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Compressors: How to Achieve High Reliability & Availability by Fred K. Geitner, Heinz P. Bloch

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CHAPTER 11
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Compressor Failure Analysis Overview
To demonstrate how an effective failure analysis should be framed and carried out, we opted to use a compressor-related example. This case history involves a three-dimensional impeller. It demonstrates the straightforward thinking processes and analysis approaches that have worked well for us in the past.
It has been said that failure analysis and troubleshooting must be preceded by stating what the problem is. The problem is always a deviation from the expected norm. In the overwhelming majority of cases, more than one seemingly minor deviation combines with other seemingly insignificant deviations. ...

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