Energy conservation in compressed-air systems

Durmus Kaya, Patrick Phelan, David Chau, H. Ibrahim Sarac

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In this paper, we evaluate and quantify the energy losses associated with compressed-air systems, and their costs to manufacturers. We also show how to reduce the cost of compressed air in existing facilities by making some modifications with attractive payback periods. Among the measures, we investigate to reduce the compressed air are: (1) repairing air leaks, (2) installing high-efficiency motors, (3) reducing the average air inlet temperature by using outside air (4) reducing compressor air pressure. We also illustrate the potential saving associated with each measure by using realistic examples.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)837-849
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Energy Research
Issue number9
StatePublished - Jul 2002


  • Air leaks
  • Air pressure
  • Compressed-air systems
  • Energy conservation
  • High-efficiency motor
  • Outside air

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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