Pulsations & Vibrations

Reciprocating Compressors

About the course

This course imparts fundamental knowledge of pressure pulsations in piping, particularly in the context of API 618 analyses related to reciprocating compressors. Through real-life case studies, you will gain insights into the origins and potential implications of pulsations caused by compressors.
The instructor will cover assessment techniques, including pulsation analysis using software, and guide you through conformity checks for pulsations and resulting vibrations. Additionally, the course addresses possible mitigation measures and best design practices.
Practical discussions and analyses will be demonstrated using BOSpulse software, with no prior knowledge of the software required.

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Self-paced / Classroom


4 modules



1-yr access

Selected Course Format


200 / user
  • Self-learning modules
  • Immediate module access
  • Online discussion forum
  • 1-year access
  • Live sessions with instructor
  • For individual learning


Price on request
  • On-site or in Rijswijk
  • Printed course materials
  • Lunch included
  • 1-year access to self paced course
  • Face-to-face with instructors
  • For teams of minimum 4 people

Course Objective

To provide piping professionals with a solid understanding of pressure pulsation phenomena and evaluation methods.” 

Course Contents

  1. Welcome & Your instructor

  2. Content Overview

  3. How to use this course

  4. Questions Forum

  1. Pressure pulsations Foundations – Part 1

  2. Pressure pulsations Foundations – Part 2

  3. Shaking forces due to pulsations

  4. Periodic excitations in piping systems

  5. Pulsation control in piping systems

  6. Acoustic resonance in piping systems

  7. Acoustic resonance typical problematic modes

  8. Orifice plates to change modes

  9. General considerations for piping systems

  10. Recap of Module 1

A sample of the first module is available for free, so you can learn more about the teaching style and understand if the course fits your needs.

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  1. Case Introduction 

  2. Operating modes

  3. Result discussion

  4. Damper design 

  1. Vibration risks in piping systems

  2. Types of vibrations in piping systems

  3. Mechanical excitation due excitation source

  4. Single DOF systems Degree Of Freedom

  5. Mechanical response to pressure pulsations

  6. Mechanical eigenmodes in piping systems

  7. Evaluating vibration in piping systems

  8. Mechanical response versus acoustic response

  1. Case Introduction 

  2. Compressor harmonics

  3. Mechanical resonance

  4. System modifications

  5. Conclusions 

  1. Course evaluation survey

  2. Your Personal Certificate

  3. Rate this course

  4. Related resources

  5. Follow up

Program Details


  • Video lectures,

  • Video demonstrations,

  • Discussions forum with other participants & instructor.

The majority of training material are videos. These are not available for download, but can be accessed directly with your account on the portal. Apart from quizzes the exercise files can be downloaded. These can include .pdf files with the exercise questions, software models or other file types. 

You receive 1-year unlimited access to the course. This allows you to watch content again if this is beneficial for your work projects.

We encourage participants to submit feedback and questions in the Discussions Forum of the course. These are either answered directly in the forum or form the basis for new videos that are added to the online course on a regular basis.

Participants receive 1-year unlimited access to the course including new videos that are added during this year. Participants receive an email notification upon addition of new course videos.

No software is required for participants of this course.

Demonstrations are provided using the software BOSpulse, but having access to this software is not required.

If your computer and internet connection is able to play videos online (YouTube) you will be able to follow the course. Note that almost all browsers are supported, except for Internet Explorer.

Yes, this course qualifies for PDH hours as per the NCEES CPC Guidelines.

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