2 IntroductionIn the seventeenth century it was discovered that air had weight and was compressible. Its practical use in a compressed form started at that time.Early documented used of compressed air was for the reed type of musical wind instrument, which later became the pipe organ.The first compressor constructed in the United States was in 1865.
3 Theory of Gas Compression Air has weight and it is the weight of the column of air over a particular location that determines the atmospheric pressure at that particular location.At sea level and under average temperature and moisture conditions, a one square inch column of air extending up to the uppermost limit of the atmosphere weighs about 14.7 pounds.Atmospheric pressure at sea level is, therefore, about 14.7 pounds per square inch at 60oF and 36% relative humidity.
4 Theory of Gas Compression Consider a confined volume of gas. The gas molecules are distributed throughout the volume and are widely separated as compared to their size.They move at high velocity and collide frequently with each other and with the walls of the vessel.The continuous bombardment of the enclosing walls produces pressure and the intensity of pressure depends on the number, mass, and velocity of the molecules.Temperature is a measure of the kinetic energy of the molecules which, in turn, depends on their mass and velocity.If the confined gas is heated, its stored energy will be increased and the molecules will move with increased speed.Therefore both pressure and temperature will increase.The rise in temperature is evidence of an increase in the amount of internal energy stored in the gas.
5 Theory of Gas Compression If the enclosing vessel is fitted with a piston so that the air can be compressed into smaller volume, the moving piston delivers energy to the molecules, causing them to move with increased velocity.As with heating, this results in a temperature increase. Thus, the work of compression is stored as internal energy in the air.Further more, all of the molecules have been forced into smaller space which results in an increased number of collisions on a unit area of the wall. This, together with increased molecule velocity, results in increased pressure.Compression may be thought of as forcing a confined volume (or weight) of gas into a smaller space to increase pressure,It is accompanied by a rise in temperature (and an increase of stored internal energy).
6 Purpose of Gas Compressor Purpose of gas compressor is to compress a gas from an initial or suctionpressure to a final or higher discharge pressure.Compression of gases to adequate higher pressureis necessary to perform operational functions.Transmission – move gas from place to place or from one part of a process operation to another.Recovery – mixture of gases remaining after separating condensable component are compressed for further liquification.Air compression - conveying, for power tools, process operations, etc. .
7 How Compressors WorksIndividual gas always travel at high speed, at normal temperature, they strike against the walls of an enclosing vessel and produce what is known as pressure.When heat is added, the molecules even travel faster, so they hit the containing walls of the vessel harder and more often. This shows up as greater pressure.If the enclosing vessel is fitted with a piston so that the gas can be squeezed into a smaller space, molecule travel is restricted. The molecules hit the walls with greater frequency increasing the pressure. The moving piston also delivers energy to the molecules, causing them to move with increased velocity.As with heating, this results in temperature increase. Furthermore, all the molecules have been forced into a smaller space, which results in an increased number of collisions on a unit area of wall. This , together with increased molecules velocity results in increased pressure.
8 How Compressors WorkThe compression of gases to higher pressure can result in very high temperature creating problems in compressor design.All basic compressor elements, regardless of type, have certain limiting operating conditions.Basic elements are single stage.When a temperature limitation is involved it becomes necessary to multiple stage the compression process.
9 Major Design Classification There are 2 major design classification ofcompressor:Positive displacementDynamic
10 1. Positive Displacement Compressors In positive displacement compressor, successive volumes of air areconfined within a closed space and pressure is increased by reducingvolume of spaceTwo types of positive displacement compressors:ReciprocatingRotary
12 Reciprocating Compressor-principal elements The principal elements of a reciprocating gas compressor are:Cylinder, heads, pistons, inlet and discharge valvesPower-transmitting parts such as crankshaft, crossheads, connecting rods, flywheelLubricating system.
