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ROBERT

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Run your mobile phone on petrol !
« on: 16/01/2006 17:09:29 »
""University of Cambridge > Engineering Department > News & Features  



Micro-engines
11 January 2006

Micro-engines
A programme for research on millimetre scale internal combustion engines is being jointly developed by Cambridge Combustion Research Centre here at the Department of Engineering and the Centre for Micro-Engineering and Nanotechnology at the University of Birmingham. This micro-engine project brings together novelties in fabrication, combustion, and micro-engine design with a close interaction of micro-fabrication and combustion expertise.

Most liquid hydrocarbon fuels hold over 300 times more energy per unit weight than a NiCad battery and 100 times more than a Li-ion battery. A micro-engine would have the potential to release the energy from the fuels and possibly replace batteries in portable devices. It would not only last much longer than a battery of the same weight (about 20 times at 10% efficiency), but also requires little time to change its fuel capsule. As a highly compact energy source, micro-engines could find applications in medical devices, military equipment, PDAs, notebook computers, mobile phones, and even toys!""

http://www.eng.cam.ac.uk/news/stories/2006/micro_engines/
« Last Edit: 18/01/2006 14:07:25 by ROBERT »


 

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Re: Run your mobile phone on petrol !
« Reply #1 on: 17/01/2006 11:07:39 »
how cool is that? but you missed a trick by not putting the pic in the mystery pic thread no one would have gotten that!

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« Reply #2 on: 18/01/2006 14:47:22 »
If a micro-engine broke down would you call the AA / RAC ? :)
 

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Re: Run your mobile phone on petrol !
« Reply #3 on: 18/01/2006 19:59:47 »
Interesting but the problem is, assuming that the power cycles were pulsed the screaming noise that the little engine would make

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