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Troubleshooting of Sub-Synchronous Vibration of API 617 Multistage Gas Compressor at Factory Test

Sultan Alshneiber | Reliability Engineer, Saudi Aramco
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Summary

Sub-synchronous vibration “SSV” troubleshooting is challenge especially during mechanical run test of API 617 centrifugal compressor. This presentation discusses the possible causes of the SSV in addition to share the troubleshooting and finding of new multistage API 617 compressor experienced SSV at the factory acceptance test. The presented case shows the influence of the axial float and the thrust bearing lubrication on the SSV appearance.

About the Presenters

Sultan is a Mechatronics Engineer graduated from California State University Chico. He works as a reliability engineer in Abqaiq Plants Maintenance Department. Sultan support operation and maintenance departments in different tasks such as trip investigations, overhauling equipment, troubleshooting, evaluate new technologies, MTBF analysis, assessments and studies on rotating equipment.

Hattan is a senior rotation equipment engineer with bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is working with Saudi Aramco at Abqaiq Plants since 2007. He has experience in rotation equipment failure analysis, reliability, maintenance strategies and condition monitoring. He is certified as CMRP, CRL Vibration Cat VI and Thermography Cat I.

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Sultan Alshneiber Reliability Engineer, Saudi Aramco

Sultan Al-Shneiber is a Reliability Engineer working with Saudi Aramco, Abqaiq Plants. He is driven by the knowledge of Mechatronics Engineering from California State University Chico. He supports operation and maintenance in different tasks such as trip investigations, overhauling equipment, troubleshooting, evaluate new technologies, MTBF analysis, assessments and studies on rotating equipment.