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Solenoid engine

  1. Nov 14, 2009 #1
    I once saw an engine study that uses solenoids in compensating engagements much like the internal combustion engine. It was a small contraption but it worked. It used 12v dc current. I am just wondering if the engine can produce enough electricity to recharge the battery it uses if an alternator or some kind of electric generator is attached to it.

    can this configuration be used to make an automobile engine? There were patents for such but I never saw one produced.
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  3. Nov 14, 2009 #2


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    While operating the coils of your solenoids and generator will produce heat due to their resistive component, This heat represents unrecoverable energy loss to the system. Therefore your battery will steadly discharge. Therefore your device can do no work other then charge the battery.
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