Turboexpanders

Turboexpanders

Turboexpanders: From Aftermarket Pioneer to OEM Player

In 2003, L.A. Turbine (LAT) took a pioneering step to enter the turboexpander market as a provider of aftermarket services for all makes and models of turboexpander equipment and quickly became the go-to FX-TURBO experts. In 2007, LAT took another bold step by entering the turboexpander arena as an OEM and has manufactured 150+ units since. These application-specific, highly engineered turboexpanders are used in hydrocarbon processing, geothermal power generation and other industrial power recovery or refrigeration applications. LAT turboexpanders are designed, engineered and built in its Valencia, California facility.

Recently L.A. Turbine broke new ground with the delivery of ARES AMB Turboexpander, the industry’s first active magnetic bearing turboexpander featuring an on-skid AMB controller and PLC.

LAT continues to provide aftermarket support for its installed base of LAT machines plus services non-OEM equipment around the globe with its team of FX-TURBO field technicians.

Applications

L.A. Turbine designs turboexpanders for a variety of applications in the midstream and downstream sectors.

Products

LAT turboexpander configurations include expander-compressors with either active magnetic bearings (AMB) or oil bearings and an expander-dyno (oil brake) machine. Other specialized turboexpander design options include an expander-generator and high-speed direct-drive expander generator.

Expander-Compressor

These high-speed machines are typically used within the natural gas, petrochemical, and air separation industries.

Dynamometer/Oil Brake

A turboexpander-dynamometer, also known as an expander-dyno/oil brake, is a high-speed machine composed of an expander stage loaded by an oil brake

ARES AMB Expander-Compressor

LAT offers exclusive AMB turboexpander-compressor with on skid AMB Control System.

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Engineering Design

Turboexpanders are highly engineered machines operating under extreme pressure, temperature and speed. To ensure each turboexpander meets the performance, flow and quality requirements, L.A. Turbine uses multiple engineering approaches in the design process. All engineering design and development processes are ISO 9001:2008 compliant.

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LAT designs the entire turboexpander using 3D parametric cad design tools.

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LAT uses in-house developed code as well as commercial software to perform initial sizing and 1D meanline analysis of all projects

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LAT uses the most advanced commercial turbomachinery design and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) codes

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LAT uses advanced Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software to analyze the stresses in critical parts.

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All wheels go through rigorous “ring” tests, using lightweight accelerometers paired with an impact hammer.

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LAT uses the most advanced commercial software to perform API-compliant rotor dynamics analysis.

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Thank you for your interest in LAT’s turboexpander design and manufacturing capabilities. Tell us more about the turboexpander information you desire by either completing this form or calling our FX-TURBO Team at +1 855 398 8726 (+1 855 FX-TURBO).