rotary engines--how do they work?


Asked by Sep 18, 2009 at 11:30 PM

Question type: General

In the Mazda Concept Car--how to the rotary engines differ from the standard engine? What makes them more affective? How do you fix them?

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For starters your average internal combustion engine has a series of combustion chambers that are cylindrical in shape and use pistons to harness the energy released in combustion. In a rotary engine there are no cylinders, instead each combustion chamber has a rotor. The rotor is triangular in basic shape and directly turns the crankshaft. For a more detailed explanation check out this link Rotary's are very popular due to the immense amount of power they create from a much smaller displacement than a traditional piston engine, however; this comes at the price of reduced fuel efficiency.


A novelty engine that made it to 2011! time will tell.. I did enjoy the old RX-7 turbos fun till they self destructed. 2016 Resurrection? this concept has no chance with the EPA regulations. Ann Arbor,MI

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