A family of natural gas compressors is designed and developed for application with the Solar Centaur T-3000 gas turbine engine. These compressors are capable of matching the power and speed of the engine over a wide range of compressor suction pressure and flow conditions. Design of these compressors includes analysis of possible aerodynamic configurations, and selection of the mechanical arrangement to best meet the expected installation requirements. Aerodynamic characteristics, bearing and seal performance, impeller integrity, and housing rigidity are all developed in a test program prior to shipment of the first compressors. Follow-up of the first field operation further verifies that the design objectives had been met.

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