2011
Transportation

“Is 150 Year Old Technology the Best Design for the Next 100 years of High Speed Rail (HSR)?”

For over 150 years, one structural rail technology has been used to transport both (1) bulk items such as coal, grains, chemicals, and containerized cargo; and (2) people. Today, this technology is asked to propel people over 150 mph and use the same “rectangle support structure.” The conventional structure uses only a narrow, 4’ 8 ½” railroad gauge and locates the vehicle’s Center of Gravity (CG) in-between its narrow wheel base. This very restrictive “box design” produces the traditional, narrow, 9’– 9½’ cabin.

Technology - Respectfully, FasTran leaders believe there is better technology to transport passengers at speeds from ...

The PDT is a Hybrid of Steam, Gas Jet turbine, and Reciprocating technologies. The name Positive Displacement Turbine suggests a contradiction in terms; however, we need to make use of a paradigm shift in thinking of what constitutes a turbine. The PDT generates a cyclonic subroutine of rotating gasses perpendicular to the central shaft. An osculating-crescent-piston, which redirects the burning gas flow up and back creating a cyclonic vortex within a positive displacement expansion chamber developing torque to the center shaft. The feature promotes low to mid range operation with unusually high torque and extreme economy because of complete oxidation of all components of its fuel. PDT hybrids renders the greatest yield from the Exothermal flame front force that ...

This new aircraft design will deploy state-of-the-art technology present in the latest subsonic passenger aircraft today.

The ‘closed wing’ or ‘ring wing ’design and the most of the other structures will utilize exotic metals and carbon composite materials for lightness and strength and is designed to provide added lift with an aerofoil design for optimum lift characteristics and minimal forms of drag and provide a low stall speed . The stagger of the upper wing ensures that there is no interference with the lift provided by the lower wing. The absence of wing tips prevent formation of vortex drag which can trail behind the aircraft for several miles. The lower main wing will house the landing gear and the ...

A simple foot operated mechanism for controlling both throttle and brakes of a motor vehicle is proposed. The throttle is controlled by pivoting foot at the ankle. A locking mechanism is used, which provides rigid support for the driver's foot while operating the throttle. The brakes are applied by pushing the heel down to release the locking mechanism, and straightening the knee. The leg movement from accelerating to braking is a natural and smooth one, and in a natural way cuts the fuel to the engine before brakes are applied. Once brakes are applied it is possible to open the throttle valve without necessarily releasing brakes—if desired.

The advantages of a single controlling element for both accelerating and braking ...

The first challenge in transportation is to explore new trails, to go where no one has gone before, to leave the first footprints in undisturbed sands. At this watershed moment, the Earth's Moon waits, a vista of magnificent desolation, silent, forbidding, calling. Come, blaze new trails with me.

Recently, half a billion dollar's worth of new lunar data generated by the American instrument LOLA has become available to the public: streams of numbers about altitudes, slopes, roughness of the terrain, and the land's appearance in the brutal glare of the sun's unfiltered light. You can be among the first to turn this data into three-dimensional terrain maps that show where we can go, where we can build, where we ...

My new concept design is a 4 seater mini car for both rural and urban areas. Every day traffic is becoming more hectic and congested around the world. To overcome this, the concept car can easily make 4 people travel comfortably and safely to their work place instead of travelling on bikes individually. This way petrol cost is saved and also polluting the environment will be less.

I started my concept design in SolidWorks with a rough outline sketch and started building the design sketches of the car outline and wheels first. Then the body of the car is outlined and the parts like the door, main body, front, rear and side panels are designed and built up. All panels are ...

The CoPilot is a simple device that detects and interprets the acceleration of a vehicle. The device is used to help train a driver to drive in a conservative manner. In efforts to reduce a vehicle's fuel consumption, one of the greatest factors is how a vehicle is driven. Fast acceleration greatly increases fuel consumption. But how do we know what is considered conservative driving?

How it works:

-Set up the CoPilot through your computer (USB access) and select the vehicle model and your type of driving. This calibrates the CoPilot to display acceptable driving behavior.
-Place the CoPilot on the dashboard of a vehicle. Either with a self-adhesive pad or window mount.
-No need to turn it on, ...

An innovative solution for the cosmic airplanes (spacecraft), for the sub-orbital salvage vehicles and also for the high speed airplanes, for all flying vehicles which necessitate a compact and robust body – atmospheric reentry (returning body) – at great altitudes and speed, respectively a maximum surface of wing spread and prolongation when landing.

As visible in drawing nr.1, the body of the vehicle is decisive as being optimal at the return, according to the specialists in the field, it has, in addition, completely retractable (folding) wings; on the extremities of these wings are placed the dynamic surfaces (wings) which are resistant to high temperatures, being able to be oriented towards interior in the incipient phases of the return and which ...

In theory, the CVT is an ideal design, varying the transmission ratio continuously so that you can say it's an automatic transmission with no infinite number of ratios. Consequently, the best ratio can be chosen at any time to optimize performance and energy efficiency of both (motor car). The base of the CVTJAP consists of two pistons that operate between two solid disks, a piston connected to a disk and this with the engine, the other piston connected to another disk and east to a drive shaft. Each disc was placed bolts that can take different radios,with relatively small radius of the first disc while the second one is the maximum radius is here when it equals the conventional ...

DCD stands for Dynamic Cylinder Deactivation, the latest fuel saving technology for internal combustion engines. Traditional cylinder deactivation started in the 1970s, and has been verified and proven over 30 years. But it has never been made into an aftermarket retrofitting product until now.

DCD deactivates all the cylinders inside the engine alternatively, dynamically and in a way of keeping thermal balance and mechanical balance between cylinders while keeping best engine overall torque balance. As a result, all the cylinders inside the engine would be working in an intermittent mode, being activated and deactivated alternatively. It is totally different from traditional cylinder deactivation solutions that seal cylinder valves. DCD also makes engine displacement variable.

"DCD Controller" is an electronic ...

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