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April 8, 2011 AT 5:48 pm

Wave disk engine


Wave disk engine…

Michigan State University associate professor of mechanical engineering Norbert Mueller describes his Wave Disk Generator, for which he has received a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to build a prototype new engine and generator technology that can dramatically improve efficiencies and reduce costs of electric hybrid vehicles.


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3 Comments

  1. I read a little more into this and it essentially looks to me like a clever turbine engine design. I noticed he mentioned a relatively low output power of 25KW, which I assume helps explain the high gas mileage. I’d be interested to know more about the design details when it comes out

  2. Here’s a link to a detailed technical paper describing the wave disk engine concept in detail for those interested:

    http://wwwsoc.nii.ac.jp/gtsj/jgpp/v02n01tp01.pdf

    Taken from the International Journal of Gas Turbine, Propulsion and Power Systems Dec 2008

  3. Umm… I can make one of those on the CNC mill in my garage… perhaps one of these days I’ll give it a shot, see what happens…

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