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Compressors: How to Achieve High Reliability & Availability by Fred K. Geitner, Heinz P. Bloch

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CHAPTER 2
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Selection Factors for Process Compressors
Every style or type of compressor was developed to serve a particular purpose and the collective references have devoted hundreds of thousands of pages to the topic.1,2 The overall performance trends of three prominent compressor styles are shown in Fig. 2.1. In each case, our interest is concentrated on a design point defined as the point where a desired 100 percent pressure performance meets 100 percent gas throughput performance. The illustration shows that as the pressure output of a positive displacement (primarily reciprocating and rotary screw style) compressor is increased, the volume ...

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