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The design of a free piston compressor (FPC) intended as a pneumatic power supply for pneumatically actuated autonomous robots is presented in this paper. The FPC is a proposed device that utilizes combustion to compress air into a high-pressure supply tank by using the kinetic energy of a free piston. The device is configured such that the transduction from thermal energy to stored energy, in the form of compressed gas, is efficient relative to other small-scale portable power supply systems.doi:10.1109/robot.2005.1570125 dblp:conf/icra/RiofrioB05 fatcat:ykdveo76jzccrc6krswohzowqq