February 18, 2016 - An Introduction to the Genesis Engine
I've had some time between academics the past year and a half or so to think about and begin my next project, the Genesis engine. I've spent a lot of time with turbocharger based engines the past four or five years and I've always wanted to design and build an engine that could actually have the potential for a legitimate purpose in the world, but if not at least be an interesting theory. I've talked before about my love for the turbine's efficiency and the incredible power to weight ratios in large scale, but they have never taken over at the small scale level, in part because of costs as they simply aren't standardized, but also the sound of the exhaust requires generally large mufflers or heat regeneration systems to justify the amount of heat produced. Another idea is there isn't really a small "low power" jet engine that can maintain a high efficiency with very low fuel consumption for lower power applications, aside from the micro chip turbines being looked into currently. I came across an idea I think may have applications for medium to small scale power systems. It is based on the axial flow jet engine design but with a serious twist, I haven't released much information about the engine's internal design, however I haven't seen one that quite resembles it. The goal here is essentially this; design and build and engine lighter, more powerful, and more efficient than current sized engines in it's field. Like I said before it's just a theory at the moment, but version 1 is nearing completion and testing begins soon after. This engine's theory in design has captivated me from its first concepts and if it does work, I'll be looking toward developing higher power but also more simple turbine power systems. Either way its been a lot of fun thus far and I can't wait to see what happens.