Compressor Types, Classifications, And Applications.
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The compressor industry has emerged from the decade of the 1980s right sized, streamlined, and computerized. Management trends include a broadening of responsibility for all departments. In order to satisfy these new responsibilities, maintenance, operations, and engineering personnel need continuous review of compressor types, classifications, and applications. Companies are discovering the void in talent that right sizing has created and most organizations retain a core group of experienced professionals who are utilized as a reference resource. The turbomachinery grass roots introduction seeks to present elementary compressor concepts to all interested parties. This group will also certainly need a working knowledge of aerodynamics, blade design (and repair), magnetic bearing theory, and advanced thermodynamic concepts. The compressor types introductory program does not address these more advanced topics. Compressor Types starts at the beginning of the user/manufacturer relationship with applications. Moreover, utilizing Balje's [ 1] work on specific speed as a focal point, the following concepts will be covered at entry level: • Fan, blower, compressor differentiation • Curve shape and where to operate • Head, flow, horsepower; calculations • The specific speed of positive displacement machinery • The specific speed of single stage centrifugals • Applications Vents Flares Oxidizers Overhead recompression Process recompression Transmission The Compressor Types Program is an ongoing program offered by the Turbomachinery Laboratory at Texas A&M University to assist industry professionals in gaining exposure to elementary compressor concepts to help them assume their broadening compressor responsibilities in the 1990s.
Robison, David H.; Beaty, Peter J. (1992). Compressor Types, Classifications, And Applications.. Texas A&M University. Turbomachinery Laboratories. Available electronically from