo wireless vibration-monitoring
system, designed to monitor the over-
all health of critical machinery and
provide immediate notification when
warning or critical levels are reached.
The system can be applied to several Sentrix flowmeters use thermal
industrial applications in the power, mass flow technology, which provides
steel and chemical industries. accuracy at 1% reading, 0.5% full
The system uses the Echo wire- scale at calibrated conditions. With
less vibration sensor and the Echo- 0.01 to 559 cfm flow range and a low-
Plus wireless junction box to trans- flow sensitivity of 100:1 turndown, Sen-
mit vibration data to a single, central trix flowmeters also give operators the
receiver. The system allows for the ability to proactively spot gas leakage
integration of wirelessly transmitted trends, improve repair planning and
data into existing legacy vibration use condition-based maintenance for
systems and plant-monitoring con- rod packing, Cook Compression said.
trollers, all made possible through All units feature automatic pressure
the Modbus interface. and temperature compensation and OptiFlex 2200, designed for tank
Battery life of the sensor typically are provided with preset gas calibra- and silo applications in the chemical
exceeds five years when transmit- tions. Inline meters are calibrated for a industry, as well as in the oil and gas,
ting data three times a day, and a 24 specific gas composition and portable energy and wastewater sectors, is
Vdc source can power the EchoPlus meters offer multiple calibrations that available with several probes to mea-
box without battery life limitations, the can be selected in the field using high- sure liquids up to 130 ft. (40 m) and
company said. resolution, touch panel displays. solids up to 66 ft. (20 m), and can han-
www.imi-sensors.com www.cookcompression.com dle process temperatures up to 572F
(300C) and pressures up to 580 psi
(40 bar). The device also provides a
ATEX Cycle switch remote convertor that can be installed
up to 328 ft. (100 m) from the probe.
No batteries

Working parts not in Level VF System

contact with lubricant Alignment Supplies Inc. has added
the ALiSENSOR level VF system as
Compact size an option package for advanced us-
Stainless steel ers. The system differentiates itself
from the core ALiSENSOR Level
ATEX certied system by replacing the 3.9 in. (100
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package, which features a cross- view engine performance by reveal- an additional MeCAN module, as
functional L-shape fixture base that ing 20 J1939 parameters broad- well as replace the existing hour-
is designed for several different cast from the ECU. Operators can meter function.
measurement applications, the com- use the up and down pushbuttons Other features include displaying
pany said. The L-shape fixture base to scroll through the parameters, DEF and soot levels, as well active
can be reconfigured in seconds to and be alerted by the devices LED DM1 and store DM2 faults using the
accommodate measurements for lights, which indicate warning and suspect parameter number, failure
straightness, level, squareness, flat- shutdown conditions. It also can in- mode indicator and occurrence count.
ness, plumb, shaft straightness or strument mechanical engines with www.fwmurphy.com
level, horizontal spindle direction
and vertical spindle direction.

The VF fixture package will be offered

as an accessory available to customers
who already own the ALiSENSOR level
with the 3.9 in. (100 mm) fixture base,
and will also be available to new cus-
tomers. The ALiSENSOR level core sys-
tem, which includes the 3.9 in. (100 mm)
fixture base, will continue to be offered
as well.

Diagnostic Display

FW Murphy has introduced the

PowerView model PV25, a diagnostic
display designed for Tier 4/Euro Stage
3B/4 and below engines. The PV25,
which displays engine parameters
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of the companys existing PowerView
display portfolio.
The display allows operators to

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IEA Urges More Competition In Asia
Pacific Gas Market > Report says long-term contracts
distort price signals

single biggest obstacle for an ef-

fective gas market is a lack of in-
frastructure access;
The role of governments must
change: Instead of focusing on
price regulation along the value
chain, governments must main-
tain and supervise competitive
market conditions;
Credible state commitment to re-
gional gas market competition can
instill confidence, encourage new
market participants, and promote
the use of transparent hubs to bal-
ance producer portfolios;
Gas transport and commercial ac-
n Asia Pacific gas demand will continue to outstrip tivities should be separated and
production. Source: International Energy Agency. prices deregulated at the whole-
sale level;
Singapore holds the best initial

