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Rotordynamic Comparison of Built-Up Versus Solid Rotor Construction

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J. Jeffrey Moore, Andrew H. Lerche

Southwest Research Institute® , San Antonio, TX

Paper No. GT2009-59392, pp. 779-784; 6 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2009: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 6: Structures and Dynamics, Parts A and B
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, June 8–12, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4887-6 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3849-5
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


Most manufacturers of multi-stage centrifugal compressors for the oil and gas industry utilize a solid shaft rotor construction. The impellers use a shrink fit onto the shaft with spacers in between the impellers. With the introduction of the guidelines in the 7th edition of API 617, built-up rotors for centrifugal compressors using a tie-bolt are recognized by API. This study compares the rotordynamic performance of the identical compressor using both a tie-bolt design and a more conventional solid rotor for a two-stage pipeline application. A full API 617 lateral analysis is performed on the two designs, assuming identical impeller flow path, stage spacing, and hub diameter. The critical speed and unbalance response are computed, and a full Level 2 stability analysis is performed for each case. The results show the tie-bolt construction to be slightly lighter and stiffer, resulting in a higher critical speed and improved rotordynamic stability.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME
Topics: Construction , Rotors



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