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The original Wankel Rotery engine was a technological triumph. Small, simple, did not use valves. The problem with it was one of emissions and wear. It used “wipers” between the sections. Those wipers wore much faster than a set of rings on a regular piston engine. Also the wipers not only used oil to reduce the wear but also to seal. The oil was burned in the combustion process leading to poor emissions…..

 

A small Connecticut Company has developed a new rotary engine that does not have these issues.

 

They have already received four million dollars from DARPA to push the technology forward. Here is the site.

 

http://liquidpiston.com/

 

The military looked at the Wankel engine years back. From a logistics point it had a lot of potential by “stacking” the pistons. Put three or four together and you can power a HUMVEE. Put six of them together and you power a medium truck. Put eight of them together and you power a Heavy truck. Twelve makes for a big generator. But the Wankel engine did not last long enough…..

 

This streamlines logistics, repair knowledge and specialized tools to disassemble or repair the sections. I assume they are still interested in this technology for those same reasons. Plus it runs off of anything, which has always made the Military happy.

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