Pressure pulsations in the piping system of the reciprocating compressor produce excessive noise and even lead to damage in piping and machinery. Therefore, it is very important to predict precisely the pressure pulsation with large amplitude in the piping system. In this paper, the finite disturbance theory is used to solve the nonlinear partial differential equations that describe the unsteady one-dimensional compressible flow in the complex piping system. The solution is then compared with experimental results. The comparison shows that the finite theory fits the large pressure disturbance more precisely than the acoustic theory.

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