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Hyper Compressor Tungsten Carbide Plunger Repair

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Randy Manuel

Alloy Carbide Company, Houston, TX

Paper No. PVP2013-97578, pp. V005T05A005; 7 pages
doi:10.1115/PVP2013-97578
From:
  • ASME 2013 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 5: High-Pressure Technology; ASME NDE Division; Rudy Scavuzzo Student Paper Symposium
  • Paris, France, July 14–18, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division, Nondestructive Evaluation Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5569-0
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME

abstract

Solid Tungsten carbide plungers are the primary choice for hyper compressors for manufacturing Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE.) However, tungsten carbide plungers in this severe service is susceptible to premature failures and/or short runs due to gas leakage from the running combinations of lubrication, packing and plunger surface. Thermal fatigue (heat checking), fretting, corrosion and scoring are common problems found on the plunger surface resulting in premature leakage or even plunger breakage. This paper elaborates on these plunger problems, repairs and possible reasons for these surface defects.

Copyright © 2013 by ASME

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