Range Vs. Efficiency?Striking The Proper Balance

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Sorokes, James M.
Texas A&M University. Turbomachinery Laboratories
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The paper addresses the balance between peak attainable efficiency and overall operating range that must be addressed when specifying, designing and/or selecting centrifugal compressors. The relative roles of the various compressor components; i.e., impellers, diffusers, guide vanes, and return channels; in achieving the proper balance are discussed. Finally, the importance of proper component and stage aerodynamic matching is emphasized.