he International Energy Agen- a more competitive and dynamic net- prospects for gas hub development,
cy (IEA) has reported that the work of trading hubs that better reflect with Japan, Korea, and China as
Asian market needs a natural local gas demand and supply. likely competitors in the future.
gas trading hub that reflects supply/ IEA said long-term contracts can The prospects are there, but even
demand fundamentals. play a beneficial role in providing in- the prime candidates will need to do
The regions gas market is charac- vestment security, but their current more, lEA Executive Director Ma-
terized by long-term contracts, most pricing does not accurately reflect gas ria van der Hoeven said. Chinas
of them designed to establish the market fundamentals or the competi- fast-growing domestic gas network
economic bases for expensive lique- tiveness of gas relative to other fuels. is still underdeveloped, and the en-
fied natural gas (LNG) production and Moreover, without a competitive spot tire production chain remains heavily
transportation projects that serve Ja- market for natural gas, there is little regulated. Singapores small domestic
pan, Korea and other nations. incentive and little scope to change market means that to grow as a hub
Asia is expected to become the current commercial practices. it must rely on re-exports, which are
worlds second-largest gas market by This leaves both consumers and hindered by regulation.
2015, the report said. And yet this producers with insufficient room to ex- Last but not least, Japan has a
market is dominated by long-term plore different options, and limits the great potential to act as a hub, but
contracts in which the price of gas is degree to which natural gas can serve it will have to take some important
linked, or indexed, to that of oil. as a flexible source of energy for both steps. Domestically, that means im-
In recent years, this has helped growing and mature economies, it said. proving infrastructure access and
keep Asian gas prices much higher The study found: further developing its domestic power
than those in other parts of the world, Current market structures discour- market. But externally, it also means
leading to serious questions about the age gas consumption and impact engaging with exporters to affect the
sustainability of the system and its ef- Asian competitiveness vis--vis terms of gas contracting so as to im-
fects on Asian competitiveness. more flexible markets in the U.S. prove efficiency while maintaining
The IEA study outlined how the Asia and even Europe; energy security. The LNG producer-
Pacific regions natural gas market Experience by the Organization consumer dialogue initiated recently
could evolve from one in which prices for Economic Cooperation and by Japan can be effective to facilitat-
are linked to crude oil to one featuring Development suggests that the ing that engagement. CT2

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Case Study: Torsional
Analysis > Investigation of torsional influence on vibrations of motor-
driven reciprocating gas compressor
By Nathan W. Poerner,
Chris D. Kulhanek and
Dr. Klaus Brun, Ph.D.

n Figure 1. This graphic shows torsional

spectrum peaks during shutdown.

ost turbo and reciprocating of these speeds can coincide with lat- Operating at these critical speeds
machines operate over a eral or torsional resonant frequencies can be damaging to the machine
wide range of speeds. Some (aka critical speeds) of their shafts. or its seals and bearings, and must
be avoided. Thus, it is important to
Nathan Poerner is a research engineer in the Fluids and Machinery Engineering De- be able to accurately predict critical
partment at Southwest Research Institute. He received his B.S and M.S. degrees in speeds of a machine prior to instal-
mechanical engineering from Texas Tech University. Dr. Klaus Brun is the director of the lation in the field. This is especially
Machinery Program at Southwest Research Institute. He is the chairman of the ASME- true for reciprocating machines that
IGTI board of directors and the past chairman of the ASME Oil & Gas Applications are subject to high-amplitude, low-
Committee. Chris D. Kulhanek is a research engineer in the Fluids and Machinery En- frequency excitations from the cylin-
gineering Department at Southwest Research Institute. He received his B.S. and M.S. ders of either the engine driver or the
degrees in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University. driven compressor. Excessive tor-

n Table 1. The chart displays predicted torsional natural frequencies (critical speeds).

