Hi gang. Looking to make the tiniest 6-shot absolver shells possible (without resorting to 3D-printing just yet...), so wanting to understand things a bit better. I've read a whole bunch of posts here on how people have made theirs but it seems there's very little discussion of the physics of ideal airflow regarding absolvers specifically. There's heaps of info on how to best to get one dart to fire at a time (pretty straight-forward that...), but things get squirrelly once you split that air-flow and present it to multiple darts. Is there a discussion out there somewhere that might be relevant or am I just stuck with trial and error?
Relevant issues/things to try to address in the build:
- Minimising dead-space and smoothing air-flow. (Obviously the less dead-space the better, but how important is flow at this scale, especially when it comes to the flow through the expansion/splitting chamber? I can easily fit a cone-shape to the end of the "seventh" tube in the centre of the chamber, but would the shape of the rest of the chamber affect dart velocities much? )
- Expansion-chamber - volume and relative dimensions. (Is small best here or do you want the compressed air to expand a bit to achieve some sort of "velocity" before hitting the backs of the darts? Is there some sort of ideal relative distance between the rear of the expansion-chamber and the back of the darts to allow the air some elbow room to work on the them? Should the darts be packed right down to the expansion chamber (to reduce dead-space), or would having a bit of extra room in each tube behind the dart better focus the pressure?)
- Barrel Material, Length and Tightness. Starting with 16mm OD electrical conduit (ideal ID for Elites etc). Strating experimental length will be = (length of one dart) + (diameter of one dart). The extra length here will be reamed out in the middle of the bundle and then capped to create the expansion chamber (so a six-lobbed cylinder three conduit-diameters across by about 12.5mm high)
- Air Tank: I've got a BBBB and Lanard Big Salvo to play with. Salvo tanks would be ideal for overall compactness, but then there's an individual trigger/pilot valve to sort for each of them. Will initially be running a small 12v compressor with a pressure-switch to fill the tank but ideally want to transition to a SpeXBZ and HPA.
All this may be moot at this tiny scale... but any pointers gratefully recieved!