The blowers are usually driven from the engine cranks shaft by mean of Spur, helical or herringbone gears, silent chains or V-belts at a speed 2-3 times the engine speed. In the case of turbo-supercharger, the super charger is coupled to a gas turbine in which the exhaust of the engine is expanded.
The positive displacement types are used for low and medium speed engines with speeds not over 4000 rev/min. Positive displacement type used with many reciprocating engines in stationary plants, vehicles and marine installations.
The piston cylinder type is used on large and slow speed stationary engines, but their use is limited since they are bulkier, more expensive and less dependable than the rotary type blowers.
Centrifugal blowers are used both on low speed and high-speed engines. Centrifugal blowers driven by exhaust gas turbine are small and light and are used for stationary, locomotive, and marine and aircraft engine. The speed of the centrifugal type of blowers is high about 10000 to 15000 rev/min for low speed engines and 15000 to 30000 rev/min for high-speed engines such as aircraft engines.
ADVANTAGE OF SUPERCHARGING
The various advantages of supercharging are as follows:
1. Power Increase. Mean effective pressure of the engine can be easily increased by 30 to 50% by supercharging which will result in the increase the power output.
2. Fuel Economy. Due to better combustion because of increased turbulence, better mixing of the fuel and air, and of an increased mechanical efficiency, the specific fuel consumption in most cases, though supercharging reduces not all.
3. Mechanical Efficiency. The mechanical efficiency referred to maximum load is increased since the increase of frictional losses with a supercharger driven directly from the engine is quite smaller as compared to the power gained by supercharging.
4. Fuel Knock. It is decreased due to increased compression pressure because increasing the inlet pressure decreases the ignition lag and this reduces the rate of pressure rise in the cylinder resulting in increasing smoothness of operation.
5. Volumetric Efficiency. Volumetric efficiency is increased since the clearance gases are compressed by the induced charge that is at a higher pressure than the exhaust pressure.