Post by arnoldwalker on Aug 28, 2015 10:18:04 GMT -5
Actually that is what a variable pitch propeller is doing and if you have a free turbine you don't need a torque convertor because it is already built in.Continuous variable would be the best option with the transmission...be it belt,chain or hydraulic.Some of the first Ford Freestyle station wagons were chian for two wheel drive and hyraulic for 4wheel. If you used a automatic transmission you would go by the rod shop get a high stall convertor for drag racing so you would not ride the brake at the redlights and adjust turbine to fast idle just below the stall point.Once you have done that you start getting 6ft lbs per horse instead of 1.5 like on a gas engine. As to the battery and stuff, light plants go to combined cycle for same reason you give....steam expands at 6times the speed of sound.Just "touch" faster than air in a gas turbine.In the early days, many military aircraft used water injectors because steam delivered the same hp. with half the heat of air.It was like adding nitro in a AA dragster.At the same time in single pass like water injection you boil up enough water to equal half your fuel capacity in 10minute developing double horsepower of straight air.like actually happened on the B52..gee I wonder why range doubled when they finally got improved engines. Getting a little long winded even for a retired aircraft mechanic that worked on both aircraft and racers.
I would LOVE an automatic transmission, dream about that with a paddle shifter system. The only problem I have is my rear mounted engine and the transaxle in front of it. Where do I find an automatic that works that direction?
Are there any 150hp-400hp free turbines available?