3 Cylinder Pneumatic Radial Motor

About This Project

Designed and built as a prototype to examine the feasibility of powering a small recreational vehicle completely by compressed air, the motor was built from the ground up and based on a radial style motor. The style of motor was selected for the ease of manufacturing and valve timing. Valve timing was controlled by an Arduino micro chip connected to an encoder. The encoder was configured using multiple potentiometers to create a square wave that could operate robustly at high rpms.