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Compressor Handbook


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Table of Contents



General Compressor Theory

Thermodynamics of Compression

Compressor Types

Dynamic Compressors

Axial Compressors

Centrifugal Compressors

Variations in Compressor Design

Positive Displacement Compressors


Reciprocating Compressors

Integral Engine Compressors

Preliminary Selection and Sizing

Screw Compressors

Screw Compressor Control

Effect of Operating Conditions

Effects of Temperature & Pressure

Effects of Compression Ratio

Effects of Specific Heat Ratio

Throughput Control

Speed Control

Suction Throttling Control

Discharge Valve Throttling Control

Recycle Valve Control

Variable Volume Pocket Control

Description of Surge

Surge & Stall

Stone Wall

Surge Control

Minimum Flow Control

Maximum Pressure Control

Ratio Control


Rotor Response

Sources of Vibration

Valve Requirements

Valve Types

Valve Trim

Instrument Requirements

Sensor Types

Speed of Response

Detectable Problems

Mechanical Problems

Electrical problems

Performance Problems

Case Studies

Case Study 1-Compressor Surge Control

Using Programmable Logic Controllers

Case Study 2-Optimization & Revitalization of

Existing Reciprocating Compression Assets

Case Study 3-Piston Rod Run-out is a Key Criterion for Recip Compressors

Case Study 4-Effect of Pulsation Bottle

Design on the Performance of a Modern

Low-speed Gas Transmission Compressor Piston

Case Study 5-Resolution of a Compressor

Valve Failure: A Case Study



About the Author

Tony Giampaolo, MSME, PE

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