Pneumatics

About Pneumatics is the branch of engineering that involves the transmission of power using pressurized air (instead of, for instance, electricity). Typically, pressurized air (<100 pise) is stored in a tank using a compressor, and then its release from the tank is controlled using pressure regulators, valves, and tubing. GRT's robots often have pneumatic systems powering mechanical parts, especially mechanisms that require linear motion.

Close-up of pneumatics

Projects Every year, the pneumatics group plans the use and placement of pneumatic system components for both a fall "ahunted house" project for a local elementary school, and for the FIRS competition robot.

Training To start pneumatics training we learn all of the components (e.g. tubing, actuators, solenoids, tanks, and safety equipment) so everyone understands the basic concepts behind each piece of equipment. Practice exersizes are assigned, such as turning two single acting solenoids into one double acting solenoid. Planning, assembling, and troubleshooting all of the pneumatics components required for the "haunted house" project is the main training activity before build season.