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Motiv Engines introduces 2nd-generation split-cycle concept; MkII Clarke-Brayton heavy-duty engine being designed for LNG

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Section of the MkII Clarke-Brayton split-cycle engine. We have taken what we learned from our first engine and applied it to the new design.

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Novel opposed-piston free-piston linear generator for hybrids seeks to overcome drawbacks of earlier designs

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Concept Engines Engines HybridsClick to enlarge. The central combustion chamber has two opposed pistons. —Ling Huang 2012.

Liquid Air Energy Network forms in UK; focus on transportation and energy storage

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liquid air) Dearman piston engine. Source: Dearman Engine Company. High efficiency internal combustion engine. The Dearman engine.

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DOE to award $55.8M for advanced vehicle technologies; $35M for fuel cell and hydrogen

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Topics addressed include: advanced batteries (including manufacturing processes) and electric drive R&D; Lightweight materials; Advanced combustion engine and enabling technologies R&D; and Fuels technologies (dedicated or dual-fuel natural gas engine technologies). million. The FOA contains a total of 9 Areas of Interest (AOIs).

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LiquidPiston introduces latest X-series version of HEHC rotary engine; targeting 58% peak BTE, 2 hp/lb power density

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Isuzu D201 35 hp diesel engine (left) and the LiquidPiston 40 hp X2 Prototype (right). to the thermodynamics, not to a particular engine.

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New split-cycle concept to control diesel HCCI combustion

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Turbocharged HCPC engine scheme. Thus the HCPC range can extend to all engine operating conditions, including very high loads. 598 cm 3.

Concept: modular EV-hybrid features battery and engine swapping

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The car can change between a rear engine-pack (red) and a larger battery-pack (green) to enable hybrid or full EV operation. A Romanian team—Dan Scarlat (automotive journalist), Marian Cilibeanu (designer) and Cristian Ionescu (engineer)—are proposing the SCI hyMod modular concept car. Click to enlarge.

Concept Engine: Ilmor Engineering to Show Cutaway of 5-Stroke Engine at Engine EXPO

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Rendering of the Ilmor 5-stroke concept engine. Ilmor Engineering will present a new cutaway version of the Ilmor 5-stroke concept engine at the upcoming Engine EXPO 2009, 16-18 June, in Stuttgart, Germany. The 5-stroke concept engine is a self-funded proof of concept. Click to enlarge.

Orbital Corporation and Changan to Develop Concept Engine

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The ChangAn CA18 FlexDI Concept Engine shown at Auto China 2008. Tags: China Engines Click to enlarge. Earlier post.).

Start-up Eco-Motive developing dual-fuel “H” engine; parallel, independently fueled piston banks

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Startup Eco-Motive has developed what it calls the first dual-fuel “H” engine; it recently received a patent (# 8807098 ) on the design.

Libertine FPE builds demo prototype of linear free piston generator

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UK-based Libertine FPE has built a demonstration prototype of its linear electrical machine for what it is calling “Digital Piston Motion Control” in free piston engine applications. This technology will allow researchers to develop future combustion engines free from the piston motion constraints dictated by the crankshaft.

FEV to show compressed natural gas light-duty concept engine with ATAC combustion system at 2011 SAE World Congress

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FEV) a leading developer of advanced powertrain and vehicle technologies, will exhibit a lean burn engine concept at the SAE 2011 World Congress that has been modified to run on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). FEV developed ATAC more than a decade ago, targeting large-bore engines in stationary and heavy-duty applications.

Novel Fixed Pitch Continuously Variable Transmission for High Torque Applications

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Scuderi Releases Video Footage of Running Split-Cycle 1L Prototype

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Simplified pressure-volume curve for the Scuderi Engine. P-V curve for the Scuderi Engine. The Scuderi Engine. Click to enlarge.

RadMax Axial Vane Rotary Diesel Engine Drawings Released for Bid

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have completed a final set of manufacturing drawings for the RadMax Diesel Engine, and have released them competitive bid. Rad Max assembly.

Michigan State University Receives $2.5M ARPA-E Award to Build Wave Disc Engine/Generator for Series Hybrid Applications

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Schematic model of a wave disk engine, showing combustion and shockwaves within the channels. The Wave Disc Engine. Source: MSU. 2004).

Concept: Garric Rotary Variable Compression Ratio Engine

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Basic components of the Garric engine. In August, Garric Engines. Tags: Concept Engines Engines Click to enlarge.

Grail Engine Adopts Enerpulse Pulse Plugs for Forced Semi-Homogeneous Charged Compression Ignition in Concept Two-Stroke Engine

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Rendering of the Grail Engine. Elements of the Grail Engine. Tags: Concept Engines Engines Fuel Efficiency

UK LowCVP Launches ‘Technology Challenge’ to Accelerate Low Carbon Vehicle Innovation; Libralato Engines First Registrant

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The first registrant in the Challenge is Libralato Engines, developer of a novel rotary engine (cutaway shown) promising a 5.5%

Australian Cam-Drive Gasoline Engine Reaches 39.5% Efficiency in Independent Testing; Potential for Production Engine in China

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Revetec has prototyped 6 different versions of Revetec engine designs over the last 10 years. The engine. Click to enlarge. Revetec.

