Analysis of Pressure Pulsations in Reciprocating Compressor Piping Systems

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S. S. Grover

Applications Division, The M. W. Kellogg Company, New York, N. Y.

J. Eng. Ind 88(2), 164-168 (May 01, 1966) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3670908 History: Received June 14, 1965; Online December 08, 2011


This paper deals with pulsations in pressure and flow in the reciprocating compressor and connected piping system. A model is presented that describes the excitation at the compressor and the propagation of the pulsations in the interconnected piping. It has been adapted to digital computations to predict the pulse magnitudes in reciprocating compressor piping systems and to assess measures for their control. Predicted results have been compared with field test data and with simplified limiting condition results. A discussion of its practical application is included.

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