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forward flow through stopped recip

forward flow through stopped recip

forward flow through stopped recip

will a double acting recip compressor let flow move from suction to discharge when shutdown? in this case suction pressure will be equal or greater than dicharge. i

RE: forward flow through stopped recip

If there is a pressure differential the check valves will leak and/or lift. If you want a tight shut off isolation valves are required.

RE: forward flow through stopped recip

I would say it even stronger, RobinHardy--the main characteristic of the valves on a recip is that they operate fast and can tolerate a very large number of very fast cycles, not that they hold significantly well. If suction pressure exceeds discharge pressure of a stopped recip then gas will flow through a recip just like the compressor wasn't there at all. If discharge is higher then most of the time you will get significant flow from discharge towards suction.

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RE: forward flow through stopped recip

It surprises me sometimes how people think that Non return valves and control valves are as good as isolation valves. They aren't and whilst flow through a pump or compressor isn't common, can easily occur, even for small injection pumps if the system is shut in and then cools down - happened to me once and overdosed a section of fluid by >1000 times.... Actuated isolation valves are your only truly reliable solution.

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