Progress in the Automotive Technology Development Program for the year ending September 30, 1980 is reported. This program is aimed at developing for commercialization advanced gas turbine (AGT) engines, advanced Stirling engines (ASE), and innovative, more efficient vehicles and vehicle components to use with advanced, energy-conserving automotive propulsion systems. For the AGT, the major accomplishments for this period included: awarded contracts for AGT development; completed reference powertrain design; initiated design and fabrication of testing facilities; and testing of components. For the ASE, design review is on schedule, and components have been tested up to 4000 h. A turbocompound diesel engine completed 54,000 miles of road testing and showed a 5% fuel economy improvement. Ten thousand miles of road testing a prototype Diesel Organic Rankine Bottoming Cycle in a heavy truck engine showed a 10% fuel economy gain. Three hundred standard GSA vehicles, operated with a Controlled Speed Accessory Drive showed, a 6 to 8% fuel economy gain. Four gas turbines have been installed in intercity buses, and five more are being installed in intracity buses in Baltimore. (ERA citation 06:009367)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Department of Energy

    1000 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20585
  • Publication Date: 1980-9-30

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  • Pagination: 30 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00336775
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 12 1981 12:00AM