Rotating Equipment

rotating equipment banner 2Rotating equipment is a general classification of mechanical equipment that simply moves products, gasses, liquids and solids through the system.  This is broken down further into four subcategories, auxiliary equipment, driven equipment, prime mover and transmission devices in which each of the equipment types will fall into.

Rotating equipment refers to machinery that rotates to perform a specific function or task, such as generating power, moving fluids, or compressing gases.  Examples of rotating equipment include pumps, compressors, turbines, engines, and motors.  Rotating equipment is commonly used in various industries, including oil and gas, power generation, manufacturing, and transportation.

Regular maintenance and inspections are essential for keeping rotating equipment operating safely and efficiently.  This includes tasks such as lubrication, alignment, and vibration analysis, which can help prevent equipment failures and prolong the lifespan of the equipment.  Proper training of operators and maintenance personnel is also important to ensure that the equipment is operated and maintained correctly.

Science Branches

Applied Science
Mechanical Engineering

Rotating Equipment Index


Rotating Equipment Classification

  • Based on Function  -
    • Prime Mover  -  These are machines that convert energy into mechanical power. 
      • Electric Motor  -  These devices convert electrical energy into mechanical energy by electromagnetic induction.  Electric motors are widely used in various applications, from small household appliances to industrial machinery.
      • Steam Turbine  -  Steam turbines use steam generated by heating water to high temperatures and pressures to drive turbine blades.  The steam expands through the turbine, causing it to rotate and produce mechanical power.  Steam turbines are commonly used in power plants for electricity generation and in various industrial processes.
      • Gas Turbine  -  Gas turbines operate similarly to steam turbines but use hot gases produced by burning fuel (such as natural gas, diesel, or aviation fuel) instead of steam to drive the turbine blades.  Gas turbines are used in power generation, aviation (as jet engines), and various industrial applications.
      • Internal Combustion Engine  -  These engines burn fuel internally to produce high-pressure gases that drive pistons within cylinders.  Common types include gasoline engines (used in cars, motorcycles, and small equipment), diesel engines (used in trucks, buses, ships, and some power plants), and gas engines (used in power generation and industrial applications).
      • Hydraulic Motor  -  Hydraulic motors convert hydraulic pressure into rotational mechanical power.  They are commonly used in hydraulic systems for machinery, vehicles, and industrial equipment.
      • Wind Turbine  -  Wind turbines harness the kinetic energy of wind to rotate blades, which drive a generator to produce electricity.  Wind turbines are used for renewable energy generation in wind farms and smaller-scale applications.
      • Water Turbine  -  Water turbines use the kinetic energy of flowing water to produce mechanical power.  They are commonly used in hydroelectric power plants to generate electricity from water flow in rivers, dams, or other water sources.
    • Rotary Machinery  -  This includes equipment that transfers energy from one place to another using rotating components.
      • Pump   -  Rotary pumps, such as centrifugal pumps and rotary vane pumps, use rotating impellers or vanes to transfer fluids from one place to another.  They are widely used in industries such as water supply, wastewater treatment, oil and gas, and chemical processing.
      • Compressor   -  Rotary compressors, including rotary screw compressors and rotary vane compressors, utilize rotating elements to compress gases.  They are used in applications such as air conditioning, refrigeration, gas processing, and pneumatic systems.
      • Turbine  -  Turbines are rotary machines that convert fluid energy (such as steam, gas, or water) into mechanical energy by means of rotating blades.  Examples include steam turbines, gas turbines, and hydroelectric turbines. Turbines are crucial components in power generation, propulsion systems, and various industrial processes.
      • Fans and Blower  -  Rotary fans and blowers use rotating impellers to generate airflow for ventilation, cooling, and air movement applications.  They are utilized in HVAC systems, industrial processes, combustion systems, and electronic cooling.
      • Mixers and Agitator  -  Rotary mixers and agitators employ rotating shafts with blades or paddles to blend, mix, or agitate fluids or granular materials in tanks or vessels.  They are used in industries such as food processing, pharmaceuticals, chemical manufacturing, and wastewater treatment.
      • Centrifuge  -  Centrifuges are rotary devices that utilize centrifugal force to separate components of a mixture based on their densities.  They are used in various applications, including laboratory research, medical diagnostics, chemical processing, and wastewater treatment.
      • Rotary Kiln  -  Rotary kilns are cylindrical vessels with a rotating drum used for processes such as calcination, sintering, roasting, and drying.  They are employed in industries such as cement production, metallurgy, and chemical processing.
      • Rotary Engine  -  Rotary engines are internal combustion engines with rotary motion rather than reciprocating motion.  They have applications in automotive, aerospace, and small engine industries.
  • Based on Power Source  -
    • Electrically Driven  -  Equipment that is powered by electricity, such as electric motors.
    • Mechanically Driven  -  Equipment that is powered by mechanical means, such as turbines driven by steam, gas, or water.
  • Based on Application  -
    • Pumps  -  Used for moving fluids (liquids or gases) from one place to another.
    • Compressors  -  Used for compressing gases, often to increase pressure for storage or transportation.
    • Turbines  -  Used to convert fluid energy into mechanical energy, typically by rotating a shaft.
    • Fans and Blowers  -  Used for moving air or other gases.
    • Mixers  -  Used for blending or mixing substances together.
    • Centrifuges  -  Used for separating components of a mixture based on density or particle size.
  • Based on Industry  -
    • Oil & Gas Industry  -  Equipment such as pumps, compressors, and turbines used in oil refineries, petrochemical plants, and gas processing facilities.
    • Power Generation  -  Equipment such as turbines and generators used in power plants.
    • Chemical Industry  -  Equipment used in chemical processing plants for mixing, pumping, and compressing various chemicals.
    • Water and Wastewater Treatment  -  Equipment such as pumps and mixers used in water treatment plants and wastewater treatment facilities.
  • Based on Design  -
    • Centrifugal  -  Equipment that uses centrifugal force to move fluids or gases, such as centrifugal pumps and compressors.
    • Positive Displacement  -  Equipment that traps and moves a fixed amount of fluid with each cycle, such as reciprocating pumps and compressors.

Piping Designer Logo 1

Tags: Pump Engine Manufacturing Gear Compressor Turbine Rotating Equipment Fan and Blower