Natterer compressor

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A Natterer compressor was a type of air compression machine which was used in early experiments in making liquid oxygen (LOX) in the 1870s. A manually operated screw jack was utilized to compress air or other gases up to ~200 atm (~3000 psi).

The device was created by Johann Natterer, a student of Adolf Martin Pleischl, for experiments creating liquid carbonic acid.[1] [2]


  1. ^ Ebbe Almqvist (2003). History of industrial gases (illustrated, annotated ed.). Springer. ISBN 978-0-306-47277-0. 
  2. ^ J. C. Goosmann (1900). The carbonic acid industry. Nickerson & Collins Co.