Ig, if the main problem is the time it takes to come up to pressure in the morning, a timer relay to start the compressor 15 min. early could do it. Or fix all your leaks and unplug or block quick connects when leaving, and leave the compressor up at night. With no consumption, it won't run.
How much volume do you need? I would think that a basic gas engine powered compressor (with throttle control) mounted on a 3pt skid would be more fuel efficient than running a large tractor at high idle. Since that compressor has a tank, it should retain pressure between uses so the startup fill time would be minimal.
Shut off the main valve at the tank when you leave for the day, isolating any leaks in your distribution piping. When you do need air, open the valve and it only needs to fill the relatively small volume of the distribution piping. If your compressor tank and pump leak a lot you need to fix that.
I'd start with a semiautomatic system, separate manual shutoff valves on the inlets to the small and large tanks and a check valve that lets the large tank flow into the small one.
When you turn the compressor on set the valves to fill only the small tank, so you have pressure quickly.
When you know you will need more volume close the intake to the small tank and let the compressor fill the large tank directly. The small tank will supply immediate needs while the large one fills efficiently, without wastefull pressure drops. Once the large one is up the check valve will keep the small tank full if you forget to reopen its intake valve.
If that plan works out you could automate it with a valve operated by the pressure in the small tank. Then a high demand while the large tank is still filling will switch the compressor back to the small tank.
Looking for a good example of a pressure-actuated multiport valve is too tedious on my dial-up. This should get you started.
If a valve opens and the flow is large enough through the valve then suddenly there will be a pressure drop in the whole system. The drop depends on how much pressure is in the extra tank when the valve opens and how big it is in relation the the regular tank. Eric
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I still want to know why the check/flow would:
1) Cause the system to take (much) longer to pump up, and
2) "Waste energy".
If you install a check valve/flow-control between the two tanks, so that the reserve tank can only be filled through a small restriction, but can dump instantly, any time its pressure is higher than 'system', then where's the loss?
The small tank will pump up in about the same time as before, with the only 'loss' being the small flow into the larger tank. The big tank comes up to system pressure slowly; and as slowly as you want. Then, if you demand more than the small tank can provide, the reserve will dump _freely_ (without any significant pressure loss - maybe 1/2 psi) back into the system.
This is a pretty common way to provide reserve short-term capacity without increasing pump capacity. ???
So, (I mean it) please describe the problems so I can critique the method myself. I just don't see the losses or problems you describe.
The loss is a consequence of the delta P across the adjustable orifice in the flow-check. But my gut feeling is that, if the system is used and described, the loss will be insignificant compared to the effort and expense required to eliminate it.
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So? You said you only need it for occasional "high flow" jobs. If you need it to fill faster, install a manual valve to override the restrictor when you absolutely have to, and let the pump work longer in one session. (the total pump time will _always_ be the same per cubic foot of tank capacity, so you save nothing in pump run time, either way. It either runs in 'bursts' until it's filled the big tank, or it runs continuously...total time is the same).
Again... remember that you're only drawing from that big tank when the small one can't provide the flow you need.
You're a math guy. How will the big tank _ever_ fill quickly, and still not prevent you from getting full pressure quickly in the small tank?
Opening a 'pass-over' valve to the big tank once the small one is full won't do it! It'll drop the system down to system peak divided by the ratio of tank volumes the INSTANT you open it (well, within seconds). So the pump will come back on, and now run an intolerable length of time before you have enough pressure to work. You can't have 'quick' and 'full pressure' in the same formula.
I have about 1200 lbs of cables. But my problem is that the wire going to the compressor, goes through a 48 year old wire duct. I am afraid of messing with it. I do not even know how I am going to figure it out.
Perhaps I should start with a clean slate, and get a new 50A circuit to the compressor, with a real neutral, etc, through a separate conduit. And then upgrade the compressor from my 10HP QUincy to the
15HP quincy that I bought on auction. My original plan was to sell the
15 HP compressor. But maybe I should keep it and sell the 10HP inspead.
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If your pump cuts in at 90, then all you've done is complicate the system without improving the performance. The INSTANT your system hits 120, it'll dump _all_ your main tank capacity into the reserve until the pressure drops to 90 -- then the electric valve turns off and the pump starts to run again... it will not improve the length of time it takes to get the reserve up to pressure. That's dependent entirely on pump capacity. It matters not how you fill it, it will always take the same length of time.
Your method will NOT improve run time, or the time to reach "usable" air pressure in the main tank, except for a slight (say 10%) time. But it will increase the complexity and maintenance issues over a simpler, purely solution.
Ig... for any given solution that will work, simpler and less expensive is always better.