This practical reference provides in-depth information required to understand and properly estimate compressor capabilities and to select the proper designs. Engineers and students will gain a thorough understanding of compression principles, equipment, applications, selection, sizing, installation, and maintenance. The many examples clearly illustrate key aspects to help readers understand the "real world" of compressor technology.
Compressors: Selection and Sizing, third edition is completely updated with new API standards. Additions requested by readers include a new section on diaphragm compressors in the reciprocating compressors chapter, and a new section on rotor dynamics stability in the chapter on diaphragm compressors.
The latest technology is presented in the areas of efficiency, 3-D geometry, electronics, CAD, and the use of plant computers. The critical chapter on negotiating the purchase of a compressor now reflects current industry practices for preparing detailed specifications, bid evaluations, engineering reviews, and installation. A key chapter compares the reliability of various types of compressors.
* Everything you need to select the right compressor for your specific application. * Practical information on compression principles, equipment, applications, selection, sizing, installation, and maintenance. * New sections on diaphragm compressors and an introduction to rotor dynamics stability.
By W Boudville - June 10, 2007
Brown gives a good review of the different types of compressors currently available. The gist of each type is explained. Intermittent mode and continuous compression are the top level classifications. Each in turn having several subclasses.
The basic principles of any compressor are straightforward from a physics standpoint. There is a quick chapter on elementary thermodynamics, as germane to compressor operations.
But the bulk of the text takes us into each compressor type. With useful schematics illustrating the main modes of operation. Along with descriptions of instrumentation. Where here, electronics has vastly improved the sophistication of the monitoring and control devices. Giving an impressive amount of telemetry about vibration data. That can be used to improve performance and warn of mechanical failures.
Compressors: Selection and Sizing
By Mr. John F. Shanahan - May 12, 2007
This is a good general overall reference book for compressors.
It could have been much better if the author had provided more of
his own development for various topics instead of using material
from other authors and then merely giving them credit (various
In this day and age of 3-dimensional, multicolored graphic images,
I think that the author could have drastically improved his presentation
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