1. Forsthoffer's Rotating Equipment Handbooks

1. Forsthoffer's Rotating Equipment Handbooks

Fundamentals of Rotating Equipment

1st Edition - November 11, 2005

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  • Author: William Forsthoffer
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080949321
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781856174671

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'Fundamentals of Rotating Equipment' is an overview of the main types of rotating machinery in industry, and covers such aspects as system dynamics, surge control, vibration and balancing, radial bearing design, performance parameters, rotor system design and operation, rotor axial (thrust) forces, performance objectives and mechanical restraints, auxiliary systems and seals.This book will enhance rotating equipment reliability and safety throughout the many industries where such equipment is vital to a successful business.Over recent years there have been substantial changes in those industries which are concerned with the design, purchase and use of special purpose (ie critical, high-revenue) rotating equipment. Key personnel have been the victims of early retirement or have moved to other industries: contractors and end-users have reduced their technical staff and consequently have to learn complex material ‘from scratch’. As a result, many companies are finding that they are devoting unnecessary man hours to the discovery and explanation of basic principles, and having to explain these to clients who should already be aware of them. In addition, the lack of understanding by contractors and users of equipment characteristics and operating systems often results in a ‘wrong fit’ and a costly reliability problem. The stakes can be high, and it against this background that this book has been published. It is the outcome of many years experience and is based on well-honed teaching material which is easily readable, understandable and actually enjoyable!This is a five volume set. The volumes are: 1. Fundamentals of Rotating Equipment 2. Pumps 3. Compressors 4. Auxiliary Systems5. Reliability Optimization thru Component Condition Monitoring and Root Cause Analysis

Key Features

* A distillation of many years of on-site training by a well-known US Engineer who also operates in the Middle East.
* A Practical book written in a succinct style and well illustrated throughout.
* An overview of the main types of rotating machinery in industry.


Any company employing maintenance engineers and technicians, especially gas, oil, water, mining, chemical and other process industries.

Table of Contents

  • Rotating equipment overview; compressor characteristics; operation of a compressor in a system; pump types and applications; pump performance data; centrifugal pump hydraulic disturbances; pump mechanical design; mechanical seals; compressor types and applications; the concept of fluid head; performance relationships; surge (stall) and stonewall; the effect of a gas density change; turbo-compressor mechanical design overview; radial bearing design; rotar axial (thrust) forces; compressor seal system overview and types; reciprocating compressors major component functions; flexible coupling design, installation and operation; steam turbine function and types; steam turbine performance; steam turbine mechanical design overview; steam turbine inlet steam regulation; steam turbine control/ protection systems; steam turbine operation; gas turbine types and applications; gas turbine performance; gas turbine mechanical design; gas turbine support systems; gas turbine control and protection; lubrication system overview and types; monitoring reliability and component condition; conversions to metric system; index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 528
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier Science 2005
  • Published: November 11, 2005
  • Imprint: Elsevier Science
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080949321
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781856174671

About the Author

William Forsthoffer

William Forsthoffer
President of Forsthoffer and Associates USA. Bill has authored 6 successful books at Elsevier, including Machinery Best Practices in 2011. He has 60 years’ experience in the Rotating Machinery Industry as a rotating machinery designer, project leader and trouble-shooter and has visited over 500 Plants Globally. Bill has had the opportunity to be involved with all types of rotating machinery: pumps, compressors, gears, mixers, extruders, melt pumps, steam turbines gas turbines, centrifuges, spin dryers and their associated components (Rotors, Bearings, Seals and Support Systems). His involvement has consisted of total component and system centrifugal compressor design for De Laval (Siemens), specification writing for ExxonMobil, selection of all types of rotating equipment for all major vendors, design audits, shop testing, start-up and troubleshooting for all major gas processing chemical and refining companies world-wide.

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President, Forsthoffer, Associates, USA

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