Practical Process Compressors


This workshop guides you from the basics of thermodynamics to every practical aspect of air and gas compression as used in any process industry. It covers the principle, design, construction, operation and maintenance of the most commonly used types of compressors.

The compressors covered in this workshop include the different types of positive displacement and dynamic compressors. It discusses the special features of every compressor type, their range of operation, applications and limitations. Various aspects needed to size, select, operate, troubleshoot and maintain different types of compressors are covered in great detail.

The topics attempt to encompass the latest in compressor hardware and their manufacturing processes. It covers the various designs and materials of components and details their special features.

The interactions of components bring about the dynamics of gas compression. The correlation of thermodynamics theory to practical gas compression helps you to understand the fundamentals of compressor operation. This association has been done using many numerical examples. The behaviour of various compressor under different conditions is explained in a manner that makes it very simple to understand the how and why of their operation. The user would also be introduced to the various phenomena in gas compression that limit operation of compressor beyond certain limits.

Performance calculations are included and that enable you to evaluate the efficiency and energy requirement of compressors. This helps to benchmark their performance. These are shown as an important tool to trouble shoot compressor problems and aid in operating them in an efficient manner. The various formulae and empirical relationships required to size and select the different types of compressors are also covered.

A special focus is made on the dynamics of compressor machinery.  It introduces the user to rotordynamic concepts in rotating machines and various forces and moments in reciprocating machines.

The workshop covers the practical aspects of maintenance of the different compressor types. It covers the key stages of compressor overhaul and repair.

The workshop raises the knowledge bar by many notches for someone new to compressors while at the same proving to be a very good refresher and reference material for an expert in gas compression.


  • Receive a certificate of attendance in support of your continuing professional commitment
  • All workshops include the associated hardcopy technical manual
  • Printed workshop handouts
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Interact and network with workshop attendees and experienced instructors
  • Practical, industry driven content to assist you in your continuing professional development (CPD)
  • Attendees automatically become IDC subscribers and receive exclusive deals and technical content every month


Anyone who deals with design, operation and maintenance of compressors in the course of their work, including:

  • Asset managers
  • Contract managers
  • Electrical engineers
  • Maintenance engineers
  • Maintenance managers
  • Mechanical engineers
  • Municipal and regional planners
  • Operations managers
  • Professional engineers
  • Project managers
  • Reliability engineers
  • Technical managers
  • Utility advisors and planners



  • What is a compressor?
  • Compressor definitions


  • Gas laws and properties           
  • Calculating properties  
  • Thermodynamics basics           


  • Mechanics       
  • Parts of reciprocating compressor        
  • Troubleshooting compressor problems 
  • Maintenance of reciprocating compressors       


  • Principles         
  • Parts
  • Casing configurations   
  • Types of centrifugal compressors         
  • Performance of centrifugal compressors           
  • Performance coefficients          
  • Compressor capacity control   
  • Anti-surge controls      
  • Compressor sizing       
  • Rotor dynamics           
  • Maintenance of centrifugal compressors


  • Principles         
  • Construction    
  • Characteristic parameters         
  • Sizing and performance
  • Rotor dynamics
  • Capacity control
  • Maintenance

LOBE BLOWERS          

  • Principles         
  • Construction    
  • Selection of lobe blowers         
  • Maintenance of lobe blowers   


  • Principles         
  • Construction    
  • Performance curve       
  • Sizing  
  • Rotor dynamics
  • Maintenance of axial compressors

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