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Originally posted by walking_virus
There has been a lot of mystery about this new engine technology and many people believe it to be some kind of hoax. If it's the real deal, then I can't wait for this technology to become available. Not to mention the fact that you could make a lot of money if you invested in this company when it's only trading at $1.01 a share.
Unfortunately this whole debacle seems unnecessarily secretive if not highly suspicious. Only time will tell, I suppose.
A swing-piston engine is a type of internal combustion engine in which the pistons move in a circular motion inside a ring-shaped "cylinder", moving closer and further from each other to provide compression and expansion.
The basic concept is very similar to the Wankel engine, the "traditional" rotary, but predates it by some time.
More recently, starting in the 1990s, a number of inventors have re-introduced the concept as if it were new. Examples include Angel Labs' "Massive Yet Tiny" engine, the Rotoblock, the Roundengine, the Trochilic Engine and designs by Tschudi and Hoose.
The initial test engines had some minor problems, notably with sealing, but these were worked through and the engines were under test during 1944.
Due to inefficiencies such as friction, heat loss, and other factors, thermal engines' efficiencies are typically much less than 100%. For example, a typical gasoline automobile engine operates at around 25% efficiency, and a large coal-fueled electrical generating plant peaks at about 46%. The largest diesel engine in the world peaks at 51.7%.
Originally known as active thermo-atmosphere combustion, HCCI was first discovered in 1979 by engineers at the Nippon Clean Engine Research Institute in Japan trying to perfect a cleaner, more efficient two-stroke engine. But at the time HCCI couldn't be controlled well enough to work in a four-stroke engine. Advances in microprocessors, sensors and control systems have somewhat rectified that problem, sending nearly every top-tier carmaker ... into overdrive as they scramble to perfect an engine that employs HCCI.