13 Reciprocating Compressor Reciprocating compressor uses automatic spring loaded valves whichopen only when the proper differential pressure exist across the valve.Operations1. Inlet valves open drawing in gas when the pressure in the cylinder is slightly below the intake pressure2. During the compression stroke the inlet and discharge valves are closed until the pressure in the cylinder is slightly above the discharge pressure3. The discharge valves open and the gases flow out until the discharge stroke is completedAs the piston moves back in the expansion stroke both the inlet and discharge valves remain closedThe gases trapped in the clearance space increase in volume causing a reduction in pressureWhen the pressure in the cylinder once again is slightly below the inlet pressure the inlet valves open drawing in gas and the compression cycle is repeated.
18 Positive Displacement Compressor Rotary CompressorIn rotary compressors, force is given to the gas or air by a rotating impeller.Design of rotary compressors are numerous and there are many modifications of the rotary principleGenerally one-stage machines, compressing to moderate pressures.Most of these units have no provision for cooling water.In some machines, it is necessary to have the rotary elements – cams, drums, blades or gears – form an airtight contact with the casing so that the air can not leak neither around the ends of the rotary member nor past the peripheral surface.Volume of air increases with speedLubrication consist of supplying a film of oil to the surface of all sliding internal parts and to the bearing supporting the rotary parts. Purpose is to prevent wear and abrasion of part in contact and as sealing film to prevent air leakage.
23 2. Dynamic CompressorsDynamics compressors use rotating elements to accelerate the gas bydiffusing action, velocity is converted to static pressure. Total energy inA flowing gas stream is constant. Entering an enlarged section, flowspeed is reduced and some of the velocity energy turns into pressureenergy. Thus, static pressure is higher in the enlarged section.Two types of dynamic compressors:Centrifugalaxial
24 Dynamic Compressors - Centrifugal Centrifugal compressor is a dynamic displacement machine wherein inertial forces is applied to a gas transmitted by an imeller which, by dynamic centrifugal forces is applied to the gas transmitted by an impeller which, by dynamic centrifugal motion, adds velocity energy through acceleration of the gas.This velocity energy (called kinetic energy) is retarded in a vaned or vaneless diffuser, transforming most of that velocity energy into additional static pressure.In the diffuser, the same as in the additional compressor components, like the inlet collector, exit collector, stationary vanes to guide the flow, etc, there are pressure losses. Therefore, the impeller has to produce enough energy to satisfy the pressure requirements plus those losses.
25 Dynamic Compressors - Centrifugal Centrifugal compressors or blowers consist of a casing in which revolve one or more impellers (bladed wheels) mounted on a shaft supported by one or more bearings.Gas enters the impeller near the shaft and is discharged at the outer end of the impeller blades.When the shaft is rotated, the effect of centrifugal force upon the gas within the impeller causes its compression and, at the same time, induces it to flow through the impeller.The gas passing through the impeller is accelerated, and the increase in velocity is a form of energy convertible into additional pressure.The conversion is produced by the gradual and orderly Deceleration of the gas either in a bladed or open diffuser, or in a volute or scroll surrounding the impeller.
28 Dynamic Compressors-centrifugal Centrifugal Compressor ElementsImpeller – Gas is given an outward thrust or radial velocitykinetic energy added to the gas by increasing speedDiffusers – Reduces velocity of gas gradually converting velocity energy to pressureVolute – Collects compressed gas and directs to outlets.
29 Dynamic Compressors - Centrifugal Three main types of impeller used in centrifugal compressors are:Open ImpellerSemi-open ImpellerEnclosed Impeller
30 Dynamic Compressors - Centrifugal Open impeller is used in single stage compressors to produce high head with but small flow (capacity)
31 Dynamic Compressors - Centrifugal Semi-enclosed impeller is used in single staged compressors or in the first stage of multi-stage compressors to produce a large flow
32 Dynamic Compressors - Centrifugal The enclosed impeller is used in multi-stage compressors where pressure is increased in to a high discharge pressure
33 Operation of Centrifugal Compressor Compression of gas is accomplished by drawing the gas into the center of the impeller and discharging it at the periphery with considerable velocityThis velocity is converted into pressure in the diffuser passage which in turn guide the gas into the inlet of the next impellerShaft sealing of centrifugal compressors is usually accomplished by labyrinth rings.If the vapor being compressed is volatile or flammable, a pressure draw-off before the last ring in the compressors suction line of a liquid or gas seal on the gland to the atmosphere is frequently used.
