Couplings and Shaft Alignment

Details :

This Couplings & Shaft Alignment training course will provide an overview of coupling designs and applications for transferring the torque and rotation from the driver shaft to the rotating machine: pump, compressor or turbine. The training course will indicate the importance of good installation, maintenance and failure analysis of couplings. The topics are specially designed for engineers and technicians that have had limited exposure to couplings and need to upgrade their technical knowledge about coupling characteristics and various operating loads. The focus in the course will be on problem detection, root cause analysis and failure prevention.

Shaft alignment is a technical skill that is categorized as a specialty. It requires measurement instruments and relies on technician’s skill and experience if good results are to be expected on pumps, compressors or turbines.

This training course will provide an integral training knowledge and experience of shaft alignment to solve misalignment problems in rotating machinery. Emphasis will be on the ways to analyze, identify and correct the root causes of misalignment, unbalancing and vibration in order to achieve smooth operation, and improved machine performance.

This training course will include discussions of various real practical problems and case studies from the existing engineering practice, which will be solved in the form of several workshops.

This training course will highlight:

  • Importance of proper selection of couplings
  • Guidelines for coupling installation: mounting and dismounting
  • Common coupling problems and potential failures
  • Effects of shaft alignment
  • Best methods and techniques for measurement of shaft alignment
  • Effects of misalignment on pump and compressor operation

At the end of this training course, you will learn:

  • Guidelines for good coupling installation
  • Solving common coupling problems and failure prevention
  • Vibration monitoring related to coupling health and machinery performance
  • Methods and practices for efficient alignment of rotating machine
  • Use of classical reverse dial methodology and modern laser optic technique
  • Professionals dealing with the operation and maintenance of rotating equipment
  • New technicians who wish to improve knowledge and skills
  • Those who are involved in condition monitoring and vibration analysis
  • Maintenance technicians who are in charge of correcting the machinery problems.
  • Engineers and maintenance planners involved in machine’s condition monitoring

Day One: Couplings - Types, Application & Operation

  • Classification & Application of Couplings
  • Characteristics of Rigid Couplings
  • Characteristics of Flexible Couplings
  • Selection of Parameters of Couplings for Pumps & Compressors and Turbines
  • Advantages & Disadvantages of Different Types


Day Two: Couplings - Installation, Maintenance & Troubleshooting

  • Installation Best Practices & Safety Issues
  • Coupling Inspection in Operation
  • Vibration Monitoring and Analysis
  • Preventive Maintenance & Condition Monitoring
  • Failure Prevention & Troubleshooting


Day Three: Shaft Alignment Basics

  • Need for shaft alignment
  • Effects of shaft misalignment
  • Types of misalignment: offset and angularity
  • Measuring techniques
  • Rim and face alignment method: TIR determination


Day Four: Alignment Measurement Methods

  • Reverse dial methodology
  • Correcting misalignment: foundation and soft foot
  • Thermal growth determination
  • Laser optic technique
  • Misalignment detected by vibration monitoring


Day Five: Effect of Misalignment on Bearings & Seals

  • Effect of misalignment of bearings
  • Vibration monitoring results as indication of misalignment
  • Effect of misalignment on seals of pumps and compressors
  • Leakage control & prevention
  • Summary and conclusions
  • All lectures are in colorful presentation
  • All lectures are interspersed with interactive discussion
  • All lectures include group discussion, case history and exercises
  • Actual major incidents as well as industry experience are reviewed
  • Participants receive a multicolor course manual
  • Pictures of real incidents and case history are shown
  • Videos on the subject are shown

09:00 to 15:00