February 2017

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Reliability: The risks of deferred compressor maintenance

At a recent conference attended by failure investigation professionals in San Antonio, Texas, a participant spoke about an explosion and fire event on a multistage horizontally opposed compressor in oxygen (O2) service. He had scant data, but he knew the machine did not have cylinder lubrication.

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

At a recent conference attended by failure investigation professionals in San Antonio, Texas, a participant spoke about an explosion and fire event on a multistage horizontally opposed compressor in oxygen (O2) service. He had scant data, but he knew the machine did not have cylinder lubrication. Pure O2 and lubricants cannot coexist, which means that non-lubricated compressors must be used in O2 service. Moving compressor pistons cannot be allowed to scrape on cylinder walls. Therefore, on horizontally arranged compressors, the pistons are fitted with Teflon, or even more advanced carbon-containing, high-performance polymer rider bands.1 These rider bands make sliding contact with the cyli

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