Could an air compressor be used to compress steam? What would be practical problems if any?
Say I have saturated steam at 1 barg and I need to compress it to 2 barg. In theory could I just pipe to the inlet of a conventional air compressor (reciprocating type).
Sounds dicey to me but when someone came up with this idea during brainstorming for a DIY project I couldn't come up with cogent reasons why this would be a bad idea.