Application Support and Design Tips

for Reciprocating Compressors

Application Support

It's easy to get confused with the jargon, misinformation and loosely-used terms that abound in the industry. Based on the issues that come up most frequently, BETA compiled the following list of resources. We hope this is helpful.

Is there another issue you need help with? Please contact us for assistance.


AppNote 1a Other studies - skidbuilding a compressor packagecustomer support and education
pulsation and vibration studies

> New 5th Edition of API 618 for Pulsation and Vibration Studies
What is new? How does it affect your project? Why is it the standard for pulsation/vibration studies?


> What Scope is Recommended for a Vibration Study?
A fast way to assess your compressor application.


> Online Training
Also available on DVD (Contact Us), illustrates pulsations, dynamic forces, resonance, and unbalanced forces on piping system.


> Application Note 1a for Other Studies
Besides pulsation and vibration control (mechanical design), API 618 also addresses torsional vibration, dynamic skid design, piping system flexibility (thermal), and foundation design.


> Bottle Sizing in One Day
BETA's service to speed up the fabrication process.


>Tips for a Successful Project
Ideas to save you time, money, and improve machinery reliability.


> Specification for Reciprocating Compressors - Vibration Study
What to include in compressor specs to ensure an acceptable vibration study per API 618.


> Dynamic Pressure Drop
How does this affect your design, compressor performance, and more?


> Variable Speeds (Engine or VFD)
How this affects vibration on your compressor

> Structural Dynamics - Platforms and FPSOs
Offshore Applications


 > Guidelines, Calculators, Converters
Interactive and convenient tools.

> Dynamic Analysis of Recip Compressors on FPSO Topside Modules
Unique design considerations for compressors mounted on platforms or FPSOs


 > DataMiner2
Goal: ensure the compressor meets the required capacity and pressures.

> Other Application Notes
More tips for improved designs.


> Assess Compressor Risk in 5 Minutes


> Are You Paying TOO Much for Your Skid, Bottles, etc.?
The hidden costs that can eat your lunch.


> Two Kinds of Pulsation Studies
It's important to be aware of the differences to compare apples to apples.

> Glossary of Terms