Speed. And the thrill that comes along with it. There are few joys in life that perhaps can’t be painted in enough words.
But imagine what were to happen if the Jet-engine tech were to get transferred to modern-day cars?
Believe it or not, the above isn’t some random figment of the imagination. Among the noted American universities, Indiana’s Purdue University is doing research to adapt the pre-chamber technology used in jet engines so that the same could be applied to cars and other road vehicles.
Now to some of us, this may seem rather abstract. But, with aspects like global warming and climate change no longer restricted to being just ominous threats on a decorated PowerPoint but real, existential problems of our time, an increased impetus is being given to promote alternatively-fuelled vehicles.
Hence, the research by the American university is stemming from the concept to promote the growth of alternatively fuelled vehicles.
But let’s come to the important point. How does the pre-chamber technology work, after all? In order to create combustion to power the machine, the pre-chambers are filled with air and fuel. Once the ignition takes place, myriad mini-holes located at the bottom of the chamber release hot combustion.
The end result is powerful jets that upon penetrating the main chamber, cause ignition.
But where the research stands, then the university maintains that passive and active pre-chambers are being considered. Not every university is decked with the infrastructure and apparatus needed to indulge in cutting edge automotive technology research and perhaps that is where the Purdue university stands apart.
Elaborating on its current endeavor, Ms.Li Qiao, an associate professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics with Purdue’s College of Engineering stated, “There’s great potential at Purdue for research into automotive technology and the engines for the future!”
Stating further that the current technology that her team is working on at the moment has already been used in some F1 racing cars goes onto show the mechanism’s superior performance.
That said the technology is relatively new to petrol engines.
At a time where there’s no dearth in the significant investments being made to push electric cars, there’s some pressure being built on the automotive industry to further optimize the engines.
And the above explains why several automobile brands have begun exploring the pre-chamber technology for the cars, in a bid to stay ahead in the game.