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Building Robots with LEGO® Mindstorms® NXT by David Astolfo, Guilio Ferrari, Mario Ferrari

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Chapter 10. Getting Pumped: Pneumatics

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Introduction

Pneumatics is the discipline that describes gas flow and how to use the properties of gas to transmit energy or convert the same into force and motion. Most pneumatic applications use that gaseous mixture most widely available—air—and the LEGO world is no exception.

Pneumatics is a great tool for robotics, and is especially useful when your mechanisms need linear motion or an elastic behavior. It’s also a very functional way to store energy for subsequent uses. We will briefly cover the basic concepts of pneumatics, and then put those theories into practice, ...

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