Supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) Brayton power cycles are typically designed to operate with compressor inlet conditions near the critical point to take advantage of the high density of the fluid at these conditions. While designing the cycle to operate here improves cycle efficiency, it also creates challenges for designing the compressor and predicting off-design compressor performance due to real gas fluid properties near the critical point. Multiple compressor performance map evaluation methodologies which incorporate real gas corrections have been proposed in literature with only limited evaluation of the accuracy of these methods compared to operational data from compressors designed for sCO2 power cycles. This paper evaluates compressor performance from the 100 kWe Integrated System Test (IST), which was operated at the Naval Nuclear Laboratory, over a range of compressor inlet conditions and rotational speeds relative to one real gas performance map correction methodology and assesses the impact of additional terms proposed in literature for improving the accuracy of off-design performance predictions.

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