34 Dynamic Compressors-Centrifugal Surge PointThere is for every speed and pressure of a centrifugal compressor a certain minimum volume below which the machine does not operate properly. This volume is called the surge pointBelow it delivery of gas becomes irregular, reversing itself at frequent intervals with a characteristic noise known as surging.Surge conditionNheadChoke condition (stone wall)Volume FlowCompressor Performance Curve
36 Dynamic Compressor - Centrifugal Surge (con’t)Refer to - Surge cycle figureConsider a compressor operating in steady state at point A. If the load is reduced, the OP (operating point) must move toward B. the SURGE POINT. At B the compressor is producing more flow than the load can absorb. This fluid is temporarily stored in the discharge volume, but the discharge pressure cannot rise above B. The only relief for these conditions is for the OPERATING POINT to jump to point C. This is the flow reversal often observed during surge.With negative flow the discharge pressure drops (traject C-D). At point D we find that the flow is insufficient to build up the pressure necessary to reach B, so the OPERATING POINT jumps to E. Now the flow is in excess of the load and the OPERATING POINT will move up the curve to reach B again. This completes one SURGE CYCLE. The typical duration of one SURGE CYCLE is 0.5 to 2.0 seconds.
37 Dynamic Compressors - Centrifugal Surge (con’t)The consequences of surge are severe. Besides process disturbance and the eventual process trips and disruption, surge can damage the compressor:- Damage to seals and bearings is common.- Internal clearance are altered, leading to internal recycle- Lowering of compressor efficiency- Destruction of compressor rotor
38 Dynamic Compressors - Centrifugal Surge (con’t)Protection methodAs shown earlier, a combination of high discharge pressure and low flow can result in surge. Avoiding one or both of these situations prevents a compressor from going into surge. A working solution can be found in a RECYCLE or BLOW-OFF line. Operating a valve, positioned in this line, reduces the discharge pressure and increases the load thus preventing surge.Various surge control systems are not included in this general course.
39 Dynamic Compressors-Axial In axial flow compressors, gas moves generally parallel to the shaft axis.The axial compressor or blower is a dynamic type of machine, identified by the use of moving and stationary blading to accomplish the velocity-pressure conversionfor pressure increase. In general, axial compressor design is based on the theory of 50% reactionThis means that half of the pressure rise is accomplished in the rotor blade and half in the stator bladeAs gas flows through the rotating blades, pressure and velocity both increaseEach row of stationary blades converts the energy of the increased velocity to additional pressure, acting as a diffuser for the gas flowing out of the precedingrow of rotating blades. Also, the stationary blades act as nozzle to guide the gas into the next row of rotating blades.Each stage consists, therefore, of one rotating and one stationary row of blading.
40 Safety Devices Typical Compressor Safety Devices Name Function Relief valves On the discharge side to relieve excessivepressureOverspeed Trips driver when compressor exceedShutdown predetermine safe speedOil failure For system fitted with pressureshutdown lubrication. Protects bearing by stoppingunit when oil pressure failsJacket-water Shutdown compressor if water pressure fails.Valve Operated either by pressure or temperature.Over-pressure Stops compressor when discharge pressureShutdown goes above pre-set safe valveExcessive temp Automatically stops unit on a pre-set high dischargeShutdown temperatureMain bearing Thermal shutdown device stops compressor ifProtection bearing temperature goes too high
43 Over-speed safety Stop In a typical over-speed safety stop, the revolving part is connected to the magneto drive shaft. If the engine reach a pre-set point (rpm), the weight W is thrown out, overcoming the spring S. The weight hits the plunger P which snaps down and presses the copper disk C against the contact A. This grounds the magneto and stops the engine.
