Elsevier Science present the latest edition of this comprehensive work on all aspects ofcompressed air. There have been many advances in hydraulic and electric technology in recentyears, yet compressed air still keeps its place as an important medium for power generation,transmission, and control. Its versatility makes it the ideal choice for many applications forwhich no other form of power is as suitable. As in previous editions, the PNEUMATICHANDBOOK covers the whole range of pneumatic engineering in one volume. It starts withthe basic principles and properties of air and includes the theory of air compression, theprinciples of air treatment and the design of compressors, tools, machinery, actuators, sensorsand valves. Low pressure and vacuum applications are also covered.The importance of efficiency in the generation and transmission of compressed air isemphasised throughout and useful guidance is given on the design of factory installations toachieve this. The author has made a survey of pneumatic equipment available in the UK,Europe and elsewhere in the world; the latest signifcant developments, wherever produced,are described. Legislation introduced by the European Community by way of TechnicalDirectives in respect of safety in the use of compressed air, pressure vessel design, noise controland environmental control is discussed at length. British, American and ISO Standards are animportant source of design material and reference is made to them throughout the book.Included is a comprehensive list of Standards, Codes of Practice and Technical Directives.The book is written with needs of the practical engineer in mind, and only sufficient theoryis included for a proper understanding of the principles involved.The publishers are grateful for the assistance of manufacturers who have supplied informa-tion and for the trade associations CETOP, Pneurop, British Compressed Air Society (BCAS)and the Compressed Air and Gas Institute (CAGI). Acknowledgement is given in the text formaterial where it has been used.
Acknowledgements are due to the following for contributions to particular chapters. When anillustration ofa proprietory product is used in the text, further acknowledgement is given whereit occurs.Atlas CopcoBritish Compressed Air Society (BCAS)British Fluid Power Association (BFPA)British Standards Association (BSI)CETOPCompAir BroomwadeCompair HolmanCompAir MaxamDesoutterFlairInstitution of Mechanical EngineersInternational Standards OrganisationPneuropultrafilter internationalUniversity of BathWillpower Breathing Air