Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Spagnuolo, Antonio URN etd-11152013-040402 Title A study of reciprocating compressor finger valve dynamics Degree Master of Science Department Mechanical Engineering Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title R. G. Mitchiner Committee Chair C.E. Knight Committee Member Robert G. Leonard Committee Member Keywords
Date of Defense 1985-12-05 Availability restricted AbstractThe main objective of this research effort was the construction of a finger valve dynamics model using simplified theory based on steady
flow conditions. The analytical valve positions were then compared to
experimental measurements from an Ingersoll Rand model 242 two-stage air compressor. Proximity probes were used to measure the valve position at
two points on the exhaust valve at two different exhaust valve stop heights and at two points on the intake valve at one intake valve stop
height in the lower exhaust valve stop height configuration only. A data acquisition system was configured to signal average and digitize
the analog data from the sensors using a digital oscilloscope. The data was then sent to and stored in data acquisition computer for future comparisons to analytical results.
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