44 Guides – How to Prevent Compressor Failure Guide: Starting of electric motor driven compressors:If work has been done on a compressor, before starting, turn over by hand at least one revolution to make sure everything is clearAlways be sure cooling water is circulating through compressor before attempting to start. If the operator neglects to turn on the cooling water and starts the compressor first, do not turn cooling water into compressor, but shutdown and allow compressor to cool before re-starting machineAlways be sure ventilating system(s) are in operation before attempting to startRefer to manufacturer’s instruction book for means of determining lubrication requirementWatch any bearing that is taken up for a reasonable time to be certain it is not too tightNever open gas cylinder without first purging it.
45 Gas Turbine Flow Diagram of a Simple Cycle 2 Shaft Gas Turbine Fuel Exhaust GasesCompressed airHot gasesCombustion chamberHPTCompressorLPTLoadAir inFlow Diagram of a Simple Cycle 2 Shaft Gas Turbine
46 Gas Turbine Gas turbine Principle of Gas Turbine operation The gas turbine portion of the mechanical drive gas turbine unit is that part in which fuel and air are used to produce shaft horsepower.The compressor/high pressure turbine rotor is initially brought to 20% speed by a starting device. Atmospheric air drawn into the compressor is piped to the combustion chambers where fuel is delivered under pressure.A high voltage spark ignites the fuel-air mixture. [Once ignited, combustion will remain continuous in the air stream for as long as fuel is delivered to the combustion chamber]. The hot gases increase the speed of the compressor/high pressure turbine (HPT) rotor. This in turn increases the compressor discharge pressure.
47 Gas Turbine Gas turbine Principle of Gas Turbine operation (con’t) As the pressure begins to increase, the low pressure turbine rotor will begin to rotate and both turbine rotors will accelerate to operating speed. The products of combustion (high pressure/high temperature gases) expand first thru the high pressure turbine and then thru the low pressure turbine and exhausted to atmosphere.As the expanding gases pass thru the high pressure turbine amd impinge on the turbine buckets, they causes the turbine to spin; thus rotating the compressor and applying a torgue output to the driven accessories. The gases also spin the low pressure turbine before exhausting; thus rotating the load. The rotor spins in a counterclockwise direction when viewed from the inlet end.
48 Gas Turbine Gas turbine Principle of Gas Turbine operation (con’t) 1. Compressor sectionIn the compressor, air is confined to the space between the rotor and stator blading where it is compressed in stages by a series of alternate rotor and stator airfoil shaped blades. The rotor blades supply the force needed to compress the air in each stage and the stators blades guide the air so that it enters the following rotor stage at the proper angle. The compressed air exists through the compressor discharge casing to the combustion chambers.Air is extracted from the compressor for turbine cooling, for bearing lube oil sealing, and for pulsation control during start up/shutdown.
49 Gas Turbine Gas turbine Principle of Gas Turbine operation (con’t) 2. Combustion sectionDuring operation, air from the compressor flows into the combustion wrapper and into the annular space between the liner and the flow-shied. This air flows into the liner, is mixed with fuel, and ignited.The combustion chamber has the difficult task of burning large quantities of fuel, supplied by the compressor, and releasing the heat in such a manner that the air is expanded and accelerated to give a smooth stream of uniformly heated gas at all conditions required by the turbine
50 Gas Turbine Gas turbine Principle of Gas Turbine operation (con’t) 2. Combustion sectionCombustion processAir from the engine compressor enters the combustion chamber at a high velocity, and because of this high velocity the air speed is far too high for combustion. The first thing that the chamber must do is to diffuse it, i.e. decelerate it and raise its static pressure. Because the speed of burning fuel at normal mixture ratios is not high, any fuel lit even in the diffused air stream, which now has a velocity of about 80% less, would be blown away.A region of low axial velocity has therefore to be created in the chamber, so that the flame will remain alight throughout the range of engine operating conditions.
