Development and Design of Energy Efficient Oil-Flooded Screw Compressors

Authors: Abdan S, Basha N, Kovačević A, Stošić N, Birari A, Asati N
Where published:IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering: IOP Publishing

It is estimated that about 17% of the world’s generated power is used for compression. Thus all, even minor improvement of the efficiency of compressors will substantially reduce CO2 emission. This paper presents development of family of energy efficient oil-flooded screw compressors for Kirloskar Pneumatic Company Ltd. The developmental techniques adopted to improve efficiency such as introduction of superior ‘N’ rotor profile, rotor clearance management, performance calculation using 3D CCM (Computational Continuum Mechanics), direct parametric interface to CAD (Computer Aided Design), which contains bearing selection for complete 3D solid modelling. Also, contemporary prototyping and experimental investigation is supported by the fully computerised data acquisition and processing. The cumulative improvement of all these elements of the design process resulted in a very efficient machine which guarantees the competitive position of Kirloskar Pneumatic Company Limited in the screw compressor market.

Keywords:Computational Continuum Mechanics , Computational Fluid Dynamics , Computer Aided Design , N rotor profile , screw compressor