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An Investigation of the Use of Wet Compression in Industrial Centrifugal Compressors

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Ahmed Abdelwahab

Praxair, Inc., Tonawanda, NY

Paper No. GT2006-90695, pp. 741-750; 10 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2006: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 4: Cycle Innovations; Electric Power; Industrial and Cogeneration; Manufacturing Materials and Metallurgy
  • Barcelona, Spain, May 8–11, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4239-8
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


Industrial centrifugal compressors generally comprise a number of low pressure ratio intercooled stages. This is done primarily for the purpose of reducing the compressor power requirements and improving the operating range of the multi-stage compressor. In recent years, however, rapid increases in the per-kilowatt-hour prices both domestically and worldwide has led to renewed research efforts to further reduce the power requirements of this type of compression equipment. Several attempts have been made to use direct water injection as a means to overspray the compressor inlet to further reduce its power requirement. This paper presents an investigation into the use of this technology in industrial centrifugal compressors. A simple numerical method is presented for the computation of wet compression processes. The method is based on both droplet evaporation and compressor mean-line calculations. An assessment, based on the developed model, of the effectiveness of evaporative processes in reducing the compressor power consumption per stage is presented. The impacts on stage efficiency and operating range are also presented.

Copyright © 2006 by ASME



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