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What is the function of an air receiver during blasting?

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From David Zuskin of EXCET/US NAVAL RESERACH LAB on May 3, 2018:
An air receiver tank is generally configured with the air entering the side of the tank and exiting the top of the tank. When the air and water/moisture enter the tank through the side, the water in the air hits the side of the tank and swirls around the interior of the tank. Gravity pulls the swirling water down and moisture is discharged via a ball valve on the bottom of the tank. Some air receivers are empty tanks. Others are equipped with desiccant tablets. In this case the air enters the side of the tank below the desiccant, which is contained in the upper half of the tank and sits on an expanded metal screen. The water still swirls down and as the compressed air rises through the desiccant, additional moisture is drawn out of the air.

From Adam Weil of Apache on May 2, 2018:
I've known it's also called an air reserve outside of blasting. If you have a short-term but high-demand use for the compressed air, paired with a compressor that is undersized for directly supplying the demand, a large enough reserve my save the day and pocket book.

Air receiver tank provides the following benefits. The receiver tank acts as a reservoir of compressed air for peak demands.The receiver tank will help remove water from the system by allowing the air a chance to cool.The receiver tank minimizes pulsation in the system caused by a reciprocating compressor or a cyclic process downstream.

From Simon Wadsworth of COWI on May 1, 2018:
An air receiver acts as a storage buffer for compressed air. It smooths out pressure fluctuations where the air output varies, such as from a piston-type compressor. Larger air receivers can moderate the demand on the compressor as the mean (average) rather than the peak demand for air.

From rajesh sukumaran of .ltd on April 30, 2018:
Safety is the reason behind using the air receiver tank during blasting.

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