Pneumatic actuation is the most common form of control for propulsion machinery in ships. Recent developments have extended the role of pneumatics beyond that of actuation to its use in sophisticated systems engineering, enabling modern machinery operation with the minimum need of expensive manpower. The development of pneumatic circuit boards makes it possible to manufacture economically compact modules which can carry out all the normal machinery control functions using the ship's standard air supply at 7-10 bar. This development also opens the way to extension of the use of predominantly pneumatic systems into the more complex machinery-control systems typical of advanced warships. The Author's firm, Vosper Thornycroft, is convinced that the circuit board increases the scope of pneumatics. The concept is in many ways an analogue in pneumatic terms of the familiar printed circuit board used in electronics.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Trade and Technical Press, Limited

    Crown House
    Morden, Surrey SM4 5EW,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Hogg, N
  • Publication Date: 1979-3

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  • Accession Number: 00308987
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Ship Research Association
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1980 12:00AM