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.
Well, hopefully this is not bought up by the big oil companies and shoved away somewhere.
More efficiency with fewer parts is fantastic for economy of resources but ultimately will be shot down because it means fewer jobs. Politicians will side with the status quo, for the wrong reasons, as always. Remember, fewer parts = fewer jobs.
If they do have such a thing they better start making gold or something with it lol Anyways this is not like a rotary motor, we need to see how it burns the fuel and how the exhaust gas is going to be vented really to know how it's going to work. I say strap three of these to one gearbox for each of the four wheels of a car with a weight of about 3000 lbs and it would beat anything but a Shelby Cobra, ok I made that last part up.
Originally posted by HispanicPanic
didnt watch the video but if it works anything like a rotary which by what i read it does not, it would fall apart faster than a cylinder engine. their seals tend to take a dump sooner than most. and the government has free energy sources already developed and in use. hell i bet they even have a device that can turn light energy into matter using it for food or clothing or anything they wanted really. the reason why they dont switch from oil is because and we all know this, but oil is what controls this world. there going to use all of it up before they switch to alternatives.
Originally posted by MoosKept240
hmmm, would like to see more of how it worked. How does it burn the fuel? Seems to me like its more a glorified rotary engine to me.