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Exploding Engine Could Reduce Fuel Consumption

Technology Review -- A new kind of engine under development, called a detonation engine, could save the military hundreds of millions of dollars in fuel costs every year. The technology, which military researchers are working on together with scientists at GE and other companies, could reduce fuel consumption at power plants, in ships, and on airplanes by as much as 25 percent. The Navy alone estimates that retrofitting its ships with the technology would reduce annual fuel costs by $300 to $400 million.

It could be over a decade before such engines are put to practical use. But DARPA, having finished detailed plans, is now in the middle of a $62 million program aimed at building the first full-scale demonstration of one version of the technology. (GE is involved in the project: see “GE’s Risky Research.”)...


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Nov 27, 2012 6:00:18 AM

might be useful to look at diesel engines. May not require a decade of R&D.
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 6:07:48 AM

Good stuff...
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 4:17:41 AM

Every little bit helps.
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2012 2:18:11 AM

Keep working on it.
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 12:07:11 PM

This was a day for recycled stories
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 11:39:22 AM

Again?
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 10:35:51 AM

interesting
mrpc90
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 8:30:02 AM

The Ford Ecoboost engine in 10 years.
tomok
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 8:20:20 AM

Exploding Engine Could Reduce Fuel Consumption, very carefull timing of the fuel explosions to control the engine and produce power from the fuel. If something is not timed carefully or operates wrong, it goes boom! The combustion chamber must be very heavy duty to the max. But, what a savings in fuel costs if everything goes like it should.
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, the vehicle manufactures Produce and the population ‘Drives’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
XII/XXII/MMXII!
Buickdriver7
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 1:41:04 AM

I guess this won't be an inexpensive engine...or be seen in autos anytime soon!! If the computer controlling the combustion goes haywire, you die!!

Don't we already have car bombs!!
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 1:38:24 AM

Wait and see.
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 1:34:02 AM

aren't they all controlled explosions already?
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 1:33:43 AM

Lots of cutting edge TECHNOLOGY never comes to market because of tech problems or cost!

Automakers CLAIM they can make cars that get 100 MPG, but the cost would be much more expensive, slow accelerating cars that no one wants or could afford at $150,000 for a basic 4 seater!
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 1:29:59 AM

Explosive
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 1:29:21 AM

We'll see...
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 1:28:39 AM

I will reserve judgment until I see that this technology works.
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 1:27:30 AM

ok...thought nuclear engines were all the rave
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 1:27:26 AM

Interesting
10k
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 1:25:23 AM

dang-i thought i was gonna be reading about engines blowing up right and left..
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 1:24:41 AM

staying home or riding a bicycle does also
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 1:23:32 AM

good!
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 1:21:29 AM

old news
NYCmob79
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 1:17:01 AM

I was hoping this was about car engines :-(
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 1:15:56 AM

An exploding engine?
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 1:14:08 AM

repeat
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 1:14:05 AM

Detonation engine? You mean diesel?
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 1:07:51 AM

Interesting. Hope I'm around when they hold the first trial run with one in a ship.
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 1:04:58 AM

The navy is not really into new and unproven technology. With the emphasises on tradition, I don't see it going anywhere more then a research ship.
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 1:04:39 AM

Most engines that I am aware of are "exploding" engines.

Under control, of course.
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 1:00:38 AM

You have to start somewhere.
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 12:59:43 AM

Interesting, indeed.
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 12:58:18 AM

Very interesting........
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 12:54:17 AM

sounds promising.
Z51Corvette
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 12:52:54 AM

Yah know... diesel engines... are just like this to a certain point... they have no spark plug.
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 12:52:31 AM

See that ?
badbonita
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 12:51:47 AM

The headline definitely catches one's attention
Z51Corvette
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 12:51:27 AM

It is an option... we need options... but this is not an all or nothing situation... with balance comes strength!
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 12:48:57 AM

might or might not work
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 12:44:24 AM

Cool
craigsfrank
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 12:42:57 AM

Sure why not, this article was too smart for me :)
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 12:39:42 AM

An "exploding engine?" Isn't that what they had on (or was it under?) the Space Shuttles?
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 12:39:36 AM

The military has been leading the way in fuel saving technology and development.
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 12:33:48 AM

At present, I have no interest. I do wish them success.
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 12:32:00 AM

The military will never save $. They are a bottomless well.
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 12:28:41 AM

Hmmm...interesting.
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 12:28:21 AM

Sounds like a diesel to me.
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 12:27:13 AM

But the noise...the noise...and the weight required to house that explosion...and the lubricants that would have to stand up to that kind of speed...and of course, the metallurgy required...

But we did put men on the moon in less than a decade from the setting of that goal, so...
SensAL
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 12:26:58 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 12:26:26 AM

I'll believe it, when I see it.
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 12:25:48 AM

If we could get exploding tempers to reduce fuel consumption we would really have something !!!!!
Mr_Bill_W
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Message Posted: Nov 25, 2012 12:25:46 AM

Interesting technology... Anxious to see how this translates into consumer's vehicles...
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