March 2020

Valves, Pumps and Turbomachinery

Design of very-high-flow coefficient centrifugal compressor stages

Centrifugal compressors are widely used in the oil and gas and petrochemical industries, with more than 15,000 operating in the U.S. alone.

Jariwala, V., Elliott Group

Centrifugal compressors are widely used in the oil and gas and petrochemical industries, with more than 15,000 operating in the U.S. alone. The abundance of inexpensive shale gas has fueled a growing global demand for hydrocarbon derivatives, such as ethylene and propylene. Operators are taking advantage of these market conditions to increase plant capacity, and compressor manufacturers are being asked to build larger compressors to meet ever-higher volumetric flow requirements. As compressors get larger, however, they are more expensive to build and maintain, and often require a bigger footprint. One approach to satisfy growing capacity needs without increasing the footprint is to maintain

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