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The Use of Variable Inlet Guide Vane or Speed Control to Maintain Constant Compressor Pressure Ratio in Wet Gas Flow and Their Effect on Diffuser Stability

[+] Author Affiliations
Levi André B. Vigdal, Lars E. Bakken

Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

Paper No. GT2017-64785, pp. V009T27A024; 11 pages
  • ASME Turbo Expo 2017: Turbomachinery Technical Conference and Exposition
  • Volume 9: Oil and Gas Applications; Supercritical CO2 Power Cycles; Wind Energy
  • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, June 26–30, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5096-1
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


Improving offshore gas production requires the process compressor to be moved closer to the wellhead. This will yield such benefits as enhanced well output, longer well life and the possibility of exploiting smaller fields. However, the harsh environment, remote location and variable two-phase characteristics of an untreated gas stream pose increased challenges for operational performance and robustness. Several methods are available to ensure that a process compressor maintains constant outlet pressure regardless of inlet stream properties and flow.

Two pressure-ratio control methods — variable inlet guide vanes (IGV) and variable speed — have been investigated. Their effect on diffuser stability has been tested and analysed in dry and wet conditions. Increased diffuser stability in wet conditions with IGV has been discussed and results are presented.

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