GMRC Research Projects

 

NOW ACCEPTING PROPOSALS FOR GMRC 2017 RESEARCH PROJECTS

Project topics we are accepting proposals on:

  • Minimizing Lube Oil in Reciprocating Compressor Cylinders, particularly theoretical work
  • Noise Characterization from piping and machinery including mitigation/suppression techniques
  • Hot Surfaces in potentially hazardous environments, limitations and/or specifications
  • Flex Hoses on machinery, reliability, failures, inspection and testing techniques, design considerations
  • Centrifugal Compressor Dry Gas Seals, failure modes and techniques for avoiding failures and improving reliability
  • Other topics may be submitted for consideration.

Project Proposal Short Form  - click here  Use this form to submit a research proposal for consideration by the GMRC Project Supervisory Committee (PSC).  The form should be emailed to Jane Butler or fax 972-620-1613

GMRC PROJECT SUPERVISORY COMMITTEE 2016

Scott Schubring, Chairman, The Williams Companies; Josh Shaver, Vice Chair/Secretary, Atmos Energy; Kary Saleeby, Past Chairman, ExxonMobil Corp.; Clint Lingel, Ariel Corporation; Everette Johnson, GE Oil & Gas; David Krenek, Caterpillar; Christine Scrivner, Kinder Morgan; Rainer Kurz, Solar Turbines Incorporated; Richard Fink, Spectra Energy; Gary Bourn, Anadarko Petroleum Corp.; Scott Delmotte, Dresser-Rand; Michael Matheidas, ExxonMobil

RECENT GMRC RESEARCH PROJECTS

Guidelines and Recommended Practice for Control of Torsional Vibrations for Direct-Driven Lo-Speed and High-Speed Separable Reciprocating Compressor
Project Champion: W. Norm Shade, ACI Services
Provide a valuable Guideline for torsional analysis and measurements for the benefit of member companies and others in the industry. Following its recommended practices will result in more reliable compressor systems.

Predicting the Power Loss of Reciprocating Compressor Manifolds (Phase 2)
Project Champions: TransCanada Pipelines, Beta Machinery Analysis, and NOVA Research and Technology Corporation.
The result of this project will be a detailed plan that presents a road map that will define the approach for measuring the HP consumed in acoustic manifolds, investigate the use of scale testing to reduce the costs of generating and evaluating multiple configurations, and evaluate the potential role of CFD in the effort.

Recommended Approach for Calculating the Power Loss of Reciprocating Compressor Manifolds (Phase 2, Part of Predicting Power Loss Project)
Project Champions: TransCanada Pipelines, Beta Machinery Analysis, and NOVA Research and Technology Corporation.
The result will be a written detailed procedure for applying the power loss calculation method to compressor design.

Development of a Theoretical Basis for Oil Consumption in Reciprocating Compressor Cylinders
Project Champions: Rochester Institute of Technology
A good theoretical understanding of the relative contributions to oil consumption while maintaining acceptable wear rates of the many variables involved could significantly improve our understanding of the various influences resulting in more reliable, longer operation at lower operating costs.

Development of a Methodology for Including the Stiffness and Damping of the Motor Magnetic Field in the Torsional Analysis
Project Champions:  Dresser-Rand, Beta Machinery Analysis
This project is defining a method to address the stiffness and damping due to the motor’s magnetic field across the air gap that affects the torsional stresses in a motor-compressor system.

Improvements to Dry Gas Seal System Reliability
Project Champions: Solar Turbines, Southwest Research
The results of this study will be detailed in a comprehensive report that includes a summary of dry gas seal failure modes, a review of dry gas seal system options and their relative merits, and recommendations for maximizing system reliability.

The Current Understanding of Wet Gas Effects on Gas Machinery in the Oil & Gas Industry
Project Champions: Solar Turbines, Southwest Research
Develop a whitepaper that documents the current knowledge of wet gas in the Oil & Gas Industry. Gaps in the current knowledge of wet gas will be identified, and future research topics to close those gaps will be recommended.

Equation of State Comparisons for Pipeline Compression Applications
Project Champions: Solar Turbines, Southwest Research (joint project with PRCI)
The specific deliverable of this project will be a report with detailed comparisons of standard EOS’ over all relevant pipeline gas compositions and operating conditions. Recommendations will be provided on the best practices for usage and applicability of EOS’ for standard pipeline conditions. Recommendations will also be provided for appropriate values of uncertainties that should be used when utilizing various EOS’.  Raw data for comparison purposes will also be provided for all complementary physical property testing performed under this project.  

