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Technical Articles - Compressors

Compressor Thermodynamics

This information article discusses the specialized branch of thermodynamics related to compressors. It compares the four most common compression process types, thermodynamic laws and applicable mathematical relationships. The article also discusses independent variables, power, efficiency and the basic physical properties of pure gases and mixtures of various gases. Many example problems related to actual compressor problems are given both SI and USC units.

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Centrifugal Compressor Testing

This article discusses the various types of centrifugal compressor tests with a focus on performance testing. It describes various code and standard requirements, performance relationships and equations, testing methodology and data gathering. Several example problems related to actual testing requirements are given in both SI and USC units.

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Principles of Reciprocating Compressor Sizing

This information article discusses the complex process of sizing and selection of reciprocating compressors. It discusses major compressor components, their purpose and design limitations. The article also discusses the basic sizing criteria including the various operating parameters and their affected on both single and multi-stage machines. Many example problems related to real-world compressor applications are given in both SI and USC units.

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Reciprocating Compressor Control Methods

This useful article discusses the various types of reciprocating compressor control methods and resulting affect on a cachine's performance. Each method is described along with illustrations of the control devices and how they affect the compressor performance. Also discussed are the use of multiple control methods and how they are used to influence a compressor's operation, startup and shutdown requirements. Several example problems related to actual contol methods are given in both SI and USC units.

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