Forums > Social Discussion > Failed... And Thank God They Did!

Login/Join to Participate

PK_
PK_

Lambretta Fanatic

Member Since: 20th Dec 2001
Total posts: 4991
Posted:Production Jet Cars Of The Fifties.

I can imagine now the eco threads of HoP if these were really into production rolleyes

.. makes me think that for some reason certain failures like this one made our world slightly better than it could have been 50/60 years ago, if the markets were full of cars like these...

ozone layer?... they have taught us about that in History lessons wink


PK.

"To be an angel, one need not have wings.
In giving love there is an equal grace.
Nor need one seek the aura in the face,
As love unveils the beauty of all things."

*Francois Couperin.

Delete Topic

astar2
member

Member Since: 7th Jan 2006
Total posts: 37
Posted:the rover turbine cars didn't go into production, but chrysler made a limited run of turbine cars in the early 60's.

Thank god they didn't catch on.

http://www.allpar.com/mopar/turbine.html


Delete

_3C_
_3C_

Daywalker
Location: Dublin!
Member Since: 13th Feb 2007
Total posts: 215
Posted:Not just history lessons, you'd be telling your kids myths about it!

"It was a magical blanket that covered mother earth and kept her safe and warm!" smile

I'm glad those cars didn't take off though, they would've made an awful nasty dent in the Ozone alright!


Speed of Dark: As yet unmeasured, but believed to be faster than light owing to its ability to move so quickly out of light's way. -- Terry Pratchett

[total number of times I've been hit in the head with poi: 10! <--- Double Digits!!!!]

Delete

Stout
Stout

Pooh-Bah
Location: Canada
Member Since: 12th May 2004
Total posts: 1872
Posted:These look like fun

Delete

PK_
PK_

Lambretta Fanatic

Member Since: 20th Dec 2001
Total posts: 4991
Posted: Written by: Stout


These look like fun



should try and mount one of those engines in my Vespa ubbidea ubblol

God those Chryslers were ugly!!


PK.

"To be an angel, one need not have wings.
In giving love there is an equal grace.
Nor need one seek the aura in the face,
As love unveils the beauty of all things."

*Francois Couperin.

Delete

Doc Lightning
Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Member Since: 28th May 2001
Total posts: 13920
Posted:Actually, gas turbine engines can be very efficient. They power commercial aircraft and produce much more thrust per weight with much better fuel efficiency than a similarly-powered piston engine.

A few problems: Gas turbine engines are most efficient at high power, as in a flight. They are not efficient with frequent changes in power and they change power much more slowly than an internal combustion engine. So they are ideal for marine and aviation applications, but for automotive applications, they just aren't very good.

I doubt it would have been the ecologic disaster you think, though. There's a reason they never caught on, and it's nothing to do with ecology.


-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

Delete

astar2
member

Member Since: 7th Jan 2006
Total posts: 37
Posted:back 'then' small turbines were far from efficient. even when spooled up to optimum speed. it would have been a awful lot of pollution untill they developed the turbines untill they were even efficient under ideal circumstances.



I think someday soon you might see a remergence of turbines. A turbine/electric hybrid car has potential for being extreamly efficient with todays modern micro turbines.


Delete

polarity
polarity

veteran
Location: on the wrong planet
Member Since: 16th May 2005
Total posts: 1228
Posted:They're really waiting for the development of good continuously variable transmissions. A piston engine can change it's speed pretty quickly, just by letting off the gas, so a gearbox with 5 ratios is fine. The engine can use the first ratio until it is running at it's maximum speed, then drop in speed enough to switch to the next ratio.



With a continuously variable transmission the engine runs at one speed (the one that gives the best power/fuel economy) and the gear ratio of the transmission is changed to give different speeds.



This kind of transmission would make all kinds of combustion engines more efficient, as when you change gear in a car the engine rpms change from the most fuel efficient to a lower speed (you can see the smoke come out the exhaust when it happens).



Gas turbines are already used in tanks and trains, where fuel efficiency is a concern. The difference there is that they are much larger than in cars. Making all the parts smaller and keeping efficiency is a problem.



One of the biggest benefits of this kind of engine is the range of fuels it can burn. Pretty much any flammable liquid or gas. They may be run on petrol or diesel now, but could very easily be switched to hydrogen or alcohol.


You aren't thinking or really existing unless you're willing to risk even your own sanity in the judgment of your existence.

Green peppers, lime pickle and whole-grain mustard = best sandwich filling.

Delete


Similar Topics

Using the keywords [failed thank god] we found the following similar topics.
1. Forums > Talking with God [80 replies]
2. Forums > Thank God for Poi [1 reply]
3. Forums > i'm ALIVE! thank GOD [10 replies]
4. Forums > Failed... And Thank God They Did! [7 replies]
5. Forums > Thank you Australia [19 replies]

     Show more..