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    Wondering about double acting compressors



    Hello

    As the title says, I'm wondering how small it is possible to make an double acting cylinder, and what capacity you might be able to get out of it :-)

    Any suggestions?

    Regards



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    Re: Wondering about double acting compressors

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    A compound compressor?

    One where one or more pistons (cylinders) pump
    into another piston (cylinder).

    If that is what you mean then they can be as small
    as a domestic compressor, you just need a comp with
    two or three pistons on one crank. You then need to
    interconnect the low stage pistons into the high side.

    I have a domestic comp stripped down on my bench and
    all the suction / discharge valves are accessible, so it is
    just a mater of doing the engineering to convert it.

    Temperature, pressure and oil distribution could be a problem though.

    You might need to pump the oil under pressure because gravity feed
    will always force the oil to the low side of the system and therefore
    the bearings on the high side might dry out???

    Oil is the only problem I see.

    Regards

    Rob

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