Definition - What does Centrifugal Compressor mean?
A centrifugal compressor is a device that has impeller blades set into it. This compressor is used to transfer energy using the impeller blades that rotate to create a centrifugal force. A centrifugal compressor is capable of delivering high flow capacity of gas per unit of the space and the weight. The efficacy and performance of these compressors can easily get affected with any change that affects the gas condition.
Petropedia explains Centrifugal Compressor
A centrifugal compressor uses rotating impeller blades to transfer energy to the gas. Because the flow of gas is radial, the transfer of energy occurs due to a change of centrifugal forces that take place on the gas. Centrifugal compressors are considered reliable, efficient and require low maintenance. These compressors are capable of delivering high flow capacity of gas per unit. There are different kinds of centrifugal compressors such as the multi-stage centrifugal compressor and the single-stage centrifugal compressor.