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Pneumatics (From Greek: πνεύμα, meaning breath of life) is a branch of engineering that makes use of gas or pressurized air.wikipedia
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A pneumatic system controlled through manual or automatic solenoid valves is selected when it provides a lower cost, more flexible, or safer alternative to electric motors and actuators.
Its main energy source may be an electric current, hydraulic fluid pressure, or pneumatic pressure.


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Trains can also be hauled by horses, pulled by engine or water-driven cable or wire winch, run downhill using gravity, or powered by pneumatics, gas turbines or batteries.

Compressed air

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Pneumatics (From Greek: πνεύμα, meaning breath of life) is a branch of engineering that makes use of gas or pressurized air.


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Their main principle is providing constant pressures in a balloon by means of a pneumatic pump.


Pneumatic, hydraulic, water, and electrical systems may also be present.

Player piano

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A player piano (also known as pianola) is a self-playing piano, containing a pneumatic or electro-mechanical mechanism that operates the piano action via programmed music recorded on perforated paper, or in rare instances, metallic rolls, with more modern implementations using MIDI.

Air gun

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An air gun (or airgun) is any kind of gun that launches projectiles pneumatically with compressed air or other gases that are pressurized mechanically without involving any chemical reactions, in contrast to a firearm, which pressurizes gases chemically via an exothermic oxidation of combustible propellants which generates propulsive energy by breaking molecular bonds.

Lego pneumatics

Lego pneumatics is a variety of Lego bricks which use air pressure and specialised components to perform various actions using the principles of pneumatics.


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Today, the vast majority of tires are pneumatic inflatable structures, comprising a doughnut-shaped body of cords and wires encased in rubber and generally filled with compressed air to form an inflatable cushion.

Pneumatic bladder

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A pneumatic bladder is an inflatable (pneumatic) bag technology with many applications.

Cable jetting

Compressed air is injected at the duct inlet and flows through the duct and along the cable at high speed.

Pneumatic cylinder

A centrally located and electrically powered compressor powers cylinders, air motors, and other pneumatic devices.

HVAC control system

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It was natural that the first HVAC controllers would be pneumatic since engineers understood fluid control.

Nail gun

It is usually driven by compressed air (pneumatic), electromagnetism, highly flammable gases such as butane or propane, or, for powder-actuated tools, a small explosive charge.

Vacuum sewer

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A vacuum sewer or pneumatic sewer system is a method of transporting sewage from its source to a sewage treatment plant.

Dental drill

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In 1868, American dentist George F. Green came up with a pneumatic dental drill powered with pedal-operated bellows.


Tire construction spans pneumatic tires used on cars, trucks and aircraft, but also includes non-automotive applications with slow-moving, light-duty, or railroad applications, which may have non-pneumatic tires.


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Both pneumatics and hydraulics are applications of fluid power.
At a very basic level, hydraulics is the liquid counterpart of pneumatics, which concerns gases.


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The word "jackhammer" is used in North American English and Australia, while "pneumatic drill" is used colloquially elsewhere in the English speaking world, although strictly speaking a "pneumatic drill" refers to a pneumatically driven jackhammer.

Fluid power

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Both pneumatics and hydraulics are applications of fluid power.
Fluid power is subdivided into hydraulics using a liquid such as mineral oil or water, and pneumatics using a gas such as air or other gases.


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The physical basis of fluidics is pneumatics and hydraulics, based on the theoretical foundation of fluid dynamics.

Hero of Alexandria

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The origins of pneumatics can be traced back to the first century when ancient Greek mathematician Hero of Alexandria wrote about his inventions powered by steam or the wind.
It is almost certain that Hero taught at the Musaeum which included the famous Library of Alexandria, because most of his writings appear as lecture notes for courses in mathematics, mechanics, physics, and pneumatics.


Derived from the words hydraulics and pneumatics, pneudraulics is the term used when discussing systems on military aircraft that use either or some combination of hydraulic and pneumatic systems.

Pneumatic motor

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A centrally located and electrically powered compressor powers cylinders, air motors, and other pneumatic devices.
The Quasiturbine has demonstrated as a pneumatic engine using stored compressed air