Chapter 19

Reciprocating Compression Surge Drums


Proper performance of a reciprocating compressor cylinder depends upon the required quantity and condition of gas being available at the suction flange of the cylinder. The design of reciprocating compressor systems is a complex topic, and many installations fail to perform satisfactorily, as evidenced by excessive horsepower consumption and overall adjacent system piping vibration, due to inadequate pipe sizes, gas pulsations and/or gas surge volumes. Conventional pipe sizing does not recognize the significant changes in gas flow rate that take place as compressor piston moves from head end to crank end or vice versa.

This chapter cannot provide detailed design procedures for compressor systems ...

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