Compressors offer unique challenges for proper design due to the risk of compressor surge. Traditionally, the challenge has been a trade-off between safety and efficiency. Fortunately, today’s most modern instruments can resolve this issue.
The most notable improvements concerning the instrumentation industry are differential pressure transmitters, temperature transmitters and valve positioners.
Differential pressure transmitter performance – recognized for its speed-of-response, total performance and stability – now allows plants to safely operate the compressor closer to the surge curve. In doing so, this also improves energy efficiency.
The temperature measurement is needed for the mass flow, and should use a precise grade A+ RTD to assure the best accuracy for the calculation.
Sometimes forgotten in the control loop performance discussion is the final control element and how the use of a smart positioner (with a configurable output) and a volume booster. This configuration can greatly improve valve and loop response.
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