P17453: Dresser-Rand Valve Test Bench


Project Summary Project Information

The goal of this project is to design a small-scale poppet valve testing bench that will simulate the compression cycle of the Dresser-Rand ESH-1 reciprocating compressor. The discharge side of the poppet valve assembly consists of a set of cylindrical plastic valves that open as the pressure in the compressor reaches a critical point. These poppet valves are designed to be inexpensive and replaceable. As the compressor is running, it becomes too hot to touch. In addition, assembly and disassembly of the valve manifold often takes up to 30 minutes and requires even more time for the compressor to cool down. The test rig designed will minimize the downtime between tests to less than 10 minutes without the same heat generated. The final design should be portable, easy to use, and able to simulate the compression cycle of the ESH-1 compressor. The project will be completed on a $2,000 budget.

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Project Name
Reciprocating Compressor: Poppet Valve Test Bench
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Project Family
Dresser-Rand Reciprocating Compressor Projects
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Faculty Guide
Bill Nowak, bnowak@rochester.rr.com
Primary Customer
Dr. Jason Kolodziej, jrkeme@rit.edu
Sponsor (financial support)
Dresser-Rand – A Siemens Business

Team Members

From left to right: Alex Grassl, Ryan Muchard, Brandon Chrysler, Carvey Yung

From left to right: Alex Grassl, Ryan Muchard, Brandon Chrysler, Carvey Yung

Member Role Contact
Alex Grassl Lead Engineer/Design Analyst avg4499@rit.edu
Ryan Muchard Assembly/Technical Paper Lead rjm3570@rit.edu
Brandon Chrysler Software Lead/Edge Manager blc9918@rit.edu
Carvey Yung Project Manager/Machinist cxy4180@rit.edu

Planning & Execution

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Meeting Notes

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test with Customer Demo

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation

Final Drawings, Poster, and Technical Paper

Weekly Progress Updates