Reciprocating Compressors 101: The User's Perspective
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This course will present the basic concepts of reciprocating compressor applications from a user’s perspective. There is an introductory section on application basics (why recips?), including selection criteria and industry standards (API 618, etc.). Compressor components, the basic compression cycle, capacity control, pistons, rings, rods and lubrication essentials are covered.
Eisenmann, Robert, Jr.; Atkins, Kenneth E.; White, Benjamin A.; McCain, Bruce (2016). Reciprocating Compressors 101: The User's Perspective. Turbomachinery Laboratories, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station. Available electronically from