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Appl. Sci. 2017, 7(8), 816; doi:10.3390/app7080816

Analysis of the Energy Efficiency of a Pneumatic Booster Regulator with Energy Recovery

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School of Mechanical and Electronic Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070, China
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Future Interdisciplinary Research of Science and Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Yokohama 226-8503, Japan
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Received: 27 June 2017 / Revised: 27 July 2017 / Accepted: 7 August 2017 / Published: 9 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Power Transmission and Control in Power and Vehicle Machineries)
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Pneumatic booster regulators (PBR) are in great demand in modern pneumatic systems for their energy-saving abilities. A new booster regulator with energy recovery (VBA-R) was proposed, and its energy efficiency was investigated by introducing the concept of air power. On the basis of quality-alterable gas thermodynamics, an energy efficiency assessment and pressure response model for VBA-R was proposed. First, a model was solved using MATLAB/Simulink software, and an alternative experiment was designed to verify the mathematical model and performance improvement. The results showed that the simulation was consistent with the experiment. We also can conclude that, first of all, the energy efficiency decreases with the increasing of supply pressure and flow-rate consumption; a VBA-R has the highest efficiency when its diameter ratio is closest to 1.3. Finally, a recovery chamber helped to improve the performance of the VBA-R, which included a boost ratio improvement of 15–25% and an efficiency improvement of 5–10% compared with a conventional VBA booster regulator. This research lays the foundation for optimism regarding the proposed booster regulator. View Full-Text
Keywords: pneumatic booster regulator; energy recovery; air power; energy efficiency pneumatic booster regulator; energy recovery; air power; energy efficiency
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Yang, F.; Tadano, K.; Li, G.; Kagawa, T. Analysis of the Energy Efficiency of a Pneumatic Booster Regulator with Energy Recovery. Appl. Sci. 2017, 7, 816.

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