# Understanding Input and Output Power

The ISO1217 standard outlines how to test positive displacement compressors’ performance, including assessing how much air the compressor can deliver and the energy it uses. Here’s a simpler breakdown of the key points:

**1. Input Power:**

- Drive Motor Nominal Power: This refers to the main power of the compressor’s motor, measured as the power it outputs, not the electrical power it consumes.
- Drive Motor Nominal Efficiency: This is the motor’s efficiency in converting its output power to electrical input power, with efficient motors achieving around 95% efficiency under full load.
- Package Input Power: The total power used by the compressor system to deliver a specific output.
- Package Offload Power: This is the power consumed when the compressor is not delivering any air (zero flow).

**2. Capacity and Specific Power:**

- Output Delivery Capacity: This is the rate of air flow the compressor can deliver, usually measured in Nm³/min (normalized cubic meters per minute) or acfm (actual cubic feet per minute).
- Specific Power: The amount of input power required per unit of capacity, measured in kW/(Nm³/min) or kW/100acfm.

**3. Common Definitions:**

- Nominal Package Power: Often refers to the drive motor’s nominal power, excluding extra power-consuming devices like fans or control gear.
- Service Factor: Indicates if the motor operates at a power level higher than its nominal value. For example, a service factor of 1.15 for a 75 kW motor means it’s running at 86.3 kW.

**4. Estimations and Calculations:**

The standard provides guidelines for estimating actual input power and total package input power based on the compressor’s nominal power, service factor, and efficiency. It also helps estimate phase current and includes factors for considering air pressure, temperature, and humidity in capacity calculations.

**5. Output Capacity and Efficiency:**

ISO1217 specifies how to measure the volume rate of flow at different conditions and how to compare different compressors. It explains why actual delivery capacity might differ from published data due to varying environmental factors.

**Understanding these key points from ISO1217 helps you evaluate compressor performance and efficiency more effectively. Always verify any claims with compliant data sheets and check for industry memberships for reliability.**