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Is there a good way to passively dry air in the input of a vacuum pump?

I'm using an a/c compressor as a vacuum pump for small projects that don't need a good vacuum pump, and I'm looking for a way to dry the air in the input, to prevent water from mixing with the oil ...
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How problematic is it to run vapor saturated liquid through a scroll pump?

I see that scroll pumps often have "Vapor ratings" of something like N Liters of water per hour. I know in rotary-vane pumps, it's a big no-no to run any kind of vapour through them and you ...
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Generating a plasma via induction coil

I am trying to see if I can generate a plasma from an induction coil that is wrapped around a glass jar under vacuum. Tons of induction coil heatering circuits are on ebay for forging that can supply ...
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Extrapolating compressor curves for varying pump speeds

I'm currently working on modeling a vacuum system in which a pump is present. the pump is driven at a varying speed $\omega$. The manufacturer has only given the characteristic curve at a single speed ...
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Why can't I find a small vacuum fryer?

I'm looking for a vacuum fryer and so far the only ones available to buy are large, industrial machines. Is there some technical consideration that makes small scale machines economically unfeasible? ...
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Are most vaccum pumps isothermal?

Because adiabatic processes would lead to a high temperature rise due to the high reduction in pressure (from 1 atm to roughly 0 atm).
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Proper way to power/use a vacuum cylinder?

I'm considering using a vacuum cylinder in my project (like these ones) to lift sheets of cardboard, but being new to mechanical engineering I'm not at all sure what I need to attach to operate one, ...
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How does fumed silica attain a panel shape when used in vacuum insulated panels?

VIPs are shaped like fairly-flat boxes - cuboids - thick rectangles, for example 20 mm x 400 x 600 mm. If manufacturing started with a sheet of styrofoam - a thick rectangle - I would not be surprised ...
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Which of these systems should reach a better vacuum?

I'm trying to find a cheap manual vacuum pump for a sample transportation container that carries oxidizable samples of thin-film magnetic materials. They already have a 15 nm Tantalum layer on top, so ...
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What contaminant materials should be avoided for reaching ultra-high vacuum?

This question relates to ultra-high vacuum chambers (order of ~$10^{−10}$ mbar) in experimental setups. [This question was asked at physics.stackexchange.com but removed due to being more about ...
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Is the silicone oil used in a diffusion pump oil special?

I have obtained two diffusion pump stages from a pair of very old Vacuubrand high vacuum pump. The rotary vane pump in one of them was dead and another overheating. So, I salvaged only the diffusion ...
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Possible to suck water through manual bilge pump using a transfer pump?

I dug a shallow well (12' deep) on a remote off-grid Florida Property I own. The well is a simple 1-1/4 PVC Sand Point well I hammered in the ground. I then used a rubber coupler to attach a cheap ...
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Increasing suction air flow with multiple pumps

I'm trying to build a small pick and place system using a suction cup and a 12V vacuum pump. The problem I'm having is that I'm not getting a good enough seal between the cup and the object, and I ...
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What type of pump is recommended for pumping gasoline/petrol in vapor phase?

I would really like to know your input, perhaps there are regulations on this that I'm not aware of that can help out regarding the overall safety of the process.
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Energy required to vacuum a cylinder

I'm trying to calculate the energy per unit length the vacuum pumps require to vacuum a cylinder with a diameter D. Which formulas should I use? I used a typical formula for compressors and the ...
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