reply to post by civilchallenger
The advantages of any rotary based engine over a reciprocating one is that it's power isn't required to be transferred from one axis to another,
which is another source of losses due to friction.
This is the advantage of the Turbine, the Wankel rotary and this new engine ....in that there is no crankshaft required.
Turbine engines would be a great compliment to a hybrid vehicle but it's all about costs.
Car companies have to be realistic in providing vehicles that the general population can afford to buy.
A turbine engine would be awesome but simply looking at the aerospace industry and helicopters in particular for example..
Even the lesser expensive helicopters are built using piston engines, such as the trainer, the Robinson, whereas the more expensive Helicopters
utilize turbine engines such as the Huey Bell Ranger.
Expensive meaning...a new one costs $700,000. dollars.
A turbine engine due to it's complexity requires considerably more advanced tooling,manufacturing and skill levels to manufacture AND maintain.
Also, from a longevity/reliability perspective, the turbine due to it's high rpms requires being rebuilt after so many hours of use.
But that is exactly where this new engine is revolutionary,Since it is a basic turbine impeller inclosed in a housing, it's is far less complex than
a turbine engine with it's hundreds of precision fan blades and titanium components.
This new engine's simplistic design means it will be more reliable and cheaper to manufacture and will more likely to fit into most auto
manufacturer's profit models.
Piston engined Robinson 44
Turbine Powered Bell Ranger