Mechanical, Stress and Flow Considerations for Piping Design of Centrifugal Compressors
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This tutorial covers a range of factors that must be considered in the piping design associated with the installation of any new centrifugal compressor system. Multiple factors must be balanced in the piping design to have an overall successful final installation. The compressor piping must be configured and supported in a manner to safety contain the mechanical forces from the internal fluid pressure as well as the weight of the piping, fittings and valves. Additionally, the piping must not place any unusually high loads on the compressor itself or any piping supports due to thermal expansion, pressure elongation or weight loads. Finally, the piping layout should result in an even flow velocity profile that does not result in any detrimental impact to the aerodynamic performance of the centrifugal compressor.
White, Ben; Bueno, Pablo; Fierro, Frank; Cook, Trenton (2018). Mechanical, Stress and Flow Considerations for Piping Design of Centrifugal Compressors. Turbomachinery Laboratory, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station. Available electronically from