New prototype gasoline engine will improve car efficiency

April 8th, 2011 - 6:45 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, Apr 8 (ANI): A new prototype gasoline engine that requires no transmission, crankshaft, pistons, valves, fuel compression, cooling systems or fluids has been developed.

Researchers at Michigan State University came up with the so-called Wave Disk Generator, which could greatly improve the efficiency of gas-electric hybrid automobiles, Discovery News reported.

It can also potentially decrease auto emissions up to 90 percent when compared with conventional combustion engines.

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 dollars 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. (ANI)

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