In this paper we discuss the application of regenerative flow compressors (RFC) for low-pressure natural gas compression required by microturbine systems. A brief overview of fundamentals and the hypothesis of the operation of RFC is presented. A mathematical model to describe the complex three-dimensional corkscrew flow pattern in RFC is discussed. Governing equations for the blade and channel region are developed. A one-dimensional (1-D) performance prediction code for RFC based on governing equations and loss models is developed and performance results are compared with experimental data on a multistage RFC. Excellent agreement between theoretical and experimental results is observed, thus validating the proposed mathematical model.
Performance Characteristics of Regenerative Flow Compressors for Natural Gas Compression Application
Contributed by the Advanced Energy Systems Division for publication in the JOURNAL OF ENERGY RESOURCES TECHNOLOGY. Manuscript received at the AES Division March 13, 2003; revised manuscript received December 9, 2004. Associate Editor: E. Sciubba.
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Raheel, M., and Engeda, A. (March 29, 2005). "Performance Characteristics of Regenerative Flow Compressors for Natural Gas Compression Application." ASME. J. Energy Resour. Technol. March 2005; 127(1): 7–14. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1860569
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