Reciprocating Compressor Performance Augmentation Network (PAN) Technology Full‐Scale Field Test Results

Pulsation Augmentation Network (PAN) technology employs a network of Tuning Section Transition (TST)‐collector junctions and manifold pipes for cancellation of pressure waves for pulsation control in reciprocating compressor systems. This eliminates virtually all the system pressure drop associated with pulsation control, which increases system efficiency and reduces the required BHP/MMSCFD. This is in contrast with conventional volume bottles, choke tubes and orifice plates that use damping, with resulting pressure drop, for pulsation control. PAN technology uses the same manifold network to time the reflection of pressure waves to the cylinder suction and discharge when the valves are open to further reduce the pressure differential that the cylinder has to pump against. This is similar to the now very common application of tuned intake and exhaust manifolds on high‐performance engines. This further reduces the adiabatic horsepower required for compression across a compressor station. It can also be used to increase the mass flow rate through the compressor for a specified driver power rating by increasing the suction pressure at the cylinder during the suction event, and it reduces the required BHP/MMSCFD and increases the efficiency for the compression process.  To access the complete document please contact admin@gmrc.org

OTHER GMRC RESEARCH PROJECT REPORTS:

FIELD GUIDE FOR FAILURE ANALYSIS - Simplified Guidelines for Data Collection and Preservation of Failed Parts - This guideline outlines the critical three step procedure for determining the root cause of failure - photograph, preserve and prepare.  Available as a laminated guide in the following quantity/price:  1-100 @ $3.00 each;  101 - 200 @ $2.75 each;  201-300 @ $2.50 each;  301 + @ $2.25 each. Contact Linda Todd at (972) 620-4013 or ltodd@southerngas.org to place an order.

NOMENCLATURE FOR GHG EMISSIONS: (joint project with PRCI)

GAS TURBINE FILTER EFFICIENCY: LIQUID AND SOLUBLE PARTICLES

COMPRESSOR STATION PIPING NOISE: NOISE MECHANISMS AND PREDICTION METHODS DESIGN GUIDELINE FOR SMALL DIAMETER BRANCH CONNECTIONS
RELEASE 1.0 March 2011

SMALL SCALE WASTE HEAT RECOVERY STUDY  joint project with PRCI.

GMRC-PRCI Branch Connection Guideline 3-31-11

Guideline for Gas Turbine Air Filtration Systems
This guideline summarizes the current technology and considerations for gas turbine inlet filtration systems. This document provides detailed information related to the consequences of poor inlet filtration, characteristics of air filters which are commercially available, review of different environments where a gas turbine can be installed, how to compare filtration system options based on life cycle cost analysis, which operation and maintenance practices should be performed and how filters are tested and classified.

Guideline for Field Testing Reciprocating Compressor Performance
Originally published as PCRC Report 84-10, this guideline has been updated and is a suggested best practice for field testing of reciprocating compressors. It applies to a typical reciprocating compressor or compressor package.

Application Guideline for Electric Motor Drive Equipment for Natural Gas Compression
This guideline addresses the need for practical guidance on electric motor drives for gas compressors. The guideline is directed to issues which are not addressed in detail by the existing IEEE electric motor standards or API compressor standards. The guideline is intended to educate the users of gas compression equipment who need to know how to specify the electric motor drive system and assure that the system design can support the power and speed range for the application.

Systems Mounting Guidelines for Separable Reciprocating Compressors in Pipeline Service
GMRC's objective was to develop a consensus best-practice guideline for the installation of pipeline reciprocating equipment. The intent is to ensure installations that are free from damaging vibrations, operate reliably with acceptable alignment over the long term and present the owner with affordable life cycle costs. The need for these guidelines was driven by a number of problem installations. The GMRC recognized that it was desirable for all segments of the industry to learn from such problems and to minimize or avoid them in the future.

Application Guideline for Centrifugal Compressor Surge Control Systems
This guideline provides a common reference on the required functionality of the surge control system components in different operations. This type of reference is needed because a better understanding of the surge control system design would benefit the user, system designer and compressor manufacturer alike. The guideline also provides the reader with methods of evaluating surge control system performance against recommended design criteria.

Guideline for Field Testing of Gas Turbine and Centrifugal Compressor Performance
This guideline is a suggested best practice for field testing of gas turbines and centrifugal compressors using basic rules for proper test procedures and standards.

GUIDELINE FOR ASSEMBLY AND MAINTENANCE OF BOLTED JOINTS IN HIGH VIBRATION ENVIRONMENTS (this project has been removed pending further review) 

GUIDELINE FOR ASSEMBLY AND MAINTENANCE OF BOLTED JOINTS IN HIGH VIBRATION ENVIRONMENTS (this project has been removed  GUIDELINE FOR ASSEMBLY AND MAINTENANCE OF BOLTED JOINTS IN HIGH VIBRATION ENVIRONMENTS (this project has been removed