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Efficiency Definition and Load Management for Reciprocating and Centrifugal Compressors

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Rainer Kurz

Solar Turbines Incorporated, San Diego, CA

Klaus Brun

Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, TX

Paper No. GT2007-27081, pp. 1435-1445; 11 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2007: Power for Land, Sea, and Air
  • Volume 4: Turbo Expo 2007, Parts A and B
  • Montreal, Canada, May 14–17, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4793-4 | eISBN: 0-7918-3796-3
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


Reciprocating compressors and centrifugal compressors use different definition of compressor efficiency. This paper will provide guidelines for a true comparison, as well as a universal efficiency definition for both types of machines, based on the requirements the ultimate user is really interested in. Further, the impact of actual pipeline conditions on the change of efficiency at different loads, using different means of control, is evaluated.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME
Topics: Compressors , Stress



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