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Title: Performance Testing of Jefferson Lab 12 GeV Helium Screw Compressors

Oil injected screw compressors have essentially superseded all other types of compressors in modern helium refrigeration systems due to their large displacement capacity, reliability, minimal vibration, and capability of handling helium's high heat of compression. At the present state of compressor system designs for helium refrigeration systems, typically two-thirds of the lost input power is due to the compression system. It is important to understand the isothermal and volumetric efficiencies of these machines to help properly design the compression system to match the refrigeration process. It is also important to identify those primary compressor skid exergetic loss mechanisms which may be reduced, thereby offering the possibility of significantly reducing the input power to helium refrigeration processes which are extremely energy intensive. This paper summarizes the results collected during the commissioning of the new compressor system for Jefferson Lab's (JLab's) 12 GeV upgrade. The compressor skid packages were designed by JLab and built to print by industry. They incorporate a number of modifications not typical of helium screw compressor packages and most importantly allow a very wide range of operation so that JLab's patented Floating Pressure Process can be fully utilized. This paper also summarizes key features of the skid designmore » that allow this process and facilitate the maintenance and reliability of these helium compressor systems.« less
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  1. Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (TJNAF), Newport News, VA (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
Report Number(s):
JLAB-ACE-15-1950; DOE/OR/23177-3506
Journal ID: ISSN 1757-899X
Grant/Contract Number:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
IOP Conference Series. Materials Science and Engineering (Online)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: IOP Conference Series. Materials Science and Engineering (Online); Journal Volume: 90; Journal ID: ISSN 1757-899X
Research Org:
Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, Newport News, VA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
Country of Publication:
United States