Forsthoffer's Best Practice Handbook for Rotating Machinery

Optimize plant asset safety and reliability while minimizing operating costs with this invaluable guide to the engineering, operation and maintenance of rotating equipment

Based upon his multi-volume Rotating Equipment Handbooks, Forsthoffer’s Best Practice Handbook for Rotating Machinery summarises, expands and updates the content from these previous books in a convenient all-in-one volume. Offering comprehensive technical coverage and insider information on best practices derived from lessons learned in the engineering, operation and maintenance of a wide array of rotating equipment, this new title presents:

  • A unique "Best Practice" and "Lessons Learned" chapter framework, providing bite-sized, troubleshooting instruction on complex operation and maintenance issues across a wide array of industrial rotating machinery.
  • Five chapters of completely new material combined with updated material from earlier volumes, making this the most comprehensive and up-to-date handbook for rotary equipment currently available.

Intended for maintenance, engineering, operation and management, Forsthoffer’s Best Practice Handbook for Rotating Machinery is a one-stop resource, packed with a lifetime’s rotating machinery experience, to help you improve efficiency, safety, reliability and cost.


This book is relevant to you if you are an operator, maintenance engineer or technician, especially in gas, oil, water, mining, chemical, power and other process industries. Alternatively, if you are a middle manager you will appreciate the "best practices" framework of this book, which allows for quick and easy reference of tested and proven best practices in global equipment.

Hardbound, 672 Pages

Published: June 2011

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-0-08-096676-2


  • "Plant engineers, operators, millwrights, and anyone associated with the safe and reliable operation of rotating machinery in a plant will find this book to be a very useful reference. The listing of best practices, lessons learned, and supporting materials-obtained by the author over a 48-year time span during which he worked as a designer, end user, and consultant in the rotating machinery industry-will be invaluable to those mentioned above."--IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine, March/April


  • Preface and Acknowledgements
    About the Author
    How to use this book
    List of Best Practices
    List of Lessons Learnt
    Chapter 1 Project Best Practices
    Chapter 2 Pump Best Practices
    Chapter 3 Compressor Best Practices
    Chapter 4 Gear and Coupling Best Practices
    Chapter 5 Steam Turbine Best Practices
    Chapter 6 Gas Turbine Best Practices
    Chapter 7 Lube, Seal & Control Oil System Best Practices
    Chapter 8 Pump Mechanical Seal Flush Best Practices
    Chapter 9 Dry Gas Seal Best Practices
    Chapter 10 The Post Shipment Phase: Installation, Pre- Commissioning, Commissioning & Start-up Best Practices
    Chapter 11 Preventive and Predictive Maintenance Best Practices
    Chapter 12 Implementation and Communication Best Practices


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