RESEARCH PAPERS: Internal Combustion Engines

Past Experiences With Automotive External Combustion Engines

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C. A. Amann

984 Satterlee Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 121(3), 546-550 (Jul 01, 1999) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2818507 History: Received July 01, 1996; Revised January 12, 1999; Online December 03, 2007


GMR (General Motors Research Laboratories, now GM R&D Center) has a history of improving the internal combustion engine, especially as it relates to automotive use. During the quarter century from 1950–75, considerable effort was devoted to evaluating alternative powerplants based on thermodynamic cycles different from those on which the established spark-ignition and diesel engines are founded. Two of these, the steam engine and the Stirling engine, incorporated external combustion. Research on those two alternatives is reviewed. Both were judged to fall short of current needs for commercial success as prime movers for conventional automotive vehicles.

Copyright © 1999 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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