reply to post by Whereweheaded
That is a rotary configured PISTON engine. Simply a change in configuration vs longitudinal or a V configuration piston engine.
They were used in the early days of aviation and even in the M4 Sherman Tank but due to their size made the fuselage too big eating way too much
Look up the P-47 Thunderbolt which used this configuration but lost out to the P-51 due to it's inefficiency.
This new engine is different because though rotary in design, it doesn't use Pistons, connecting rods, bearings, valves, cam shafts. and is why it is
three times as efficient.
It's using compression to burn the fuel. So no ignition, spark plugs etc either are required ....
It's more efficient due it's lack of internal FRICTION....inherent to any and all engines. Try running an engine without oil and see how long it
takes before it seizes.
The fewer mechanical parts interacting with one another, the less friction and resulting parasitic losses incurred making for a more efficient and
It is similar to the Wankel but without the friction at the Apex seals which was the Wankel rotary engine's detriment.
He also mentions that it is capable of running using fuels other than gasoline which is good in a couple of ways.
One is that it doesn't pose a direct threat to the Powers That Be and their oil monopoly so this Professor won't be found mysteriously dead in his
car or something like that and Two, the engine could be implemented in many designs and transitioned over to run on other Fuels in the future such as
bio diesel. Using waste fryolator oil for example.
But the good thing is that looking at the size of the rotor and the fact that it can produce 35 HP isn't bad since a larger rotor analogous to more
displacement in a conventional engine could likely produce even more power.
This would be great for the existing hybrids saving weight as well as gas making them even more efficient.
Good Post OP ....Thanks !