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How does compressed air heat the cylinders?

When a volume of air is forced into a small space, it is heated in proportion to the amount to which it has been compressed.

The air is heated due to the mechanical force pressing against air particles, or molecules, squeezes them into a smaller space. This pressure causes the molecules to vibrate very rapidly, and the friction of the molecules creates heat.

Rub your hands together rapidly and you'll feel the same affect.

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