Publication Type:

Journal Article


Measurement, Volume 152, p.107323 (2020)



central composite design, Oil injection parameters, Optimization, Screw compressor


In this paper, a study has been carried out to find the influence of oil injection parameters on the performance of diesel powered screw air compressor which is used in water well application. Oil injection parameters considered in this study are oil injection orifice size, engine speed and oil injection pressure. Performance of the screw compressor is evaluated by measuring the fuel consumption, discharge oil temperature and free air delivery. An experimental design is created using Central Composite Design (CCD). The lower and upper bound of input parameters were fixed based on the application requirement and theoretical estimation. The experiments were performed as per the experimental design and output responses were recorded. The significance of the input parameters on output responses was studied using Analysis of Variance (ANOVA). Response Surface Methodology (RSM) is employed to study the optimum range of parameters to obtain the best performance of the compressor in drilling and idling cycles. The best performance is achieved by setting engine speed value of 1490 rpm, injection orifice diameter of 9.5 mm and an oil injection pressure of 135 psi(g) in the drilling cycle. For idling cycle, an engine speed of 1260 rpm, oil injection orifice diameter of 8.5 mm and an oil injection pressure of 150 psi(g) result in the best performance of compressor in idling cycle. The optimized parameters are validated by conducting confirmatory tests. The water well screw compressor operated with optimum parameters results in considerable savings in the fuel consumption. A lubrication circuit is designed incorporating the optimum nozzle size obtained in this study.

Cite this Research Publication

K. K. Dhayanandh, K. Ramesh Kumar, A. Sumesh, and Lakshmanan, N., “Influence of oil injection parameters on the performance of diesel powered screw air compressor for water well application”, Measurement, vol. 152, p. 107323, 2020.