Compressor Performance - 3rd Edition - ISBN: 9780128142196

Compressor Performance

3rd Edition

Aerodynamics for the User

Authors: Theodore Gresh
Paperback ISBN: 9780128142196
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 16th June 2001
Page Count: 230
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Compressor Performance has been a trusted reference book for compressor design and maintenance for over 25 years, and is relied upon by engineers and students worldwide.

This new edition is updated throughout to cover new regulations and technology relevant to compressors, and new content adds coverage of strings of equipment including gas turbines.

It covers the full spectrum of information needed for an individual to select, operate, test and maintain axial or centrifugal compressors. Basic aerodynamic theory provides users with the "how's" and "why's" of compressor design, troubleshooting guidelines help maintenance engineers save time in the field, and many example problems and reference data such as gas properties and flow meter calculations enable easy analysis of compressor performance in practice

Key Features

  • Provides detailed instructions for best practice field performance tests to ASME standards
  • Is illustrated throughout with detailed diagrams of compressor equipment
  • New case studies of equipment string analysis have been added to this edition
  • Includes extensive reference material in appendices such as Mollier diagrams, permissible deviations and fluctuations, and surge identification procedures


Turbomachinery Engineers, Project Engineers, Field Inspectors, Plant Engineers, Facilities Engineers

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Aerodynamics
2. Thermodynamics
3. Aerodynamic Components
4. Compressor Characteristics

5. Equipment Selection 
6. Operation
7. Field Performance Testing 
8. Troubleshooting
9. Flow Meters
10. Multi-section Compressors
11. Equipment String Analysis: Case Studies

Appendix A. Gas Properties
Appendix B. Mollier Diagrams
Appendix C. Conversion Tables
Appendix D. Permissible Deviations and Fluctuations
Appendix E. Thermal Expansion Factor
Appendix F. Surge Identification


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About the Author

Theodore Gresh

M. Theodore Gresh is president of Flexware, Inc., Grapeville, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. He has been involved in the design of high efficiency centrifugal compressor staging, field-testing of compressors and steam turbines, troubleshooting various field problems including performance problems, rotor dynamics issues, impeller failures and seal problems for over 40 years. While some of this time was in the Technical Services Dept of Elliott Co., Jeannette, PA, USA, he is presently with Flexware, Inc. a company focused on turbomachinery engineering consulting services, training seminars and software for turbomachinery performance analysis. Gresh received a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1971.

Affiliations and Expertise

Flexware, Inc., Grapeville, Pennsylvania, USA

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