Virtual Workshop | March 27, 2024 | 4 PDH
In layman's terms, this short course explains how reciprocating compressor cylinders work by focusing on the pressure-volume (P-V) diagram and the governing fundamental thermodynamic principles. This includes discussions of pressure-time and pressure-volume diagrams, volumetric efficiency, capacity, and power as derived from the P-V diagrams, and compression efficiency. It also covers the effects on the P-V diagram of changing conditions (pressure, rotating speed, thermodynamic properties, etc.), gas analysis, temperature, and pulsation. Mechanical design details are covered only very generally. Understanding the pressure-volume diagram and the basic thermodynamics is vital and forms a solid foundation for a deeper understanding of the mechanical aspects.