Compressed air generation plants are used to apply compressed air as a source of energy. Compressed air is used instead of electrical energy in mining or in the chemical industry because there is a danger of explosion due to flammable gases. The central component of such plants is the compressor.
The ET 512 experimental unit contains all the components of a compressed air generation plant: a single-stage piston compressor, driven by an electric motor via a V-belt, a compressed air tank with manometer, pressure switch and safety valve. Any consumer can be connected to the compressed air tank via a quick-release coupling.
The ET 512 unit can also be used to test the function of the piston compressor. During the functional test, the pressure rise in the tank over time is recorded as a measure of the compressor’s capacity.
A power meter records the drive motor data. The effective power is shown on a digital display. A stopwatch is included for time-dependent measurements.