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08 July, 2011

New Car Engine Sends Shock Waves Through Auto Industry

A possible boon to help ward off the ever-looming specter of Peak Oil? One can only hope.

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New Car Engine Sends Shock Waves Through Auto Industry : Discovery News: "Despite shifting into higher gear within the consumer's green conscience, hybrid vehicles are still tethered to the gas pump via a fuel-thirsty 100-year-old invention: the internal combustion engine.

However, researchers at Michigan State University have built a prototype gasoline engine that requires no transmission, crankshaft, pistons, valves, fuel compression, cooling systems or fluids. Their so-called Wave Disk Generator could greatly improve the efficiency of gas-electric hybrid automobiles and potentially decrease auto emissions up to 90 percent when compared with conventional combustion engines.

The engine has a rotor that's equipped with wave-like channels that trap and mix oxygen and fuel as the rotor spins. These central inlets are blocked off, building pressure within the chamber, causing a shock wave that ignites the compressed air and fuel to transmit energy.

The Wave Disk Generator uses 60 percent of its fuel for propulsion; standard car engines use just 15 percent. As a result, the generator is 3.5 times more fuel efficient than typical combustion engines.

Researchers estimate the new model could shave almost 1,000 pounds off a car's weight currently taken up by conventional engine systems..."


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4 comments:

  1. New engines developed are far more superior than older ones.

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  2. When this came out, it shook the market and had been that dreaded invention for gas guzzlers.

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  3. I do think though that it's about time for gas guzzlers to be phased out, especially due to environmental and economic concerns.

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  4. With the invention of better technologies that enhance fuel efficiency in vehicles, environmentalists and green thumbs have found a common ground among manufacturers.

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