Development of an Equation to Predict Flow Through Reciprocating Compressors
For years, the industry has strived to predict the horsepower consumed by a reciprocating compressor using various equations. These equations have been very accurate for the chosen application. In the meantime, the industry for the most part continues to utilize the theoretical flow equation to predict the flow through the compressors. This paper will begin with the theoretical flow equation and derive a flow equation that can be used with currently collected compressor horsepower data.