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sional vibrations have led to coupling appears at 101 Hz. These peaks down is typical due to differences in
breakages and sometimes can inter- show up similarly on both the motor loading and temperatures, also veri-
act with lateral vibrations resulting in and compressor torsional measure- fied by the torsional model. The ac-
catastrophic shaft failures. ments, although the peak at 101 tual torsional mode can be expected
These critical speeds can be al- Hz is much more prevalent on the to exist within this range (11 to14 Hz).
tered by adjusting the rotating mass compressor side, which was due to These measured critical speeds were
(inertia) or torsional stiffness of com- the particular shape of the resonant significantly different from values previ-
ponents in the system. Some com- mode. Two peaks were also present ously analytically predicted (18 and 75
mon modifications include adding in the startup data, with the first peak Hz) by a third party. This large difference
flywheels or other masses to the sys- at 14 Hz and the second again at 101 was initially thought to indicate possible
tem and the use of flexible couplings Hz. The shift in frequency of the first damage to the couplings elastomeric
(usually with some kind of elastomer- mode between start-up and shut- continued on page 92
ic material) that changes the stiffness
between the driver and equipment
shafts. Critical speeds and torsional
response of the system are typically
predicted using a computer model via
a finite element method (FEM) that
divides the rotating elements into dis-
crete sections with assigned masses
and stiffnesses. With any computer
model, there is some uncertainty of
the predictions due to both the analy-
sis method and the input boundary
conditions; it is imperative to validate
computational predictions using field
testing. The following presents a tor-
sional analysis case study where
field data and analysis predictions
were compared to validate the fidelity
of the predictions.
The subject study began when the
lateral vibrations of an electric motor
that was part of a reciprocating gas
compressor package with an elasto-
meric coupling reached levels that
tripped a local vibration alarm. To in-
vestigate the theory that these vibra- Stocking
tions were being generated due to locations in
torsional vibrations, measurements the U.S. &
of the torsional and lateral vibrations Canada
of the system were recorded during
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n Figure 2. The chart shows
motor DE horizontal vibrations
during speed ramp.

material. To investigate this difference that is 13.8 Hz, which is within the the coupling was operating in the best
and determine if a drastic change in range of measured values, and 97.2 possible configuration.
the elastomer was at fault, Southwest Hz, which differs by less than 5%. Ad- It was still left to determine whether
Research Institute (SwRI) created its ditionally, the mode shapes for each it is a torsional effect that is driving
own torsional analytical model using of these critical speeds also match the the lateral vibrations of the motor. The
SwRIs proprietary torsional software relative observed torsional levels. measured lateral vibrations indicated a
and the manufacturers machine data. With the same stiffness but op- strong 3x response that decreased in
From this model, SwRI was also able to posite orientation (heavy side on the amplitude with speed; the most severe
investigate the effect variable elastomer motor end) the first two critical speeds of these vibrations was observed at the
stiffness and orientation of the coupling were predicted to nominally be 18.7 motor drive end in the horizontal direc-
would have on critical speeds. Hz and 82.7 Hz, which matches the tion (Figure 2). An operating deflection
Results in Table 1 show that the fre- previously predicted values. Check- shape of the motor at this frequency re-
quencies of the first and second criti- ing with the facility did confirm that the vealed that the motor was vibrating in
cal speed with the nominal stiffness heavy side of the coupling was, in fact, a yawing motion; a lateral motion that
and the coupling oriented with heavy on the compressor. Therefore, it was is not likely to be excited by a torsional
side on the compressor match excep- concluded that the coupling elasto- vibration of the motor shaft.
tionally well with the measured values; meric material had not degraded, and This frequency also falls in between

n Figure 3. The chart displays

motor torsional spectral response
during speed sweep.

