A Simple Guide to Understanding Compressors

James M. Watterson

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This straightforward guide to compressors seeks to unveil a lot of myths surrounding compressors. In this book, we will be looking at most types of compressors, including the centrifugal compressors, the air compressors, and of course the most troublesome of all compressors, the reciprocating compressors.

Having a compressor with minimal operating problems does not only depend on the selection of the right type and size for your job. Detailed specifications of all auxiliary equipment and operating conditions, as well as keeping constant vigilance over the engineering and installation is imperative. The Simple Guide will explain in a simple yet definitive manner which compressor type is best used for which job and what it can produce.

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James M. Watterson

James M. Watterson has a PhD in mechanical engineering and is currently serving as independent training consultant with JMW, United Arab Emirates, since January 2003, and as part-time senior lecturer/lead trainer–commissioning and process start-up in the oil and gas refineries with ADNOC since February 2011. He trains groups of maintenance, operations, instrumentation, and planning engineers. Previously he was managing director at JW Management and Marketing Consultancy from September 1985 to October 2000.