Chapter 19

Reciprocating Compressors

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
  • To know the classification of compressors
  • To develop expressions for indicated work, minimum work, and volumetric efficiency of reciprocating compressors
  • To know the methods of improvement of compressor performance
  • To know the purpose of intercooling and make a cycle analysis with and without intercooling

19.1 Introduction

In the previous chapters on power and refrigeration cycles, we saw that a compressor was an integral part of many of the systems. The focus was on the change of properties and energy change across a compressor. In this chapter, a more detailed thermodynamic analysis is carried out on a one particular variety of compressors viz. reciprocating compressors.

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