EXTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES: PROSPECTS FOR VEHICULAR APPLICATION

EXTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES ARE DISCUSSED AS POSSIBLE ALTERNATIVES TO THE INTERNAL COMBUSION ENGINE FOR VEHICLE PROPULSION. POTENTIAL ADVANTAGES ARE LOW LEVELS OF EXHAUST POLLUTION, QUIET OPERATION, HIGH STARTING TORQUE, AND POSSIBLE LOWER COSTS DURING A VEHICLE LIFETIME. PRESENT EXPERIENCE WITH THE CALIFORNIA STEAM BUS PROJECT INDICATES THAT COMPETITIVE ROAD PERFORMANCE IS OBTAINABLE WITH STEAM- POWERED CITY BUSES, BUT FUEL CONSUMPTION IS HIGHER THAN WITH A DIESEL ENGINE. OPPORTUNITIES REMAIN OPEN FOR THE EVOLUTIONARY IMPROVEMENT OF THERMAL EFFICIENCY. LOGICAL EARLY APPLICATIONS INCLUDE STOP-AND-GO FLEET VEHICLES. /AUTHOR/

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 55-62
  • Monograph Title: New transportation systems and technology
  • Serial:

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  • Accession Number: 00241808
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Feb 3 1973 12:00AM