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Old 03-16-2022, 09:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Steam power...

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This put a big ole smile on my face.

I love the ingenuity...







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Old 03-16-2022, 12:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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No condenser simplifies the design. Wood gas:



Subtitles available. Where's [copy]cRiPpLe_rOoStEr[paste] when you need him?
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Steam efficiencies may be low . . .

. . . but the ability to fuel the engine with a wide variety of fuels keeps them viable in low industrial countries.
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Old 03-16-2022, 08:51 PM   #4 (permalink)
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. . . but the ability to fuel the engine with a wide variety of fuels keeps them viable in low industrial countries.
With what's going on in the world, I wonder if it wouldn't be a bad idea for high industrial countries to make fuel diversified vehicles too...

Natural gas conversion...??
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More than a suitability to "unconventional" fuels, nowadays I'd be more concerned about the viability of using non-drinkable reclaimed water.


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That steam engine would be much more efficient if he removed the cooling fins from that repurposed air cooled engine cylinder. With steam power, you want to do all that you can to minimize heat loss from the expanding steam in the cylinder, which is why the most efficient steam engines are multi (up to quadruple) expansion engines.

If you arenít familiar with it, look up the Doble steam car, which was the most powerful and efficient steam car ever made. Itís engine was also used in a steam powered airplane that is now in the Smithsonian. Jay Leno has several Doble cars and has a good video showing the ingenious mechanism in how they worked.
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Good point. OTOH 7.2M views in 2 weeks.

The Doble was far more advanced compared with Stanley's Steamer.
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In 1914, Doble drove a car he had constructed to Detroit, where he obtained the financial backing to produce a steam-powered car called the Doble Detroit. This was the first Doble vehicle to use a forced draft burner that allowed the operator to get up a head of steam in seconds. It also used a Doble-designed two-cylinder, double-acting engine.
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The Doble cars were amazing! I've heard rumors that they got 30mpg in a 6,000lb vehicle and also would have met current California air pollution standards. These cars were also very sporty for their time period and were comparible to a Duesenburg.

The Stanley's were known for being the first to make a car go two miles per minute (120mph) and had a production car that could hit 60mph but not maintain that speed from what I understand. However, the Doble could maintain a very high speed.
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With what's going on in the world, I wonder if it wouldn't be a bad idea for high industrial countries to make fuel diversified vehicles too...

Natural gas conversion...??
Electric vehicle are about the most fuel diversified vehicles you can get. They can be powered by solar, wind, hydro, wave, natural gas, propane, coal, diesel, gasoline, ethanol, nuclear ....

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