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    World's Smallest IC Engine, Crazy!

    Sorry not sure if this is the correct forum or not, but you have to check this out:

    SMALLEST PETROL ENGINE




    Scientists have built the smallest petrol engine, tiny enough to power a watch.
    The mini-motor, which runs for two years on a single squirt of lighter fuel, is
    set to revolutionize world technology. It produces 700 times more energy than a
    conventional battery despite being less than a centimeter long not even half an
    inch. It could be used to operate laptops and mobile phones for months doing
    away with the need for recharging. Experts believe it could be phasing out
    batteries in such items within just six years.


    The engine, minute enough to be balanced on a fingertip, has been produced by
    engineers at the University of Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama. Dr Kyle Jiang,
    lead investigator from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, said, "We are
    looking at an industrial revolution happening in peoples pockets.

    The breakthrough is an enormous step forward. Devices which need re-charging or
    new batteries are a problem but in six years could be a thing of the past."

    Other applications for the engine could include medical and military uses, such
    as running heart pacemakers or mini reconnaissance robots.


    At present, charging an ordinary battery to deliver one unit of energy involves
    putting 2,000 units into it. The little engine, because energy is produced
    locally, is far more effective.


    One of the main problems faced by engineers who have tried to produce micro
    motors in the past has been the levels of heat produced. The engines got so hot
    they burned themselves out and could not be re-used. The Birmingham team
    overcame this by using heat-resistant materials such as ceramic and silicon
    carbide.

    Professor Graham Davies, head of the university's engineering school said,
    "We've brought together all the engineering disciplines, materials, chemical
    engineering, civil engineering, and mechanical engineering. What better place
    to have the second industrial revolution in nano-technology than where the first
    took place, in the heart of the United States.
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    Wow, welcome to.the real 21st century.
    Now that's a revolutionary development.
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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DavidV Click here to enlarge
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    Wow, welcome to.the real 21st century.
    Now that's a revolutionary development.
    Imagine that, greater efficiency from an IC engine than an electric motor/battery. Hmmm. Click here to enlarge

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    when u fabbing up the LT's for that bad boy????

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by oldgixxer Click here to enlarge
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    when u fabbing up the LT's for that bad boy????
    Right after we drop it in your gixxer LOL!

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    Moved it to general automotive.

    I'm not sure what to even say, that is incredible.

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    So this runs on gasoline or whatever else kind of combustible fuel? Where is the fuel stored, that is the problem.

    I would love for it replace batteries but fueling up my laptop doesn't seem like a good idea.

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    Yeah but how hard would it be to have like .5oz stored safely? Lighters seem to have that mastered pretty well.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by SSDD Click here to enlarge
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    Yeah but how hard would it be to have like .5oz stored safely? Lighters seem to have that mastered pretty well.
    Touché

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    Amazing!!

    Now wheres the turbocharger?
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