ROTARY SCREW PACKAGER’S STANDARDS

SECTION 3 - SKID DESIGN AND FABRICATION
Supporting Calculations Documentation
It is strongly recommended the Packager retain any supporting calculations made by the
Packager and/or consultant. The Packager must consider dynamic forces, as well as static
forces, when designing the skid. Ariel can provide the following rotary compressor information
upon special request. If there is a question as to whether or not a special study is recommended, please contact Ariel Applications Engineering Department.
- Torque/Speed Curves - Compressor application specific
- Torque Effort Curves - Compressor application specific
- Allowable Forces and Moments at Compressor Flanges - ER-66.1 (Appendix F)
- Mass Elastic Data - included in the Ariel Performance Program

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The skid design and pedestal must include adequate structural support under
the compressor and other critical components, with proper tie-down to transmit
shaking forces to the foundation.
The skid and pedestal shall be designed with sufficient stiffness and strength so
the compressor can be mounted flat with no bending or twisting of the compressor frame. The skid and pedestal must have enough stiffness and mass to limit
skid and pedestal deflection induced by the rotating equipment to 0.002 inches
(0.05mm) or less. The foundation or deck must also meet these same criteria.
Skid and pedestal beams should have gussets at support points.
The skid and pedestal must have sufficient stiffness between the driver and
compressor so that the torque reaction between them does not cause twisting.
The skid and pedestal stiffness should be enough that the alignment between
the driver and compressor is affected only minimally during shipment and subsequent relocations. Drive train alignment should always be checked and corrected after relocating a package.
Support points should be flat and parallel to the compressor mounting feet. Support off of deck plate alone may not be sufficient if it adversely affects drive train
alignment.
Ariel RG model compressors are available with conventional four-feet mounting
or with three-point mounting using an SAE bell housing mounting-flange
designed to be attached directly to the driver. The preferred three point mounting method uses two compressor feet and the SAE bell housing to attach the
compressor to its pedestal and to the driver flange. See Figure 3-1.

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so that acceptable compressor alignment tolerances are maintained. mounted on the user's foundation or deck. including the foundation or deck.05 for the RG-M models. please contact the Ariel Technical Services Department. or under two feet for a 3-point mounting. Ensure the mechanical natural frequency of the skid and pedestal package. TABLE 3-1: ROTOR SPEEDS COMPRESSOR MODEL GEAR RATIO MALE/FEMALE ROTORS MINIMUM ROTOR SPEED MALE/ FEMALE. Every installed compressor package has several natural frequencies. This may be accomplished by incorporating a laterally stiff pedestal with shim points or adjustable chocks or grout boxes (epoxy filled. This will require packager coordination with the designer of the foundation or deck. self-leveling mounts) or careful grouting under the compressor feet when using 4-point mounting.Typical 7. Compressor thermal growth information is available in ER-58. piping. and torque should be in accordance with Ariel ER-26. If there are any questions.1. RPM RG282/RG282M RG357M 4/6 4/6 1040 / 693 840 / 560 4050 / 2700 3230 / 2153 Maximum and minimum speed and normal operating speed range should be forwarded to the end user along with a caution to examine off-skid and pedestal structure. or further explanation is required.ROTARY SCREW PACKAGER’S STANDARDS SAE Flange Mount Reciprocating Engine . The compressor mounting feet must be supported in a fashion that provides both vertical and lateral support. or the outline drawings for other models. 8. Refer to the Data Book or appropriate compressor Technical Manual for compressor weights and recommended lifting points. is not excited by the compressor. Do not attempt to lift compressor still attached to the driver as an assembly. length. RPM MAXIMUM ROTOR SPEED MALE/ FEMALE. Each frequency is a function of the stiffness and mass of the entire system. PAGE 2 OF 4 REV 5 ER-58. The Ariel supplied eyebolts for lifting the compressor only are not designed for high side loads.03 . 10. Compressor hold down bolting size. material. 9. instrumentation and equipment for resonance.Driver Compressor Pedestal Discharge End Feet (2) Engine Pedestal Package Structural Support Skid Figure 3-1 Engine/RG Compressor Bell House Mounting . Compressor handling must be done carefully.

hydraulic cylinders. The overall machine vibration levels primarily consist of the fundamental rotor mesh frequency and harmonics. oil system components (including housing and system component drains). mechanical seal and oil pump removal. the brace is to be bolted to a Packager provided structural support that is attached to the skid for reducing vibration in the hydraulic cylinder assemblies. Vibration measurements are to be taken on the compressor pedestal very near the compressor feet. FIGURE 3-2: RG-M HYDRAULIC CYLINDER BRACE SUPPORT Compressor Vibration Limits Machine casing vibrations will be evaluated in units of velocity.RG-M RG-M compressors are equipped with a brace between the hydraulic cylinders that actuate the Vi and capacity valves. The brace has two 1/2-13 UNC tapped holes. Package layout and assembly must be such that clear maintenance access is not hindered. To bolt the brace to the skid-package structual support. RMS or (mm/s.1. Refer to the appropriate outline drawing for minimum access clearance distances. The table below defines the vibration limits.03 . If mechanical vibration analysis indicates.ROTARY SCREW PACKAGER’S STANDARDS 11. Hydraulic Cylinder Brace Support . use grade 8 cap screws with Loctite 242 tightened to the torque value given in ER-63. inches per second. This would include clear access for capacity control devices. IPS. A PAGE 3 OF 4 REV 5 ER-58. RMS) in the frequency range of 10 to 1000 Hz. The figure below identifies the measurement locations on the compressor casing.

a spectral analysis should be performed on the unit by a qualified vibration specialist. PAGE 4 OF 4 REV 5 ER-58.2) < 1.03 .ROTARY SCREW PACKAGER’S STANDARDS heavy duty pedestal mount is recommended to minimize machine vibration. separators.) < 0. Contact the distributor for these limits.1) No-Bell Gearbox Vibration Measurement Locations Thrust Bearings: 1. Axial FIGURE 3-3: RG AND RG-M CASING MEASUREMENT LOCATIONS NOTES: • • Ariel does not recommend limits for skid piping. TABLE 3-2: VIBRATION LIMITS .44 (< 11.5 (< 38.e. Vertical Jackshaft Bearing (Engine Side) 6. Axial Jackshaft Bearing (Compressor Side) 4. tubing. actuators. Vertical 3.8) < 0. etc. Horizontal 7. If a vibration problem is perceived. Horizontal 5.15 (< 3. Horizontal 2. and scrubbers. Vertical 8.RG & RG-M MODELS LOCATION IPS (mm/s) RMS Pedestal/Base/Skid Compressor Casing Compressor Auxiliaries mounted by Ariel (i.