Wonderful Engineering

Inspired By Sixteenth Century’s Technology, Here Is Carnot’s Creation Of Oil-Less Air Compressor

Using a five-hundred-year-old method, a California based company creates an air compressor that is far more durable, has better heat management, and cuts down noise noticeably. It is more efficient compared to the modern technology used in air compressors.

As in the sixteenth century air compressors, Carnot’s design also uses centrifugal methodology which largely cuts down the moving parts of the machine making it environment friendly by cutting down the noise.

It copies the idea from 16th century Trompe which used the force of the falling water, resulting in forming air bubbles. This caused the air to get compressed and pushed through a pipe using none of the moving parts. Trompes were used in forging processes and mines.

A Trompe needs to be large in order to create some real pressure. One built at Ragged Chute, Ontario, uses a 345-foot drop to create just 128 psi. The Carnot team worked on a centrifuge system and it allowed them to accelerate air bubbles through a small pipe to achieve the same effect.

The sixteenth-century technology-based compressor sucks air in through a filter at the top and mixes it with water using a rotating drum. Water gets heavier with a higher spinning ratio, as it spins faster and it squashes results in compressing the air. Finally, it is separated into compressed air and water as it passes through the exit channels.

The water gets cool and the compressed air goes into a tank. The only moving part is the spinning drum, powered by a quiet electric motor. 

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