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Compressor Handbook:
Principles and Practices

By Tony Giampaolo

Published by
The Fairmont Press, Inc.
700 Indian Trail
Lilburn, GA 30247

This practical guide examines the full spectrum of compressor types, how they operate, how to control them, and how operating conditions can significantly impact their performance. Fully discussed are the influence of pressure, temperature, molecular weight, specific heat ratio, compression ratio, speed, vane position, and volume bottles. The various methods of throughput control are also addressed; including discharge throttling, suction throttling, guide vane positioning, volume bottles, suction valve unloaders, and speed control, as well as how each of these control methods affects compressor life. Compressor surge is also defined and discussed in detail, along with the types of instrumentation most suitable for controlling it.