New mobile pressure control system for pneumatic actuators, using reversible chemical reactions of water

Koichi Suzumori, Akira Wada, Shuichi Wakimoto

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Abstract

Recently, the need for mobile gas sources and portable gas controllers that are silent and have high efficiency for pneumatic actuators has become important. Conventional air compressors and their control systems are large, heavy, noisy, and of low efficiency. This paper proposes a new mobile pressure control system using reversible chemical reactions. This device, consisting of a proton-exchange membrane fuel cell and a current controller, can control gas pressures using an electric current. This report shows the basic mechanism and experimental results using the first prototype based on the electrolysis/ synthesis of water; this new idea has great potential. The prototype system achieved a pressure of 0.5 MPaG, which can drive most general pneumatic actuators.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)148-153
Number of pages6
JournalSensors and Actuators, A: Physical
Volume201
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Pneumatic actuators
Pressure control
pneumatics
Chemical reactions
chemical reactions
actuators
Gases
Control systems
Water
controllers
prototypes
water
Controllers
Electric currents
Proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFC)
electrolysis
compressors
electric current
Electrolysis
gases

Keywords

  • Actuator
  • Air pressure actuator
  • Compressor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Instrumentation

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New mobile pressure control system for pneumatic actuators, using reversible chemical reactions of water. / Suzumori, Koichi; Wada, Akira; Wakimoto, Shuichi.

In: Sensors and Actuators, A: Physical, Vol. 201, 2013, p. 148-153.

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