New X-FLO Steam Compressor Fabricated To Withstand Corrosion
—Free Literature Available The Ingersoll-Rand Company, Charlotte, N.C., recently announced the introduction of the X-FLO steam turbo compressor. Peter Baldwin, vice president and division general manager, Single Stage Product Division, said the steam model is "identical in its revolutionary aerodynamic design to the new Ingersoll-Rand X-FLO mixed flow air/gas compressor, but it is fabricated specifically to withstand steam's highly corrosive properties." The X-FLO Steam model includes a 316 stainless steel volute with insulation and shrouding to minimize heat loss. Impellers can be made of 17-4 PH stainless steel or titanium. A special labyrinth seal for the injection and/or extraction of buffer steam is also standard. As with the air/gas X-FLO, the steam model features stainless steel inlet guide vanes and utilizes a horizontally split gearcase for ease of access and inspection.
The X-FLO Steam configuration's performance specifications include 1,000 to 75,000 cfm, Adiabatic heads to 43,000 feet and compression ratios of up to 2:1.
According to the manufacturer, the X-FLO's unique design is ideally suited for higher flow capacities and pressures normally associated with single-stage centrifugal designs. Reportedly, all X-FLO models offer some advantages over conventional centrifugal compressors including: smaller size; easier installation and start-up; substantial energy savings in most cases; and lower installation, operation and maintenance costs.
The X-FLO Steam compressor is especially useful for vapor recompressions processes, where steam is recycled for evaporation, distillation, drying, concentration or crystallization. For more information and free literature on the new X-FLO Steam Turbo Compressor from Ingersoll- Rand,