Mar 17 2011Shockwave Generator: Engine Of The Future


Seen here looking suspiciously like some sort of Pagan sun talisman, a shock-wave generator may prove to be the future of engines, pushing traditional internal-combustion joints to the wayside. Ooooooor being all bullshit. Oooooor having its patent rights bought up by engine manufacturers and buried. Not unlike what happened to hovercars. F*** you, Michelin Man!

The generator is about the size of a saucepot, and would replace the 1,000-pound power train in most cars -- no transmission, cooling system, emissions regulation or fluids needed.

It consists of a rotor carved with wave-like channels. Fuel and air enter through central inlets, and the rotor spins to block their exit through a separate outlet. The sudden build-up of pressure generates a shock wave, compressing the mixture. Then it's ignited, and as the rotor keeps spinning, the outlet opens again to let the hot gases escape.

The novel generator would use about 60 percent of fuel for propulsion, according to MSU. This is a dramatic improvement over typical car engines, which use only 15 percent of fuel for forward movement. The system could also make cars 20 percent lighter, improving fuel economy even more.

Well damn, what can't it do?! "Actually exist". Touché, my skeptical friend. "I'm not your friend." You can say that again, dick!

Shockwave-Generating Wave Discs Could Replace Internal Combustion Engines [popsci]

Thanks to Score_u_sum_Rod, who -- oh gosh, can you really?!

Related Stories
Reader Comments

Man, thats freakin' awesome brah, love dem future cars, also, first.

This is over 2 years old...

Kinda cool, I wish we could see video of it in action

Seeing as how there's fuel, which is burned, and an engine with a spinning rotar, how is it that there aren't any fluids, emissions, or transmission?

Is this gonna be better than the Qurbine?

it looks suspiciously like Steorn's "Orbo" perpetual motion machine.

by that similarity alone, I find it laughable.

@3 I liked Zombie serial, cool stuff :)

@2 - 31 October 2009 was about 16 months ago, which is a year and a third. Last I checked, that's not "over 2 years ago".

Still, old news is old!

@8 Thanks!

funny, in all the web links and searching theres not a video of this thing working, all i see is this dude flappin his jaw about how great it is but nothing showing it actually working, and if it does that "combustion chamber" is not tight enough to take the pressure of a mini explosion , the wear and tear alone would tear that thing apart. 2.5million dollar grant to make a shiney billet "whatchyamacallit" that does nothing. nice

Actually concept was first invented by a german scientist during WWII he even made small scale model of it. we even got a Xray cannon that could blow up planes like poopcorn from the german suckers. But we all know Americans like to copy paste things

If this worked, the Chinese would have pirated the patent.

Petrol seller had this in the closet for ages and now releasing it because electric gets more populair. They are playing with use.

Thank you for posting this article. I also plugged the show on Face book, with mixed results from my friends. All I ask of people, whether they are familiar with homeopathy or not, is to watch my wedding dresses.

Can I put that into my chest to power-up my DIY exoskeleton?

step 1: go to
step 2: type in "generator would use about 60 percent of fuel for propulsion"
step 3: press "im feeling lucky"


why does this work?
how is this even a thing that works?

Doubt this thing even works. Just another internet hoax

Who is John Galt?

There one problem with this engine IT STILL USE F**KING GASOLINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!RRRRRRRRRAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGGEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!


"this thing" does NOT "work", it's a poorly milled piece of aluminum and plastic...there's no combustion chamber, no fuel ports, no nothing. It's half a step better than an art school "design concept".

Even assuming this "generator" works how could it possibly not need a cooling system? If it's combusting fuel how can there be no emissions? And if there's no transmission how do you make, you know, the wheels spin?

The claims of someone who so obviously lacks even the most rudimentary grasp of automotive engineering are highly suspect, to say the least.

What a lot of you are not seeming to realize is we're talking about a GENERATOR. A GENERATOR does not need to have a transmission. And because it GENERATES electricity (remember he's trying to make a 25kw version?) you could probably say... oh... use electric motors? Hub motors which would not require any type of transmission at all? Just saying....

So basically, when I'm sitting in rush-hour traffic, EVERYBODY is gonna sound like those 19 year old douchebags at stop lights who saved up all of their McDonald's paychecks to buy 21" woofers and play crappy music that makes their trunk lids vibrate.

Thanks, science!

So basically, every morning when I get to work, and every night when I get home, I'm gonna feel like Daniel Craig after the the wicker chair scene in Casino Royale.

Thanks, science!

Post a Comment

Please keep your comments relevant to the post. Inappropriate or promotional comments may be removed. Email addresses are required to confirm comments but will never be displayed. To create a link, simply type the URL (including http://) or email address. You can put up to 3 URLs in your comments.