How to create a ‘geoengineered’ engine for a ‘Kart Engine’
Researchers at the University of Michigan have designed a system for creating a ‘GeoEngineered’ car using “a simple geometrical concept” in the shape of a wheel.
The concept is based on a wheel in the form of a “gravitational lens” which acts like a “skeleton for the engine” that “provides the necessary balance between kinetic energy and mechanical energy,” according to the team.
“This approach to vehicle construction can enable us to develop more efficient, lightweight and environmentally friendly materials for our future vehicles,” said lead researcher Dan Kocher, a professor of mechanical engineering.
“For example, it could be possible to reduce the cost of a fuel cell vehicle by as much as 70 percent, and it could also significantly reduce CO2 emissions by as little as 2 percent.”
The team has released its research paper for peer review, and the concept was also used by the team at the European Space Agency (ESA) in their research on “Geo-engineered” spacecraft.
The researchers are working on the design of a new, more efficient “solar engine” for a future K-car that would be based on the wheel-based concept.
“The goal is to develop a new type of high performance vehicle with a lower power consumption,” said Kochel.
“There is a lot of work still to be done before we can get to that point, but it is definitely an ambitious goal.”