Pneumatic cylinder is the device where a power produced from compacted gas is used to create a force in interchanging linear motion. It is also popularly called as air cylinder and works very similar to hydraulic cylinders, where force is applied to the piston so that is can be pushed to a desired motion and direction. The piston that is used in pneumatic cylinders can either be a cylinder or a disc. The produced force in the device is transported by the piston rod to the object that demands for movement. Most of the engineers highly prefer this mechanical device for a multiple of applications and also for its quietness, cleanness and minimum space for storing fluids.
Materials and Structure Type of Pneumatic Cylinders
The size, type, material and shape of the pneumatic cylinder greatly depend on the purpose of its application. There are different materials that are being used today for pneumatic cylinder including nickel plated brass, aluminum, steel and stainless steel materials. The best materials to be used for designing the pneumatic cylinder depends on several factors including specific stroke length, amount of loads, humidity, temperature and more. Pneumatic cylinder also is also available in a variety of body construction including:
- Tie Rod Cylinders – This is common type of pneumatic cylinder structure and it is widely used in large variety of loads. This is the safest type of pneumatic cylinder to work with
- Flanged Type Cylinders – The edges of the cylinders usually come with fixed flanges
- One Piece Welded Cylinders – The edges of the cylinder are crimped and welded to the tube
- Threaded End Cylinder – The ends of the cylinder are welded or attached to the tube body
There are three different types of pneumatic cylinders available today that you can choose depending upon your specific applications.