December 2014

Project Management

How to select compressors for various process services

Every style or type of compressor was developed to serve a particular process purpose. Collective references have devoted hundreds of thousands of pages on this topic. Two books have attempted to summ..

Geitner, F. K., Consultant; Bloch, H. P., Professional engineer

Every style or type of compressor was developed to serve a particular process purpose. Collective references have devoted hundreds of thousands of pages on this topic. Two books have attempted to summarize the essentials and the total performance trends of three prominent compressor styles, as illustrated in Fig. 1.1,2 In each case, the interest is concentrated on a design point, which is defined as the point where a desired 100% pressure performance meets 100% gas-throughput performance.     Fig. 1. Compressor performance   characteristics. For instance, Fig. 1 illustrates that, as the pressure output of a positive displacement (primarily reciprocating and rotar

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