With the invention of new electronic gadgets every day, our lives are becoming simpler and simpler, especially in terms of comfort. When it comes to technology, there have been some mind-blowing inventions in the past which are the prime reason for almost all the recently evolved electronic items. One such great example in the field of thermodynamics is an air compressor.
How does it work?
Air compressors are devices which convert the air under normal pressure and temperature to ultra- purified air at a very high pressure under the compressed state. It consists of a pneumatic motor which pressurizes the air and stores it in the storage tank of the compressor. It works on the principle of block and piston arrangement.
Air compressors generally come in these categories:
- HPACs or High-pressure Air Compressors with a maximum pressure of 1000 psi or even more.
- MPACs or Medium pressure Air Compressors with a maximum pressure of 151 psi.
- LPACs or Low-pressure Air Compressors with a maximum pressure of 150 psi.
Today, air compressors find inevitable use in many fields and have become things of everyday importance. Therefore, we list below some of the most common uses of air compressors:
- Used for nail guns:
Gone are the days when you used to hammer a nail into the wood. Nowadays, semi-automatic and automatic nail guns have come into play. But yet, their backbone is pneumatic motors controlled by air compressors. It sends compressed air at high pressure through the valves, which creates enough impulsive force for the nail to be thrust inside the wood. Therefore, this requires minimum human effort.
Spray paintings are a great tool for painting cars, cupboards, bikes and other pieces of metal and to give it a different look. They can be used to paint even those parts which are inaccessible for humans. The secret behind spray paintings is again air compressors. They allow pressurized air to flow through the pipes to the spray gun, where it is mixed with paint and then comes out as we see it.
- Can be used for auto-repair:
If you have an air compressor at home, you can do pretty good stuff with it. For example, you could do small repair works in your car or bike, like cleaning of air filter that may have acquired dirt overuse, installing or changing PCV valves, etc. It can also be used to loosen or tighten screws that are difficult to handle manually.
- It is used in air conditioners and refrigerators:
The most vital use of an air compressor that you could ever find is in your air conditioner that maintains the temperature of your room, as desired and also in refrigerators that keep your vegetables and other stuff healthy for a longer period of time. Compressed air has the property to absorb the heat of the surroundings when it expands back to its normal pressure and temperature. Therefore, it leaves the surroundings cooler. This is the principle behind air conditioners and refrigerators. Without air compressors, this would nearly have been impossible.
The use of air compressors might seem difficult at the starting, but once you learn how to use it safely, it can prove to be a boon for your everyday chores.