Air Compressor Throughput

Old 03-04-10, 08:15 PM
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Air Compressor Throughput

Hi Guys,

First post for me. I like the looks of this forum. All sorts of great information and great advice.

I'm trying to determine whether I can realistically achieve a specific rate of air throughput with an air compressor.

I would like to be able to expel 1 cubic meter of air in 1 second, followed by another cubic meter of air 1 second later. That works out to 30,000 litres or 7500 gallons of air per minute.

I'm trying to determine a few things.

Is it realistic to expel 1 cubic meter of air in 1 second?

What size air compressor would be needed? 100hp? Is that huge?

and, what would the cost be of running it?

Any thoughts or advice on any of this would be greatly appreciated.

Old 03-05-10, 04:01 AM
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Welcome to the forums!! Most of the advice we give, we understand the outcome. Here, you give us so little information as to what the unit will be used for, we can't conceive your real needs. Most compressors are rated in cfm, and I failed metric 101.
Old 03-05-10, 04:39 AM
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Welcome to our forums!

It sounds as if you are trying to make a repeating chicken canon!

It is too early in the morning to try to comprehend the math but lets say I could visualize an air compressor driven by a locomotive engine having a hard time keeping up!!!

What are you building?
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1 US gallon = 0.133680556 cubic feet

7500 gal/min is roughly 1100 cfm. A screw compressor with a 250 hp motor or three 100 hp units should be able to provide that. Atlas Copco dot com.

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