How Does a Centrifugal
Compressor Work?

Centrifugal compressors, also known as dynamic compressors, efficiently converts the energy utilizing a series of stages to compress and cool the air as it continuously flows through the unit. A centrifugal compressor imparts kinetic energy into the airstream by increasing the velocity of the air using a rotating element and then converts this kinetic energy into potential energy in the form of pressure. In between each stage of compression, the air is cooled, and excess moisture is removed to further increase the efficiency and air quality. This design results in the ability to produce large quantities of air efficiently in a relatively small package.

Due to the continuous flow through multiple stages, centrifugal compressors are designed to thrive in higher capacities and are best suited for applications above 200 total horsepower. 

Centrifugal Compressor Animation

Watch an FS-Elliott air compressor in action as the air travels through each stage of the process, resulting in a reliable, ISO 8573-1 Class 0 oil-free air stream to power a variety of industrial applications.