This Gas Machinery Research Council (GMRC) class will provide attendees with the knowledge and tools to better identify, specify, address and resolve vibration issues affecting reciprocating compressors. The impact of equipment selection, operation and piping layout on pulsation, vibration and performance will be discussed. Attendees will actively participate in designing pulsation control and identifying support locations using tools provided by the presenters. An overview of torsional vibration and its impact on the design process will also be provided. The course draws on expertise, experience and best practices from senior industry experts

This will be an interactive class. Case studies incorporating actual compressor stations will be utilized, using different scenarios for the class to role play – and make decisions. The program will also include detailed computer modeling to make the scenarios realistic – with actual pulsation and vibration outcomes.

Course Content

  • Compressor Design Process to Improve Reliability
  • Vibration Overview
  • Compressor Operation and Performance and Their Impact On Vibration
  • Pulsation Analysis Throughout the Piping System
  • Mechanical Resonance in the Piping, Skid and Foundation
  • Torsional Vibration
  • Small Bore Piping
  • Piping Layout Considerations
  • Overview of Centrifugal Compressor Vibration Issues

 Who Should Attend

The course is recommended for technicians and engineers involved in compressor design or troubleshooting. This includes rotating specialists, design staff and field engineers 


Leading subject matter experts developed the program.  The task force/instructor list includes:

Additional contributors 

  • Michael Smith
  • Ralph Harris, Ariel Corp.
  • Brian Howes, Wood Group - Vibration, Dynamics & Noise
  • Christine Scrivner, Kinder Morgan

Our sincere thanks to the companies and individuals whose time and talent made this workshop possible.  

 Professional Development Hours

This course qualifies for 18 Professional Development Hours.

Event Information

  • Course Fee: $795 for GMRC company employees;  $1095 for Non-members
  • Schedule: Class times are 8 am - 4 pm Tuesday/Wednesday, and 8 am to noon Thursday.
  • Each participant will receive a comprehensive workbook, a valuable resource that will provide benefits long after the completion of the class.
  • Breakfast, lunch and refreshment breaks provided
  • Questions? Email .


Contact GMRC at or phone (972) 620-4012

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Past event information may include presentations, documents, agendas, photos, or other information.  Click on a link below to view more information for a particular event:

2015 Compressor Station Vibration and the Impact on Performance, Cost and Reliability

2014 Compressor Station Vibration and the Impact on Performance, Cost and Reliability

2012 Compressor Station Vibrations: Impact on Performance, Cost & Reliability