Centrifugal Compressor Training


Howden Training Centre, Rheden-NL | Centrifugal Compressors Generic-4 days

Centrifugal Compressor | CCGC

Program is developed for mixed group of operations, instrumentation and maintenance staff, managers and engineers, new hired or experienced, to gain knowledge that is

  • Generic about all centrifugal compressors and its processes or,
  • Specifically on the centrifugal compressor as installed with its systems, instrumentation and controls.

Please note that multiple compressor types covered in one course need more days or a different program.

To develop a specific program that exactly meets your demands please contact our Training Centre.

  • Max. 15 trainees in a classroom at customer’s site

Course Content



  • Make acquaintance
  • Safety First- Think safe, Act safe!!
  • Presentation of the program
  • Introduction of Howden

An introduction to compression

  • General arrangement of the compressor unit
  • Intro to parts
  • Working principle

Practical compressor theory

  • Thermodynamic / gas laws
  • Compression process
  • Single stage & Multi-stage compression
  • Compressor characteristics
  • Normal operating range
  • Slope of the curve
  • Blade angle effect
  • Gas composition effect
  • Stonewall / Surge
  • Introduction anti-surge control systems

Compressor systems introduction

  • The lube & seal oil systems
  • The process gas system

Compressor hardware

  • Construction
  • End walls
  • Sealing
  • Supports
  • Rotor types
  • The impellers
  • Impeller fabrication
  • Axial forces
  • The balance drum
  • Materials
  • Diaphragms
  • Shaft seals
  • Journal bearings; tilting pad, pressure dam, elliptical, magnetic
  • Thrust bearings, tapered land and pressure equalizing

How to control the centrifugal compressor

  • Introduction
  • Constant speed curves
  • Effect of changing gas conditions
  • Variable speed performance curves
  • Constant suction pressure control
  • Constant discharge pressure control
  • Speed variation
  • Variable inlet guide vanes
  • Mass flow control
  • Compressors in series
  • Compressors in parallel
  • Anti-surge control systems (basics)

Compressor lubrication and seal oil systems

  • System and oil specifications
  • System hardware: Reservoirs, Oil pumps, Oil filters, Oil coolers, Control valves, Accumulators, Seal oil drain pots, Degassing tanks, Overhead rundown tanks.
  • Lube and seal oil systems according to API 614
  • Combined and separate lube and seal oil systems
  • P&ID’s

Buffer gas systems

  • Single stage compressors Multi-stage compressors with subatmospheric suction pressures and with suction pressures above atmospheric
  • The systems of a dry gas seal

Compressor operation

  • Safety precautions
  • Initial start-up
  • Routine start-up and shutdown
  • Operating checks
  • Performance evaluation

Compressor maintenance

  • General Safety precautions
  • Inspection program
  • Lube and seal oil systems
  • Journal and thrust bearings
  • Shaft seals
  • Disassembling & assembling a horizontal split line compressor
  • Disassembling & assembling a barrel compressor
  • Inspection of the rotor, labyrinths and diaphragms
  • Clearances
  • Balancing the rotor
  • Special areas

Coupling alignment methods


Trouble shooting guide


Compressor process evaluation

  • Examples

End of Course

  • Question Time
  • Evaluation of the course

Venue & Contact Details

Course Venue Address  
Howden - Training Centre Compressors  
Havelandseweg 8a  
6991 GS Rheden,  
The Netherlands

Howden Thomassen Compressors  

Contact Name: Jeroen Kool / Hans Boesveld  
Email: compressortraining@howden.com  
Phone:+31 26 4975200


Order your training

Training Type



Course Code







Howden Training Centre, Rheden-NL









8:30h - 16:30h






4 days


Course Name

Centrifugal Compressors Generic-4 days


Price per person

2,150.00 euro


Product Type

Centrifugal Compressor


Confirmation of registration

After the participant has been registered HTC will send the letter of confirmation to you as soon as possible with a copy to the participant. This letter will contain:

  • The confirmation of registration with: PO number, HTC order number, price (ex.VAT), and Course type, Course dates and Name of the participant(s).
  • Additional course information with: Course location and directions, Course start dates and times, Parking label, Information about recommended Hotels, HTC contact information.


Cancellation of registration

After the registration has been confirmed cancellations may be made without penalty up to five (5) working days before the starting date. Cancellations made later than that, or applicants who do not attend the course, will be charged the full fee.

The maximum number of participants is 8. A course may be cancelled by Howden if the minimum number is not reached at the latest one week before the course starting date.

Pricing and payments

Prices are specified on the website and in the registration documents and are invoiced on completion of the course.

Invoice must be fully paid within 30 days after date on invoice.

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