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the first two torsional critical speeds
and does not coincide with either critical Movers
speed over the entire operating range.
Still, the measured torsional vibrations J-W Energy
of the motor shaft for the same time J-W Energy Co. President G. Gene his tenure, the company has grown from
(Figure 3) do show a peak at the 3x fre- Gradick has been given the additional US$70 million to more than US$800 mil-
quency; but given the layout of the unit duties of chief executive officer with lion in gross revenue and from US$147
(six-throw unit in offsetting pairs), a 3x the responsibility of managing day-to- million to US$1.5 billion in assets.
response was expected. However, the day operations. Prior to joining the company, Gradick
amplitude of the torsional vibration at 3x Gradick joined6/1/10
Centa.qxp J-W Energy PM asPage was
in 1998
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does not vary relative to speed like the chief operating officer and was promot- Corp. He is a mechanical engineering
lateral vibrations did, so it was unlikely ed to president in January 2005. During graduate of Texas A&M University.
that any coupling between the lateral
and torsional vibrations of the motor
was occurring at this frequency.
Some additional torsional peaks
did show changes over the speed
ramp. Specifically, the 9x and 10x or-
ders show drastic peaks as they pass
through 101 Hz. But as found earlier,
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AXH air-coolers .....................................................73 FLP, Fluid Line Products .....................................85 Reynolds French ...................................................77
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BG Service Co. Inc, The .......................................27 Gas Drive Global LP .............................................61 * Rolls-Royce .............................................................9
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BETA Machinery Analysis ...................................53 GEs Waukesha gas engines .................................5 Rottler Manufacturing ..........................................47
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BORSIG ZM Compression GmbH ........................43 GE Oil & Gas .........................................Third Cover Samsung Techwin Co., Ltd. .................................65
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GUARDIAN Engine + Compressor Control ........57 Southwest Research Institute .............................55
Burckhardt Compression AG ..............................33 www.guardiancontrol.com
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Cameron ...........................................................50-51 www.Hahnmfg.com Summit Industrial Products .................................75
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Catalytic Combustion Corporation .....................69 www.harscoaxc.com SYNTHOSOL .........................................................91
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ITW Chockfast Grout ............................................83
CECO, Compressor Engineering Corp. ..............10 www.chockfastgrout.com Tech Transfer, Inc. ...............................................2-3
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CENTA Corporation ..............................................93 Parts Mfg. .........................................................30-31 Testo, Inc. ..............................................................48
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Compressor Products International ...................13 Kiene Diesel Accessories, Inc. ............................83 Turbomachinery/Pump Symposia .......................94
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Continuous Control Solutions .............................21 Korea Rotating Machinery Symposium ..............79 Universal LLC ........................................................38
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DCL International Inc. .............................................7 LIONOIL ...........................................................73, 86 Waukesha Bearings ..............................................60
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cu.in. (57.5 L) was introduced.The direct ancestor of the fu- P9390 V16 engine is the largest of the VHP engine series
ture VHP engine series was the model VLRO. Introduced in with a 9388 cu.in. (153.8 L) displacement.
1954, it was the first V12 (12-cylinder vee) version of the 8.5 With demand for lower emissions, a series of VHP lean-
x 8.5 series. With a displacement of 5788 cu.in. (94.8 L), it burn gas engines was first introduced in the mid-1980s.
doubled the power output of the popular 6LRO. The VHP lean burn models were designated as 2895GL,
According to the Waukesha Engine Historical Society, 3521GL, 5108GL, 5790GL, 7042GL and 9390GL. In 1998,
Waukesha went to a new model designation scheme in the Series Four six- and 12-cylinder 9.375 in. (238 mm)
1963. The 6LRO was renamed the F2894, the 6LRZ be- bore, models 3524GSI and 7044GSI, respectively, went
came F3520, and the VLRO became L5788G. into production with new improved cylinder heads.
That same year, the model L7040 was introduced as In the 1980s, the largest VHP engines the 16-cylinder
a 9.375 in. (238 mm) bore x 8.5 in. (216 mm) stroke V12 P9390GSI and P9390GL had a continuous rating as high
engine with a displacement of 7041 cu.in. (115.4 L). The as 2063 hp (1538 kW) at 1200 rpm. Similarly, the L7042GSI
1964 Diesel and Gas Engine Catalog listed the 7040G gas and L7042GL were rated as high as 1547 hp (1154 kW) at
engine with a rating of 1186 hp (884 kW) at 1200 rpm for 1200 rpm.
continuous duty and 1005 hp (749 kW) for extended con- Waukesha continued to manufacture both diesel and
tinuous duty with the footnote for extended engine life. gaseous-fueled versions of the VHPs for a number of years,
In 1967, Waukesha extensively redesigned the 12-cylinder but eventually discontinued building diesels to focus on their
engine series. Among the improvements were open cham- major niche in the gaseous engine market.
ber diesel technology, four valve heads, angle-split serrated Today, under GE Power & Water, the Waukesha gas en-
rods, new manifolds and a stronger lower end. gine series ranges from 160 to 4835 hp (119 to 3606 kW) for
The F2894 and F3520 six-cylinder engines were also driving gas compressors in applications from the wellhead
completely redesigned in the same manner, and togeth- through processing, storage and distribution pipelines.
er with the L5788, were designated as the VHP family of Central to this lineup is the versatile, gaseous-fueled six-,
engines. Traditionally, the letters VHP stood for Very High 12- and 16-cylinder VHP Series with both rich-burn and
Power, but historical accounts vary as to the source of lean-combustion systems. Total production volumes are not
the name. All the engine models in the VHP family were available, although GE indicated that from 1985 through
renamed, with the L5788 becoming L5790 and the L7040 mid-2012, some 10,849 VHP engines were produced, with
becoming L7042. 7120 for gas compression applications.
Also in 1967, the GSI turbocharged and intercooled ver- The VHP V12s remain popular, a half-century after their
sions of the VHP were developed with increased power rat- introduction. The L7042GSI has evolved to a current rat-
ings and performance. A 1969 advertisement showed the ing of 1480 hp (1104 kW) at 1200 rpm with an 8:1 com-
L4042GSIU rated at 1300 hp (969 kW) at 1200 rpm. It also pression ratio that provides a wider range of fuel tolerance.
alluded to a 16-cylinder VHP, rated up to 2250 hp (1678 Introduced in 2001, the upgraded rich-burn Series Four
kW) to be available in 1970. Actually developed in 1969, the L7044GSI is rated at 1680 hp (1253 kW) at 1200 rpm. CT2

