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Basic Mechanical Engineering, 2e, 2nd Edition by Pravin Kumar

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CHAPTER 10

Air Compressors

Learning Objectives

By the end of this chapter, the student will be able:

  • To understand the different types of air compression process
  • To demonstrate the single stage and multi-stage reciprocating air compressors
  • To calculate the power required to run the compressors
  • To describe the working of axial and centrifugal compressors
10.1 INTRODUCTION

The function of the compressor is to compress the gases and vapors from low pressure to high pressure. According to the second law of thermodynamics, this is only possible when work is done on the system, i.e., on the gas or vapor. Compressors have wide industrial and domestic applications such as compression of refrigerants in refrigerators and air conditioning plants, ...

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