51 Gas Turbine Gas turbine Principle of Gas Turbine operation (con’t) 2. Combustion sectionCombustion processIn normal operation, the overall air/fuel ratio of a combustion chamber can vary between 45:1 and 130:1, so the fuel must be burned with only part of the air entering the chamber, what is called a primary combustion zone.This is achieved by means of a flame tube (combustion liner) that has various devices for metering the airflow distribution along the chamber.About 28% of the compressed air is utilized to burn the fuel in the primary zone. The surplus of the compressed air not being used for complete combustion is sent down the annular space and eventually mixed up with the hot gases.
52 Gas Turbine Gas turbine Principle of Gas Turbine operation (con’t) 2. Combustion sectionTypical Combustion ChamberDilution holeFlame tubeAir casing8%10%10%18%Comp. air28%72%Burning totalPerforated flareDilution totalFuelPrimary zoneSwirl vanesNozzle
53 Gas Turbine Principle of gas turbine (con’t) About 28% of the compressed air is utilized to burn the fuel in theprimary zone. About 18% is taken in by the entry section. Immediately downstream of the entry section are swirl vanes and a perforated flare through which air passes into the primary combustion zone. The swirling air induces a flow upstream of the center of the flame tube for the desired recirculation.Through the wall of the flame tube, adjacent to the combustion zone, are a selected number of holes through which a further 10% of the main flow of air passes into the primary zone.The air from the swirl vanes and that from the primary air holes interacts and creates a region of low velocity recirculation.
54 Gas Turbine Principle of gas turbine (con’t) This takes the form of a toroidal vortex similar to a smoke ring, and has the effect of stabilizing and anchoring the flame.It is arranged that the conical fuel spray from the burner intersects the recirculating vortex at its center. This action, together with the general turbulence in the primary zone, greatly assists in breaking up the fuel and mixing it with the incoming air.The temperature of the combustion gases released by the combustion zone is about 1,800 to 2,000oC, which is far too hot for entry to the nozzle guide vane of the turbine. The air not used for combustion is introduced progressively into the flame tube. Approximately half is used to lower the gas temperature and the other half is used for cooling the walls of the flame tube.
55 Gas Turbine Principle of gas turbine (con’t) 3. Turbines The turbine has the task of providing the power to drive the compressor and accessories and providing shaft power for gas compressors, generator rotors, etc.It does this by extracting energy from the hot gases released from the combustion system and expanding them to a lower pressure and temperature.To produce the driving torque, the turbine may consist of several stages, each employing one row of stationary nozzle guide vanes and one row of moving blades. The number of stages depends on whether the engine has one shaft or two and on the relation between the power required from the gas flow, the rotational spped at which it must be produced and the diameter of turbine permitted.
56 Gas Turbine Principle of gas turbine (con’t) 3. Turbines The number of shafts varies with the type of engine; high compression ratio engines usually have two shafts, driving high and low pressure compressors. The design of the nozzle guide vane and turbine blade passages is based broadly on aerodynamic consideration and to obtain optimum efficiency compatible with compressor and combustion design, the nozzle guide vanes and turbine blades are of a basic aerofoil shape (like an airplane wing).The relationship and juxtaposition of these shapes are such that the turbine functions partly under impulse and partly under reaction conditions; that is to say the turbine blades experience an impulse force caused by the initial impact of the gas on the blades and a reaction force resulting from the expansion and acceleration of the gas through the blade passages. Normally, gas turbine engines do not use either pure impulse or pure reaction turbine blades.
57 Gas Turbine Principle of gas turbine (con’t) 3. Turbines With an impulse turbine, the total pressure drop across each stage occurs in the fixed nozzle guide vanes and the effect on the turbine blades is one of momemtum only; whereas with a reaction turbine, the total pressure drop occurs through the turbine blade passages.The proportion of each principle incorporated in the design of a turbine is therefore largely dependent on the type of engine in which the turbine is to operate, but in general it is about 50% impulse and 50% reaction.
58 Gas Turbine Principle of gas turbine (con’t) 3. Turbines nozzleturbinenozzleTurbine driven by the impulse of the gas flow onlyTurbine driven by the impulse of the gas flow and its subsequent reaction as it accelerates through the converging blade passage
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