Pneumatic relay


What is a relay?

The relay is automatic switching device which can set ON/OFF large signal lines using comparatively small signals.

A pneumatic relay works in 3-15psi pneumatic signal which can control much higher signal that can control large devices large than 15 psi pressure.

Pneumatic Relay working:

A power amplifier is needed to act on a large control valve. A pneumatic relay is a power amplifier. The relay is composed of small volume A bellows and a specially designed valve. In the nozzle pressure is transmitted to bellows A and, as the pressure increases, the bellows expand the ball down the valve B cavity, decreasing the leakage to the atmosphere and increasing the pressure Pv.

The relay is made in such a way that the output pressure Pv is proportional to the signal pressure p. The airflow of the relay will be much greater than the flow rate through the nozzle, since the resistance to the air supply may be too small compared to the resistance Rr in the nozzle. A relay valve can be designed as direct acting, in which case the outlet pressure is directly proportional to the inlet pressure, or it can be reverse acting, in which case the outlet pressure is inversely proportional to the inlet pressure.