Simulation of Centrifugal Compressor Transient Performance for Process Plant Applications

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I. Macdougal, R. L. Elder

School of Mechanical Engineering, Cranfield Institute of Technology, Cranfield, England

J. Eng. Power 105(4), 885-890 (Oct 01, 1983) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3227497 History: Received December 07, 1982; Online September 28, 2009


The development of a theoretical model capable of simulating centrifugal compressor transient performance (including compressor surge) is detailed. Simulation results from a Fortran computer program are compared with measured compressor transient data. Good simulation of compressor transients between stable operating points, and compressor presurge flow oscillations has been obtained. General application criteria are presented for the geometric distribution of model elements within a compressor system. Model applications and future work are outlined.

Copyright © 1983 by ASME
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