Reciprocating Compressor Training


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

Reciprocating Compressor | RCGC

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 reciprocating compressors and its processes.

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
  • Discussion of subjects of special interest to the participants

An introduction to compression

  • General arrangement of the compressor unit
  • Working principle: p-V diagram
  • Process limits
  • Mechanical limits

Practical compressor theory

  • Thermodynamic laws
  • Gas laws
  • Compression process
  • Single stage & Multi-stage compression

Compressor systems introduction

  • Lube oil system
  • Cylinder lubrication system
  • Water systems
  • Process gas system

Compressor parts description

  • Frame and crankshaft
  • Auxiliary equipment on the frame
  • Foundation bolts
  • Couplings-Crosshead guide
  • Crosshead and shoes
  • Piston rod crosshead connections
  • Connecting rod
  • Compartments
  • Compartment seals
  • Cylinder assembly
  • Pistons
  • The Howden Free Floating Piston
  • Piston rod
  • Stuffing box and liner
  • Compressor valves & actuators
  • Bearings

Compressor Specification sheets


Compressor systems

  • The lube oil systems
  • The cylinder lubrication systems and adjustment procedures
  • The water systems
  • The process gas systems
  • System components, P&ID’s

Compressor control

  • The p-V diagram
  • Work and power requirements
  • Variable suction pressure versus power requirement
  • Suction line throttling
  • Rod loads
  • Clearance volume control
  • Suction valve lifting
  • Hydrocom system
  • Speed control
  • Start-stop control

Compressor operation

  • Safety precautions
  • Start-up procedures
  • Compressor during operation
  • Stopping procedures
  • Compressor behaviour at changing process conditions
  • Operating limits reciprocating compressors

Condition Monitoring subjects

  • Lube oil
  • Piston rod drop
  • Impact measurements (loose parts and liquid formation)
  • Valve temperature
  • Bearing temperature
  • Stuffing box leakages
  • Trending
  • p-V diagrams
  • Valve behaviour
  • Expansion and compression
  • Rod loads

Compressor maintenance

  • General
  • Safety precautions
  • Special tools
  • Maintenance schedules
  • Compressor valves
  • Piston rod disassembly
  • Cross head pin bushing
  • Bearings
  • Cross head and connecting rod
  • Stuffing box
  • Piston disassembly and assembly
  • Measuring the crankshaft
  • Shaft alignment with crankshaft deflections
  • Clearances / Reject clearances

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  
Phone:+31 26 4975200


Order your training

Training Type



Course Code







Howden Training Centre, Rheden-NL









8:30h - 16:30h






4 days


Course Name

Reciprocating Compressors Generic-4 days


Price per person

2,150.00 euro


Product Type

Reciprocating 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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