Concept: AET Reaches Final Development Stage of OX2 Barrel Engine

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of the OX2 Engine. Advanced Engine Technologies. The OX2 engine was conceived in Australia by inventor Steve Manthey. Resources.

Concept: Compact Two-Cycle, Co-generating Piston-Driven Turbine to Deliver 60+% Efficiency

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The engine components are contained within a sphere. 2007) A review of free-piston engine history and applications. Click to enlarge.

ORNL Researchers Find Thermochemical Exhaust Heat Recuperation In Internal Combustion Engines Could Provide Substantial Boosts in Second-Law Efficiency

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Schematic of the conceptual ideal piston engine used for the TCR study. The basic concept of TCR involves using exhaust heat to promote on-board reforming of hydrocarbon fuels into syngas (a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen). The syngas is then burned in the engine in place of some or all of the original fuel. Resources.

Bladon Jets, SR Drives and Jaguar Land Rover Win Funding for Gas Turbine Electric Vehicle Project

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Prototype of a Bladon Micro-Jet engine. The ULRE will incorporate a Bladon Jets patented, axial flow gas turbine engine coupled to a high-speed generator utilizing SR Drives’ proprietary switched reluctance technology. Bladon Micro-Jet Engines are 100% axial-flow, gas turbine engines for use in a variety of applications.

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Concept: Honda RD Developing Variable Compression Ratio Engine with Dual Piston Mechanism

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Engineers from Honda R&D Co., presented a pair of papers at the SAE 2009 World Congress describing the development of a variable compression ratio (VCR) engine enabled by a dual piston mechanism. Combining the high compression ratio with the Atkinson cycle, the engineering team demonstrated a 7.4% to 14.2 and back again.

Achates Power developing light-duty two-stroke opposed-piston diesel engine: the OP4

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Redon presented the basics of the OP4 engine concept at the SAE High Efficiency IC Engine Symposium in Detroit. Click to enlarge.

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Shell develops new concept synthetic lubricant for engines; up to 6.5% fuel economy benefit on urban cycle

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A collaboration between research teams at Shell and Gordon Murray Design (GMD) recently led to the development of an innovative concept engine lubricant capable of achieving a 6.5% city car as the test bed, Shell engineers formulated an ultra low viscosity 0W-10 motor oil. benefit on a combined cycle. Using GMD’s new T.25 Brie

Volvo Cars reveals triple-boosted 4-cylinder, 450 hp Drive-E powertrain concept

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Drive-E Powertrain Concept. The engine utilizes two parallel turbochargers, which are fed by an electrically powered turbo-compressor.

Mazda highlights new engine concepts

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The New York International Auto Show saw Mazda showcase a series of new engine and transmission concepts that improve fuel efficiency and lower emissions. Known as the SKY Concept engines and transmissions, they will be rolled out from 2011.

New BMW Concept M5 delivers 25% reduction in fuel consumption and emissions; start-stop function

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BMW’s new Concept M5, which makes its public debut at Auto Shanghai 2011, features a newly developed V8 with M twin-turbo technology. The M5 Concept engine is coupled with a seven-speed M double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic and M-specific suspension and steering. Brief

Technology transfer from Mercedes SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive to Cigarette Racing

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The 38’ Cigarette AMG Electric Drive Concept and the SLS AMG Coupé Electric Drive. Click to enlarge. Electric powertrain for the Cigarette.

Flight Design to Present New Hybrid Propulsion System for Light Aircraft

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Flight Design GmbH will debut a hybrid engine concept for light aircraft at the upcoming Aero show in Friedrichshafen, Germany (2-5 April). Flight Design developed the concept engine over the past two years with Franz Aircraft Engines. Matthias Betsch, Flight Design CEO.

Another engine concept to make EXPO debut

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Earlier this week we told you about a “ revolutionary engine to make its debut &# at the upcoming Engine EXPO in Stuttgart. Now we have details of another exciting concept to be showcased at the event. Ilmor Engineering will present a new cutaway version of the Ilmor five-stroke concept engine at the show.

Concept: Downsized and Supercharged Hybrid Pneumatic Engine for 30%+ Reduction in Fuel Consumption

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Schematic of downsized and supercharged four-stroke hybrid pneumatic spark injection engine. The hardware concept. Source: ETH Zürich.

ETI announces £2.5M lower drivetrain HDV efficiency project

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The ETI is a public-private partnership between global energy and engineering companies—BP, Caterpillar, EDF, E.ON, Rolls-Royce and Shell—and the UK Government. Engines Heavy-duty Manufacturing SVO Transmissions Vehicle SystemsThis next phase of the program aims to take us closer towards that end objective.

Groups join forces on fuel efficient engine

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China’s fourth largest car manufacturer Chongqing Changan Automobile Co and Orbital Corporation Limited have formed a joint development to work on a concept engine. If it proves successful, Changan hopes to take the FlexDI concept to mass production. It is not the first time that the two companies have joined forces.

Revolutionary engine to make debut

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An engine that provides vehicle manufacturers with an immediate solution for low emission legislation will make its European debut at the Engine EXPO in Stuttgart. The split-cycle engine from the Scuderi Group offers high efficiency standards without the need for large investments to modify existing production processes.