### Abstract

Intercooling of compressors is necessary for an efficient process. Among the optimal criteria required, minimizing the compression-specific work is one of the more commonly used. Upon ideal conditions, such a criterion leads to an isothermal compression whose importance is purely theoretical, since it requires an infinite number of intercoolers. In this paper the evaluation of correction factors to the well-known relations of the optimal location of intercoolers in a compression process and its corresponding work of compression was performed for a general compression process which accounts for pressure losses and other irreversibilities as well. As a result of including the pressure losses in the equations, a finite number of intercoolers is evaluated as optimum. The results, although qualitatively expected, show a quantitative nonempirical figure of the optimal number of intercoolers as a function of the terminal pressure ratio and as a function of the relative pressure losses. The ideal conditions are evaluated and verified as a particular case by assuming no pressure losses. In practice, these results can be used as an upper limit for technoeconomical optimization processes.

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages (from-to) | 255-260 |

Number of pages | 6 |

Journal | Journal of Energy Resources Technology, Transactions of the ASME |

Volume | 114 |

Issue number | 3 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - 1992 |

Externally published | Yes |

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- Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
- Fuel Technology
- Energy Engineering and Power Technology
- Mechanical Engineering
- Geochemistry and Petrology

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**The optimal intercooling of compressors by a finite number of interooolers.** / Vadasz, Peter; Weiner, D.

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*Journal of Energy Resources Technology, Transactions of the ASME*, vol. 114, no. 3, pp. 255-260. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.2905950

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AB - Intercooling of compressors is necessary for an efficient process. Among the optimal criteria required, minimizing the compression-specific work is one of the more commonly used. Upon ideal conditions, such a criterion leads to an isothermal compression whose importance is purely theoretical, since it requires an infinite number of intercoolers. In this paper the evaluation of correction factors to the well-known relations of the optimal location of intercoolers in a compression process and its corresponding work of compression was performed for a general compression process which accounts for pressure losses and other irreversibilities as well. As a result of including the pressure losses in the equations, a finite number of intercoolers is evaluated as optimum. The results, although qualitatively expected, show a quantitative nonempirical figure of the optimal number of intercoolers as a function of the terminal pressure ratio and as a function of the relative pressure losses. The ideal conditions are evaluated and verified as a particular case by assuming no pressure losses. In practice, these results can be used as an upper limit for technoeconomical optimization processes.

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