Jun 15, 2021

Introduction to Centrifugal Compressors

Virtual Workshop

Event Overview

This workshop explains the working principles and components of centrifugal compressors and industrial gas turbines used in the oil and gas industry. Performance characteristics of compressors and their drivers are explained.  The application of these machines in different oil and gas applications is discussed. Finally, issues of packaging, seals, fuel and air, testing and condition monitoring are addressed.

This 4-hour workshop is part of a 2-part series.  June 2nd will cover Gas Turbines while June 15th will cover Centrifugal Compressors.  Attendees can register for one or both parts, with a discount offered to those who sign-up for both sessions.  To receive that discount, please reach out to Memberservices@southerngas.org after registering.


Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the components of centrifugal compressors and industrial gas turbines
  • Understand their working principles and applications
  • Understand their performance characteristics
  • Understand key maintenance issues


Who Should Attend

  • Young Engineers who want to learn to understand Turbomachinery
  • Experienced Engineers in the industry who want to refresh their knowledge

Meet the Instructor

Dr. Rainer Kurz, PhD., Solar Turbines


Rainer Kurz is the Manager, Systems Analysis at Solar Turbines Incorporated, in San Diego, California. His organization is responsible for predicting compressor and gas turbine performance, for conducting application studies, and for field performance testing. Dr. Kurz attended the Universitaet der Bundeswehr in Hamburg Germany, where he received the degree of a Dr.-Ing. in 1991.   He joined Solar Turbines in 1993, and holds his current position since 1995.


Dr. Kurz was elected ASME Fellow in 2003. He has authored numerous publications on turbomachinery related topics, with an emphasis on compressor applications, dynamic behavior, and gas turbine operation and degradation. Many of his publications were considered of archive quality and were accepted for publications in Engineering Journals. He has received several ‘Best Paper’ and ‘Best Tutorial’ Awards at the ASME TurboExpo Conferences and is the recipient of the 2013 Industrial Gas Turbine Technology award. He is a member of the GMRC Board of Directors, the GMC Organizing Committee and the GMRC Project Supervisory Committee.


From 06-15-2021 8:00 am CST until 06-15-2021 12:00 pm CST


Registration URL: Microsoft TEAMS


Registration Information
Members $200
Non-Members $300
Member (both events on June 2 & 15) $350
Non-Members (both events on June 2 & 15) $550

3% fee applied if paying by a credit card

Who can attend?

SGA Cancellation Policy "C"

Have any questions? Contact us. memberservices@southerngas.org