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Translating Motion - Which is the most efficient?

  1. Apr 11, 2010 #1

    I need some wisdom! Here is my problem. I want to make an air powered engine. This isnt a problem, I have plans for this. However, I want to put my own twist on the engine. I want it to be a axial engine, so the axle is in the same plane as the cylinders.

    The importance factor is efficiency, I want this mechanism to convert the energy as efficiently as possible, translating to low start-up torque and high RPM output.

    There seems to be a few ways to do this, so if I put down some of my options, can you advise me on the best route.

    Option 1. Swatch Plate

    [PLAIN]http://www.dself.dsl.pipex.com/museum/POWER/unusualICeng/axial-ICeng/swash%20plate%20motor3.gif [Broken]

    Option 2. Trebert

    [PLAIN]http://www.dself.dsl.pipex.com/museum/POWER/unusualICeng/axial-ICeng/Trebert%20stationary%20cylinders%20anim.gif [Broken]

    Option 3. Wobble Plate

    [PLAIN]http://www.dself.dsl.pipex.com/museum/POWER/unusualICeng/axial-ICeng/wobble%20plate%20motor1.gif [Broken]

    Option 4. Barrel Cam

    LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvtekHPzbUw

    Option 5. Radial Engine (I know, the cylinders arnt in the same plane as axle)


    Option 6. None of the above!

    Id be really interested to hear what your thoughts are on this, and input would be hugely appreciated.

    Last edited by a moderator: May 4, 2017
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  3. Apr 12, 2010 #2
    how many rpm do you want to get?
  4. Apr 12, 2010 #3
    Pretty interesting and clever design ideas you've found.
  5. Apr 12, 2010 #4
    Hi! Thank you, it took me a while to find them. Im looking to get around 2000-3000rpm
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