Shaft torque and corresponding stresses in a motor driven - direct coupled - reciprocating compressor system, are significantly influenced by the system’s mass-elastic properties. Uncertainty in the system’s mass-elastic properties will therefore translate into uncertainty in the calculated system stresses. Three case studies provide the reader with an appreciation for the importance of defining uncertainty bands in the mass-elastic properties of a torsional system.

The case studies are followed by a theoretical discussion section. The reader is introduced to the concept of torsional resonance, uncertainty in calculated system torsional natural frequencies is defined, and the relative influence that specific system mass-elastic properties have on the overall system is discussed. A full compliment of system mass-elastic uncertainties is presented.

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