Behind the scenes
In the first six months of 2004Cryostar received orders for 14expander re-compressor units,all equipped with active ma-gnetic bearings. This machinetype is called MTC. Among itscustomers are Daelim, Toyo,Aker Kvaerner Engineering &Technologies and Japan GasCorporation (JGC).In every case, dedicated projectmanagers ensure a smooth part-nership between the customer,the end-client and Cryostar. Allcabinets and related softwareare entirely engineered by Cryo-star. This is a real advantage asit simplifies the workflow of aproject.During any hydrocarbon pro-ject, a team of highly skilledCryostar engineers will analysethe customer’s requirements inminute detail.This allows for the cryogenicexpander to be designed for per-fect integration into a customer’sprocess. This involves impellers,nozzles and diffusers being cus-tomised for individual projectsusing the latest state-of-the-artengineering tools.Cryostar engineers design thenozzles, diffusers, machine com-ponents (with the exception of the bearings), related auxiliarysystems and the wheels.The wheel is engineered toachieve optimum efficiency in awide range of operating condi-tions. Since high reliability, withminimal shutdown periods, isa staple customer requirementaround the world, each wheel isrigorously tested and analysed.At an early stage of the order,a modal analysis and resonanceassessment are done. Once thewheel is fabricated, the predic-tions of the finite element analy-sis are verified using real-timeinterferometric holography.Every cryogenic expander isalso adapted to conform to thehazardous zone specified by the
Before any product is designed, tested, delivered and installed for customers, Cryostaris a hive of behind the scenes activity. Here, Cryostar Magazine looks at the cryogenicexpander offering for hydrocarbon processes...
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