I picked up a freecycled vacuum pump and motor a few years back for a
round-2-it project for a vacuum bagging clamp to apply veneer to wood.
I'm starting to put the system together for its first job.
The pump is an Edwards Speedivac ED75 run by a 1/3 hp motor at about 500
rpm. Fresh Edwards oil filled just above the minimum mark.
Using about 600mm of 6mm od nylon pipe the output of the pump goes via a
non return valve to a 3.9Kg ex calor gas bottle (empty!) with its
original valve - volume about 10 litres. This line has a gauge scaled
0-760mm Hg connected via a tee piece.
All seems to work well. There is a minor leak somewhere in the push fit
piping but I can live with that.
What I observe and do not understand is the following. With pump running
and the valve to the gas cylinder open, the gauge reads 750mm Hg but
when I close the valve it drops to 730mm Hg?
This is repeatable under steady conditions after the pump has been
running for 15 min or so and the body of the pump off cold. I've
returned everything to atmospheric pressure and pumped down again with
the same result.
The gas ballast valve is closed for all the readings. I can appreciate
the gauge might not be accurate but why should the readings be different.
I ask from curiosity alone as the level of vacuum I'm achieving will be
more than enough for the job.
Can anyone explain please?
5 years ago