The centrifugal compressor is well established for the compression of gases and vapors. It has proven its economy and uniqueness in many applications, particularly in which large volumes are handled at medium pressures. This compressor is particularly adaptable to steam turbine or other continuous speed change drivers, as the two principles of operation and control are quite compatible. It is also adaptable to the electric motor, gas engine and gas turbine with each installation being specific to a particular problem or process. Installation as well as operating costs can be quite reasonable.
Nissler  presents a rather complete review of centrifugal and axial compressors.
A centrifugal compressor, ...