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Enhancement of Performance of the Intercooler Used in Two Stage Reciprocating Air Compressor

Author(s):

S. Venkatesan , M R K INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY; S. Malarmannan, M R K INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY; K. Anandavelu, M R K INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Keywords:

Air Compressor, Intercooler, Low Cost Cooling Medium, Performance Enhancement, Comparison of Cooling Medium

Abstract

An air compressor is a device that converts mechanical energy into pressure energy. Usually mechanical energy applied from an electric motor, a diesel engine or a petrol engine. Air from atmosphere enters into the compressor. It is compressed to a high pressure. Then, this high pressure air is delivered to a storage tank. (Vessel or reservoir). From the storage tank, it can be sent to any desired place for any purpose through pipe lines. In a multi stage air compressor, compression of air takes place in more than one cylinder. Almost all the multistage compressor applications, air will be cooled between the stages which are also known as inter cooling. The intercooling is possible to the intercooler. An intercooler is a heat exchanger. It exchanges the heat of compressed air from the LP compressor to the circulating water before the air enters the HP compressor. Inter cooling of a compressor is necessary for an efficient process. With inter cooling, the compressor is more closely to an isothermal compression with resulting lower power requirement. In the present work, the different type of low cost cooling medium and additives are used to enhance the performance of the intercooler (shell and tube) in two stage reciprocating air compressor. Form this process the volumetric efficiency of the compressor is increased and work requirement lowered when compared with the existing one. In this process ,the main objectives was to find a viable solution to reducing the temperature of the compressed air in to the two stage reciprocating compressor by using a low cost cooling medium and additives in the existing intercooler. The proposed idea was to enhance the performance of the intercooler used in two stage reciprocating air compressor. During this experiment, a makeup of proposed cooling medium was used utilizing real world conditions get data for validating the possibility of proposed cooling medium.

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Paper ID: IJSRDV6I30992
Published in: Volume : 6, Issue : 3
Publication Date: 01/06/2018
Page(s): 1912-1917

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