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April 1, 2014

Protecting Against Compressor Pulsations

Minimizing detrimental pulsation behavior by examining harmonics improves operations and safety

Ali Ghanbariannaeeni, Lloyd’s Register EMEA and Ghazalehsadat Ghazanfarihashemi, AMEC Group Ltd.

Operational problems in reciprocating compressors associated with pulsations include resonance conditions, high vibrations, degradation of support systems and increased risk for fatigue failures caused by dynamic forces. This article focuses on minimizing the magnitude of the harmonic forcing functions that cause pulsative activity in compressors....

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