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Old 04-18-2012, 11:32 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by ecomodded View Post
And Stan WOW that is encouraging and actually sounds like proof of the benefit.
Good stuff. I enjoyed the article...thanks! I don't know that it really "proves" anything, but I DO think it hints this line of research is worth looking into. Small, high-speed diesels aren't MAN ship engines (80cm bores...300 RPM ), and they certainly aren't gas turbines, but there may be benefits to FE from running under near isothermic conditions.

An easy-to-do first-order swag might be to rig a "hot air intake" by drawing intake air past the exhaust pipe and by routing the fuel line past a hot water line. Anybody ever tried this?
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