Centrifugal Compressors 101
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This course is aimed at engineers and technical professionals who need a broad-based introduction to centrifugal compressor design and analysis. This course starts with the basics and builds to provide a full understanding of a centrifugal compressor. The course will include the following topics: reciprocating, axial and centrifugal compressor similarities/differences; centrifugal compressor configurations; design consideration; and balancing aerodynamic, rotordynamic, and mechanical consideration. The course will answer the question "How do they work? factory testing, and future challenges. At the completion of the course, the attendees will hold a strong understanding of basic concepts. This knowledge will act as a springboard to further growth understanding of more complex centrifugal compressor concepts. An emphasis is placed on providing practical information with minimal theory. This is NOT a centrifugal compressor operations and maintenance class. Reciprocating, axial and centrifugal compressor similarities/differences History of compressors Configurations, straight-through, back-to-back, compound, side streams, double flow, overhung, integrally geared.
Kuzdzal, Mark; Koch, Jay (2018). Centrifugal Compressors 101. Turbomachinery Laboratory, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station. Available electronically from