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Full load testing in the platform module prior to tow-out: A case history of subsynchronous instabilityAn electric motor driven centrifugal compressor to supply gas for further compression and reinjection on a petroleum production platform in the North Sea was examined. The compressor design, raised concerns about susceptibility to subsynchronous instability. Log decrement, aerodynamic features, and the experience of other compressors with similar ratios of operating to critical speed ratio versus gas density led to the decision to full load test. Mixed hydrocarbon gas was chosen for the test to meet discharge temperature restrictions. The module was used as the test site. Subsynchronous vibrations made the compressor inoperable above approximately one-half the rated discharge pressure of 14500 kPa. Modifications, which includes shortening the bearing span, change of leakage inlet flow direction on the back to back labyrinth, and removal of the vaned diffusers on all stages were made simultaneously. The compressor is operating with satisfactory vibration levels.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Fulton, J. W.
(Exxon Research and Engineering Co. Florham Park, NJ, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
December 1, 1984
Publication Information
Publication: NASA. Lewis Research Center Rotordynamic Instability Problems in High-Performance Turbomachinery
Subject Category
Mechanical Engineering
Accession Number
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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