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#1 jcmurdoch

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 03:52 PM

Just something that occurred to me. How does a regulator reduce the pressure of the air inside the regulator?

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 03:58 PM

http://www.zdspb.com...isc/maxflo.html



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Posted 22 January 2014 - 05:29 PM

To paraphrase the info in the link posted above, the reg uses a piston with drastically different diameters at the ends. This creates a huge pressure bias when the air enters the reg, so without a spring the reg wants to shut off immediately. By adjusting how much the piston has to push against the spring, you adjust how much pressure enters the reg before it overcomes the spring pressure to close off.


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