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Animated Engines

EnginesRick writes “Animated examples of many different types of internal combustion and heat engine along with an explanation of how they work. My favorite is the Wankel engine (The Wankel a triangular rotor incorporating a central ring gear is driven around a fixed pinion within an oblong chamber). Somehow it just shouldn’t work.” Link.

6 thoughts on “Animated Engines

  1. Yes, it is. Mazda has used the wankel engine in their entire RX series. The most successful being the turbo charged 3rd gen RX-7. The Wankel’s main benefit is its ability to utilize an RPM range only obtainable in high end race designed 4-stroke I.C.E.’s. Their only downfall is their lack of torque. This is why they are used in such lightweight cars.

  2. Having owned an RX-7, lack of torque isn’t strictly the ONLY downfall. While I love the design, there are behaviors that make it a quirky powerplant. (Emissions, Mileage, oil useage)

    Still, I luvum…and need to get my visible wankle model finished so I can have it out on display.

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