Emergency Rebuild of Dry Hydrogen Compressor

March 13, 2017

When a compressor for dry hydrogen experienced an emergency shutdown, Burckhardt Compression experts were quickly at the customer's side to investigate the cause and to bring the compressor back to operation – safely and reliably.

Customer Challenges:

  • Shutdown through client when a loud noise was noticed and the compressor was vibrating out of normal conditions
  • Compressor alarm devices have failed and allowed the compressor to keep running
  • Main cause due to bearing sleeve not pinned and allowed to spin
  • Reasonable suspicion that something has been broken

 

Application Description:

Type Other brand process gas compressor Gas Hydrogen
Power 340 kW / 455 hp Suction Pressure

Discharge Pressure

1 bara / 15 psia

13 bara / 195 psia

Speed 600 rpm Lubrication Pressure lube system

Burckhardt Compression Solution:

  • A Burckhardt Compression reciprocating specialist was deployed to the site for consultation
  • Root cause analysis (RCA) of major crank gear components executed with OEM know-how
  • Entire lower frame with crank gear had to be removed and replaced because of severe damage to the crank gear
  • Replacement and upgrade of sensor controls
  • Transparent and good communication, trust in competencies of Burckhardt Compression

 

Customer Benefits:

  • RCA for clear understanding and future prevention of the failure
  • Fast reaction and flexibility to solve the issue in short time
  • Close collaboration with customer, Burckhardt Compression stayed on site until the compressor was rebuilt and successfully commissioned
  • Put alarm system in reliable function