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Explosive Decompression Resistance of Centrifugal Compressor O-Ring Seals: A Comparative Test Summary and Procedure

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W. N. Shade

Centrifugal Compressors, CB Rotating Division, Cooper Industries, Mount Vernon, OH 43050

D. W. Legg

Research and Development, CB Rotating Division, Cooper Industries, Mount Vernon, OH 43050

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 110(2), 289-294 (Apr 01, 1988) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3240119 History: Received February 17, 1987; Online October 15, 2009

Abstract

Explosive decompression is a phenomenon that can destroy O-ring sealing elements in high-pressure (>3.4 MPa) natural gas compressors during rapid venting to atmospheric pressure. A test rig and procedure have been developed to identify important parameters influencing O-ring seal explosive decompression failure, consistent with utilization of these seals in high-pressure centrifugal compressors. The test rig and procedure are described and comparative test results presented.

Copyright © 1988 by ASME
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