Model No. Of Bore Stroke Displacement Compression Combustion Max Rated Power
Cyls. in./mm in./mm cu.in./L Ratio hp/kW

F3514GSI 6 9.375/238 8.5/216 3520/58 8:1 Rich Burn 740/552

F3521G 6 9.375/238 8.5/216 3520/58 10:1 Rich Burn 515/384
F3521GL 6 9.375/238 8.5/216 3520/58 10.5:1 Lean Burn 738/550
F3524GSI 6 9.375/238 8.5/216 3520/58 8.0:1 Rich Burn 840/626
L5774LT 12 8.5/216 8.5/216 5788/95 10.2:1 Lean Burn 1450/1081
L5790G 12 8.5/216 8.5/216 5788/95 10:1 Rich Burn 845/630
L5794GSI 12 8.5/216 8.5/216 5788/95 8.25:1 Rich Burn 1380/1029
L5794LT 12 8.5/216 8.5/216 5788/95 10.2:1 Lean Burn 1450/1081
L7042G 12 9.375/238 8.5/216 7040/115 10:1 Rich Burn 1025/764
L7042GL 12 9.375/238 8.5/216 7040/115 10.5:1 Lean Burn 1480/1105
L7042GSI 12 9.375/238 8.5/216 7040/115 8.0:1 Rich Burn 1480/1105
L7044GSI 12 9.375/238 8.5/216 7040/115 8.0:1 Rich Burn 1680/1253
P9390GSI 16 9.375/238 8.5/216 9388/154 8:1 Rich Burn 1980/1476
P9390GL 16 9.375/238 8.5/216 9388/154 10.5:1 Lean Burn 1980/1476

n Current VHP Engine Series Specifications 1200 rpm rated speed.

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C ornerstones Of Compression

n This 1380 hp (1029 kW), 1200 rpm Waukesha L5794GSI gas engine, one of the cur-
rent VHP models, drives an Ariel JGE-4 compressor in a gas compression application.

Waukesha VHP Series

Gas Engines > After a half-century, workhorse V12s
are still popular By Norm Shade

he Waukesha VHP series natural gas engine was intro- oil operators needed more power, Waukesha introduced an
duced in 1963. Since then it has been applied in some engine with 8.5 in. (216 mm) bore and 8.5 in. (216 mm)
of the harshest and most demanding gas compres- stroke in 1930. That six-cylinder model 6LRO, with a dis-
sion, power generation and mechanical drive applications. placement of 2894 cu.in. (47.4 L), became the standard of
In particular, the model 7042 V12 has been widely used the oil fields.
for driving gas compressors. In 1969, the Diesel and Gas Enjoying a niche in the oil patch, by 1935 Waukesha
Turbine Catalog featured an installation of two dozen 7042s evolved this frame size into the model 6LRH engine, a low-
rated at 1000 hp (746 kW) at 1000 rpm driving Worthing- compression, fuel-injected, spark-ignited, multifuel engine
ton CUB compressors in reinjection service at the Kaybob that could burn just about any kind of fuel. In 1949, the
South gas field in Alberta. model 6RLD, the first diesel version of the 8.5 x 8.5 engine,
But the VHPs roots go back as far as the early 1920s, went into production. That same year, a 9.375 in. (238 mm)
when Waukesha Motor Co. introduced multicylinder internal bore version, the model 6LRZ with a displacement of 3520
combustion engines to the oil fields of East Texas. As the continued on page 99

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