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Has anyone tried air power? Answered

I have been experimenting with compressed air. Currently I am working on a compressed air turbine. So far it so promise. I'm running a 18" x12" casing. It turns about 10,500 rpm and runs through a gear reducer to provide torque that I need to run a generator. I have a small screw compressor to refill the tank.

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alvin9861
alvin9861

9 years ago

By using a small screw compressor for constant air volume. There is enough torque off the engine for that use. I will not show any pics until I have a stable working platform.

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alvin9861
alvin9861

9 years ago

The reason for using air power is simple. The engine can use run anything you want. The one I have constructed is to test that issue. As with any new idea comes problem. I am working on using air power to run a 4 cylinder gas engine.

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Re-design
Re-design

9 years ago

I remember reading about a test that ran some buses and some small cars on compressed air engines.  Very clean ONCE you have the air compressed but it takes a lot of energy to compress the air.

You're probably better off using what ever power you were planning to use to compress the air to directly run the generator.  That way you don't loose anything in the conversion.

Unless you have a source of surplus air pressure that is being generated as surplus already.  I don't know of a source of surplus air pressure, do you?

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caarntedd
caarntedd

Answer 9 years ago

Surplus pressure? My gut.

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Answer 9 years ago

TMI.

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caarntedd
caarntedd

Answer 9 years ago

But I haven't told you which end it comes out of yet.

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Answer 9 years ago

Either end is still too much :-)

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Answer 9 years ago

Large industrial and scientific laboratories often have centralized compressed air ("house air") with feed connections at various walls and workbenches. One could imagine hooking up a turbine generator to one of those feeds. Of course, those same labs usually have a large number of, er, electrical outlets in the same places...

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Answer 9 years ago

That's what I was thinking. Its not "safe" power, like "air power" usually is, and why ist used, because the generator can't be intrinsically safe.

Steve

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Answer 9 years ago

Well, if the builder includes a deadman switch, it's intrinsically safe: the turbine will shut off as soon as the broken blade cuts off his head...

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

9 years ago

To what end ? Yes, you can have an airpowered generator. What's the point ?

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lemonie
lemonie

Answer 9 years ago


I have seen air-motors used to drive stirrers in pharmaceutical-labs (mind you, they had steam-taps too...)


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