Practical issues in model-based surge control for centrifugal compressors

J. Helvoirt, van, A.G. Jager, de, M. Steinbuch, J.P.M. Smeulers

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The performance and operating range of centrifugal compressors is limited by the occurrence of an aerodynamic instability called surge. This paper deals with the technological barriers for feedback stabilization of full-scale centrifugal compression systems. A dynamic model for a single stage compressor test rig is presented and a surge control strategy is discussed. Then the critical problems of model accuracy and sensor and actuator limitations are discussed. These problems are illustrated with simulation results and experimental data. We conclude by suggesting directions for further work in order to successfully implement active surge control in full-scale applications.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 9th European Fluid Machinery Congress, 23-26 April, 2006, The Hague, Netherlands
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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