Improving Rutgers' Air Compressor System’s Efficiency and Performance




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Improving Rutgers Air Compressor System s Efficiency and Performance David Kim kimmaster gmail com Jack Mamiye papapew aol co Kyle Burns silverbullet21 optonline net Torie Rose torgerrose msn com 1 Abstract The purpose of this project was to detail and analyze Rutgers compressed air system ultimately finding ways for Rutgers to save money by using less energy Our motivation for this task was to gain experience and a better understanding of the type of problems engineers face today To do this we first researched what factors affect a compressed air system s performance and efficiency With this knowledge we set out to find problems with the compressed air system by visiting the Cogeneration Cogen Plant and several of the buildings it supplies compressed air to We discovered a number of problems with the system Due to the lack of time however we could not accomplish everything we set out to do Therefore we made recommendations on how the system could consume less energy and what the best possible solution would be for Rutgers to follow using what data we were able to gather Our solution entails that Rutgers have the leaks in their system repaired After this we recommend the purchase of a newer more efficient compressor to Joseph Zavodny jpzavodny comcast net replace the current central compressor Finally we recommend that Rutgers cut off its longest distribution lines and that distant buildings establish their own compressed air systems 2 Introduction Compressed air is commonly referred to as the fourth utility A utility is something which is a basic necessity For example three common utilities are water electricity and natural gas Utilities play a major role in the modern world without them today s technologically advanced society could not function Compressed air is simply air that is pressurized by an air compressor It is known as a utility because it is a type of energy source which is a basic necessity in many industrial environments It can be seen in over seventy






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