Shockwave Generator: Engine Of The Future

March 17, 2011


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?!

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