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Old 04-08-2011, 03:27 PM
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New "Wave Disc Generator" engine prototype

New engine shakes up auto industry - Technology & science - Innovation - msnbc.com

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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.
Researchers estimate the new model could shave almost 1,000 pounds off a car's weight currently taken up by conventional engine systems.
Last week, the prototype was presented to the energy division of the Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is backing the Michigan State University Engine Research Laboratory with $2.5 million in funding.
Michigan State's team of engineers hope to have a car-sized 25-kilowatt version of the prototype ready by the end of the year.


Potentially interesting?

Doesn't sound like it will be a cracker performance wise but Perhaps is an interesting step forward?
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Old 04-08-2011, 03:37 PM
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Use to genearte electricity and coudl be a serious contender if the efficiency matches.
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It's very promising, and the device as now presented a quantum leap from the original 1950s theoretical exercise. This group has been working on a usable wave generator quite awhile... take a look at their ASME Engineering Congress paper from 2004:

http://www.egr.msu.edu/mueller/NMRef...2004-59022.pdf
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