In this study, mean streamline and Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analyses were performed to investigate the performance of a small centrifugal steam compressor using a latent heat recovery technology. The results from both analysis methods showed good agreement. The compression ratio and efficiency of steam were found to be related with those of air by comparing the compression performances of both gases. Thus, the compression performance of steam could be predicted by the compression performance of air using the developed dimensionless parameters.
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Han Seo Ko is a Professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University. He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 1998 from Texas A&M University. His research interests are flow control, microfluidics, optical tomography, micro-droplet ejection and heat and mass control.
Seung-Hwan Kang is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University. His research interests are computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and radiation heat transfer.
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Kang, SH., Ryu, C. & Ko, H.S. Analysis of performance for centrifugal steam compressor. J Mech Sci Technol 30, 5521–5527 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12206-016-1120-7