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One of the basic problems with any machine is unwanted vibration. Because the machine has dynamic rotation, or rotation plus reciprocating action, vibration will be present primarily because of unbalance. In a reciprocating compressor, the unbalance can be controlled by design, if the number of cylinders can be selected and properly arranged relative to the process requirement. In the rotary compressors, including the dynamic types, the designer has more control, as these compressors have no inherent shaking forces. While unbalance is a major source of vibration in compressors, careful attention to the rotating element in the entire design and manufacturing cycle and proper field maintenance can solve many of the problems.

While unbalance may be the forcing function, resonances within the compressor are another factor in vibration. The resonances take almost insignificant exciting forces and magnify them to a level to cause problems. These resonances must be identified and somehow controlled. Tuning them out of the operating range is preferred. If this proves impractical, as a last resort, damping can be used to minimize the effect of resonance.

Other sources, such as compression temperature rise, driver-induced vibration, or component problems (bows) can contribute to the machine shaking. These must be treated as they occur. As a minimum, care musr be used to understand the nature of the sources to keep them from inter acting with the resonant frequencies of the compressor. The best remedy is to stop the excitation at the source. If this is not possible, selective tuning and proper application of damping must be used.

If the vibrations are left unchecked, damage to the compressor will occur, such as premature failure of bearings and seals, or packing rubs, and, in extreme cases, major component fatigue and failure. Secondary effects may result from the shaking forces being transmitted through the frame to the foundation. Damage may result to the foundation, particularly with reciprocating compressors. Interaction with other equipment in the area is also a concern. If there are people working in the area of a shaking compressor, there may be motion sickness or other physiological effects. Because of the potential for damage or problems, a basic understanding of the nature of, and possible remedies to, the more common vibrations is necessary.

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