A rotary sliding vane compressor was redesigned with extended rods on both edges of each vane and guide slots on both cover plates to improve its performance. The governing equations were derived to obtain loads acting on vanes and the stress of vanes. The finite element method is used with a generated computer program to determine the stress of vanes based on the calculated loads and the measured loads acting on the vanes. The results were compared and show good agreement with those obtained by using an existing software IDEAS.

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