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Otto 12-12-2008 12:08 PM

Fuel viscosity--Thoughts on this c&p?
Simple new fuel-injection technology applies electric field to increase car mileage and reduce emissions

Sep 30 2008 10:30AM

Researchers at Temple University in Pennsylvania installed an electrically-charged tube around a car's fuel line near the fuel injector and resulting in an increase in mileage from 33 mpg to 37 mpg. Based on a principle called electrorheology, the field reduces the fuel's viscosity, effectively atomizing the fuel droplets, increasing the mileage while decreasing emissions. From the study’s abstract:

“Because combustion starts at the droplet surface, smaller droplets lead to cleaner and more efficient combustion. Both laboratory tests and road tests confirm our theory and indicate that such a device improves fuel mileage significantly. The technology is expected to have broad applications, applicable to current internal combustion engines and future engines as well.”

The study will be published in the November 19th issue of ACS’s publication, Energy and Fuels.

The technique is relatively simple to implement in future car designs, or even as a retrofit.

Lower pollutants, a 20% increase in fuel efficiency – when can we buy this?

Daox 12-12-2008 12:32 PM

This was posted a while back by windshadow. I'm highly suspect.

See this thread for lots of discussion:

bgd73 12-12-2008 07:47 PM

add that to mechanical atomization, low pressure pumping, and a singular source, (no electronic injector, but a teaser before the mechanical tried and true)..what do you get? a 1985 subaru with SPFI. they have nothing new there...
injection is a follower. No getting out of it.

trebuchet03 12-12-2008 08:27 PM

ER fluids return to their "normal" viscosity as soon as they are removed from the field.

Technically speaking - injectors are basically solenoid valves.... Which have plenty of current flowing through them.... Current flowing through a wire induces a magnetic field....

Plus, it's being licensed by STWA, inc.... with all sorts of other crazy ass products...


Peter7307 12-13-2008 12:13 AM

If the aim is to reduce the viscosity of the fuel there are easier and simpler ways.

See the mention of the earlier thread for a detailed discussion.


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