Short Sabbatical

I’ve been away from my usual activities for a little bit. I picked up the materials to start a drafting project. I’m going to draw an engine that I’ve designed, over the last 40 years or so. I’m drawing it to demonstrate two principles. The first is to get around the pressure and fuel limitations in conventional engines. The second is to create a way to contain combustion in a small zone in the combustion chamber. This engine would have both a load sensitive compression ratio and output speed. What I would do with it, beyond my own amusement, I don’t know. Yes, it would get as lot better gas mileage, perhaps double.

I’ve read so many articles and papers about altering the pressure curve, and they seem to be a partial answer, not really changing the curve that much. I also want to beat the pressure limit at which detonation and pre-ignition occurs. If the pressure level is physically altered¬†after the fuel is burned, there can be no damaging uncontrolled reactions. It’s just hot, inert gas.

The U. S. Patent Office has always been the most corrupt agency in the U. S. government. It’s that little clause about awarding patents to the applicant “best able to bring a product to market”. That’s why the man who invented the intermittent wiper blade system had to fight Ford for years, and spend 5 million of his own money to get a judgment. At the last that I heard, he hadn’t gotten a dime from Ford. The highest proprietary interest is served. I would rather put it in the public domain and have a thousand little cottage industry shops build it. That can’t be stopped.

This looks more like the engine I was describing. At least it looks clearer. It would require special assembly techniques, just because the secondary crankshaft is there.

Either the main bearing webs would have to be a modular pre – assembled unit, or the dimensions would have to be changed, to allow assembly by conventional means. External dimension limitations suggest that the first option is best.

¬†It appears that I wasn’t clear in my explanation and description. This engine has cylinders paired together, in common combustion chambers. It is not two separate engines. This is just one possible layout. Next, is an idea for a flat 8 cylinder layout, again with 16 pistons in pairs, and without cylinder head gaskets, just because I don’t like the concept of cylinder head gaskets.

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