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Great home applications.
« on: April 12, 2011, 08:55:49 AM »

H/T Mike C:

This could be a great for home applications.

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/04/11/new-gasoline-engine-design-has-4x-efficiency-of-pistons/#more-37741

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Re: Great home applications.
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2011, 12:15:22 PM »
It's a turbine, it's got no torque.

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« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2011, 12:40:33 PM »
It's a turbine, it's got no torque.

 It must have something because I remember cars with turbine engines.
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Re: Great home applications.
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2011, 01:23:54 PM »
Speaking of home applications, this reminds me of an email sent to me by my brother. My reply to him was that my first plan would be to install a Chevy small-block  ;D

I don't know where the article originated so I'll try to recreate it here:

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Air  Powered Car – so we can by-pass the Middle East?
 
Tata  Motors is ready to introduce Air Car - Will it be the next big thing?  Tata Motors is taking giant strides and making history for itself.  First the Land Rover/Jaguar deal, then the world's cheapest car, and now it is also set to introduce the car that runs on compressed air.





With spiralling fuel prices it is about time we heard some breakthrough!
 
India's largest  automaker, Tata Motors, is set to start producing the world's first commercial air-powered  vehicle.
 
The Air Car, developed by ex-Formula One engineer Guy N?gre for  Luxembourg-based MDI, uses compressed air, as opposed to the gas-and-oxygen explosions of internal-combustion models, to push its engine's pistons. Some 6000 zero-emissions Air Cars are scheduled to hit Indian streets by August 2011.
 
The Air Car, called the "MiniCAT" could cost around Rs. 3,475,225 ($8,177.00) in India and would have a range of around 300 km between refuels.

The cost of a refill would be about Rs. 85 ($2.00)

The MiniCAT which is a simple, light urban car, with a tubular chassis that is glued,  not welded, and a body of fiberglass powered by compressed air. Microcontrollers are used in every device in the car, so one tiny radio transmitter sends instructions to the lights, indicators, etc.

There are no keys - just an access card which can be read by the car from your  pocket.  According to the designers, it costs less than 50  rupees per 100 Km (about a tenth that of a petrol car). Its mileage is about double that of the most advanced electric  car (200 to 300 km or 10 hours of driving), a factor which makes a perfect choice in cities where 80% of motorists drive at less than 60 Km. The car has a top speed of 105 Kmph.
 
Refilling the car will, once the market develops, take place at adapted petrol stations  to administer compressed air. In two or three minutes, and  at a cost of approximately 100 rupees, the car will be ready to  go another 200-300 kilometers.



As a viable alternative, the car carries a small compressor which  can be connected to the mains (220V or 380V) and refill the tank in 3-4 hours. Due to the absence of combustion and,  consequently, of residues, changing the oil (1 litre of vegetable oil) is necessary only every 50,000Km).

The temperature of the clean air expelled by the exhaust pipe is between 0-15 degrees below zero, which makes it suitable for use by the internal air conditioning system with no need for gases or loss of power.

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Re: Great home applications.
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2011, 01:53:00 PM »
It's a turbine, it's got no torque.

 It must have something because I remember cars with turbine engines.

I saw one on the road, actually.  Circa 1960, read about it in Popular Mechanix or Popular Science, it would run on anything that would burn, alcohol, beer, perfume, even gasoline. The guys had been talking about it on the way to school and there it was. It was very futuristic looking and big.



Back then few cars had AC so windows were rolled down, it was very quiet. whiiiine  There was much anticipation, top cruising speeds were limited more by suspension technology than the engine.  Then, no more publicity and it disappeared.

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« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2011, 03:11:28 PM »