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Basically a radiator driving a turbine while the turbine that drives a generator and the generator that drives...

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When coupled to a parent device, it will take the normally wasted radiant heat and use it to build pressure inside a closed loop. The water pressure will climb as heat and time increases. its a miniature radiator driving a turbine.

Inside a closed loop, radiant heat will increase water pressure that drives the turbine faster and faster.  As turbine speed is increased, it receives torque multiplication from its 2.5:1 pulley drive. When the turbine drives the generator, it does so faster and with less effort from the turbine as opposed to a direct drive. 


Housing for the turbine assembly

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A picture is worth a thousand words

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Current assembly for the turbine

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Turbine-housing plate.ipt

turbine housing covers

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The actual turbine.

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  • 1 × Turbine assembly
  • 1 × Radiator assembly
  • 2 × 2 ft brake lines
  • 1 × Pulley Assembly
  • 1 × Generator assembly

  • Extra pieces

    Ryan Garibay07/16/2018 at 01:49 0 comments

    i had some issues when writing the instructions for assembly. Mostly, I didn't really think about how to explain it to someone else. writing them was actually helpful in finding some of the would be design flaws before manufacturing. Although more than likely i would catch them during manufacturing and forget to update the design. i have found that my cad skills are not always up to scratch and am a bit of a neophyte when it comes to electronics, but my machine shop experience has been enough for now.

  • Safety

    Ryan Garibay07/11/2018 at 01:21 0 comments

    one of the problems that plaguing hot rods everywhere is overheating. when an engine passes the radiators ideal operating temperatures, they are known to overflow. and if the system isn't equipped with the proper radiator cap to allow for overflow; kaboom. both for efficiency and for operator safety, we decided to include a blow off valve. if the water temperature reaches the brake lines unhappy place( point of failure), the seals or even the lines themselves will burst. or simply get too hot to further collect heat. Either way not good.      

  • Version 2

    Ryan Garibay06/21/2018 at 05:01 0 comments

    Next i thought about modern power plants. While nuclear plants are out of commission, one thing caught my interest. they used the heat from uranium boil water that drove the turbine. Since i don't have any uranium laying around, i had to look to another source of inspiration, cars. Car radiators are meant to hold pressure, meaning hot water builds pressure, so i thought i could use the radiant heat from whatever device this is coupled to; to drive the turbine.

  • Version 1

    Ryan Garibay06/21/2018 at 04:56 0 comments

    My first idea was to use a flywheel system that alternated between charging batteries and spinning up the flywheel. by my best estimates it could only extend a battery 30 minutes or so. however this number changed drastically with its load.

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  • 1
    turbine housing

    Press the rear plate into the main housing until the surfaces are flush. press correct bearing into plate.

  • 2

    to assemble turbine, press o ring into 3rd slot onto the input shaft. then drop turbine onto input shaft followed by another o ring.

  • 3
    turbine housing cont.

    press front turbine plate into turbine housing. followed by a bearing and a o ring in the 1st and 4th slot.

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