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Some Psychometric Aspects of a Hydraulic Air Compressor (HAC)

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Li-Ting Chen

Department of Mechanical and Energy Systems Engineering, Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz. 85281; Department of Power Mechanical Engineering, National Tsing-Hua University, Taiwan

W. Rice

Department of Mechanical and Energy Systems Engineering, Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz. 85281

J. Energy Resour. Technol 104(3), 274-276 (Sep 01, 1982) (3 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3230415 History: Received July 15, 1981; Revised January 25, 1982; Online October 22, 2009

Abstract

In a hydraulic air compressor the air is surrounded by water during the compression process which is virtually isothermal. Depending on the state of the inlet air, the compressor water temperature, and the compression ratio, the compressed air may have higher or lower absolute humidity than that of the inlet air. Relationships between the two humidities are developed and criteria for “drying” to occur are presented.

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