Roots Blower

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A Roots blower is a rotary blowing machine with two meshing rotors turning in opposite directions. The rotors are cycloidal gears with two to six lobes, each with an epicycloidal and a hypocycloidal section. Air moves through the blower as it is trapped in the cavities between the rotors and the housing.

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Patented by the Roots brothers in 1860, these blowers are still used as superchargers for internal combustion engines.

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Contributed by: Erik Mahieu (March 2013)
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