Test Apparatus for Performance Evaluation of Compressed Air End-Use Applications


Compressed air is an integral utility part of industrial utility systems. Any improvement in compressed air system will lead to reduction in utility cost. The effectiveness of utilization side of compressed air is usually dependent upon operator’s discretion. There are no performance testing methods available for testing existing end use equipments. A test apparatus for estimation of compressed air flow based on measurement of pressure reduction in a fixed volume cylinder in a given time is developed. The test apparatus is easy to build and simple to operate in an industrial environment. This can be used for measuring performance of any pneumatic end-use equipment and for benchmarking the performance. The test apparatus was used in a foundry for quantifying the performance of the old and new blow guns.

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Sardeshpande, V. , Patil, V. and Murali, C. (2013) Test Apparatus for Performance Evaluation of Compressed Air End-Use Applications. Open Journal of Energy Efficiency, 2, 29-33. doi: 10.4236/ojee.2013.21005.

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