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Atlas Copco variable speed drive compressors are supplying the air needed to bring science to life for the 200,000 people that visit the Science Museum every month.

The compressors are used in the museum’s model engines, flight simulators, paint spraying and patterns of nature.

Compressed air is used in the museum’s mechanical workshops and for cleaning and paint spraying.

It also powers exhibits, interactive displays and sculptures.

The Wellcome Wing, which contains contemporary science and technology of the future, uses compressed air in the kinetic art display.

These dangling exhibits move up and down and blow jets of air onto the heads of people passing underneath.

Air also powers the Pattern Pod, a hands-on gallery created for 5-8 year olds, forming shapes that represent patterns occurring in nature.

Compressed air also provides the motive power for the interactive Energy Gallery’s thought-provoking games and exhibits, including the braking system for giant spinning drums.

It is also essential for the Simex simulator ride, driving immersive air, water and seat vibration effects and the feel of a dinosaur’s breath onto visitors’ necks.

The Atlas Copco compressors are visible to the museum’s visitors through a specially constructed door.

They can see the compressed air installation and associated heat recovery system that provides ‘green’ hot water (at 60C) for the Wellcome Wing basement toilets and the Deep Blue restaurant; heat is naturally generated as air is compressed by the screw element of the unit.

The heat exchanger, located on the compressor, then takes the heat out of the compressed air system but, instead of sending it to atmosphere, re-uses it as hot water for the selected locations, saving the museum’s energy.

The GA50 W VSD (water-cooled variable speed drive compressor) was installed by Atlas Copco’s distributor, Air Solutions, which also carried out the pipework fitting.

The VSD, together with Atlas Copco GA 22 standard screw compressors, supply all the compressed air for the museum.

The air is distributed to the points of use in a network of steel pipes more than one kilometre long.

The system also includes an Atlas Copco FD170 refrigerant dryer and an air receiver.

A dry air supply protects the valves in the interactive exhibits from moisture.

Because it blows air onto people’s heads, the kinetic art display is particularly sensitive to contamination, so an oil filter has been installed at point of use.

A VSD runs at different speeds to match demand, allowing it to use up to 35 per cent less energy than a standard air compressor.

The VSD compressor operates seven days a week throughout the year, catering for frequent evening events as well as daytime demand.

Between 10 and 2bar air pressure is needed, depending on the application.

Atlas Copco Compressors

Atlas Copco Compressors is a leading manufacturer of energy efficient compressed air systems and vacuum pumps. In the UK the company offers a nationwide sales, service and distribution network and specialist compressed air advice and service to UK compressed air and vacuum users. Our product portfolio covers oil-free air compressors, oil-lubricated air compressors, centrifugal compressors, high-pressure compressors, vacuum pumps, blowers, engineered air and gas compressors, nitrogen generators; air treatment equipment such as dryers, receivers, and air line filters, as well as aluminium pipework for compressed air, nitrogen, oxygen and other gases.

Atlas Copco Compressors is a leading manufacturer of energy efficient compressed air systems and vacuum pumps. In the UK the company offers a nationwide sales, service and distribution network and specialist compressed air advice and service to UK compressed air and vacuum users. Our product portfolio covers oil-free air compressors, oil-lubricated air compressors, centrifugal compressors, high-pressure compressors, vacuum pumps, blowers, engineered air and gas compressors, nitrogen generators; air treatment equipment such as dryers, receivers, and air line filters, as well as aluminium pipework for compressed air, nitrogen, oxygen and other gases.

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