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Fuel Efficiency
John Robertson
The Rand Cam Engine
Thursday, 25 December 2008
Seals, Seals and Seals
Mood:  incredulous
Topic: RadMax

Bah Humbug....

I hate this time of the year

I was leafing through the press releases and came across the Regtech announcement of the hiring of Paul L Porter as Chief Engineer.  I guess the other one couldn't deliver the goods.

Rob from Radian is high on him stating Paul has "tremendous metal seal expertise"...

It took Mazda $17 million in 1970 dollars to complete the Wankel engine and it was the seals that gave them the most problem.  Even today if you look at the primary cause of Mazda Wankel failures - apex seals.

Of course Mazda was using the Edison development methodology, ie try every available material and go through them one at a time. 

Jim used low quality iron in Pakistan, higher quality iron in Canada, RadMax used M2 Tool Steel for the seals and all failed.  M2 Tool Steel is awesome material and can't understand how that didn't work...:)

I tend to take the Tesla approach and simulate the invention in the mind and when you build it, viola it runs the first time around.  The brain is most powerful computer on the planet and I would put money on it instead of the high priced computer aided engineering software such as COSMOS. (Paul is going to use it)  And I am not a betting man, I only put money on a sure thing.  Bet the ranch baby...Money mouth

Radian MILPARTS P/N: 10321
Name: Vane Seal
Description: Seals Between Rotor and Vane
Material: M2 Tool Steel
Mat’l Spec: ASTM A597
Dimensions: 1.60 x 0.099
Unit Weight: 0.004 lb.
Quantity/Assembly: 48

Radian Vane Seals

Radian MILPARTS P/N: 10311
Name: Vane
Description: Axially Movable Plates
Material: M2 Tool Steel
Mat’l Spec: ASTM A597
Dimensions: 2.270 x 0.25
Unit Weight: 0.37 lb.
Quantity/Assembly: 12

Radian Vanes

Posted by sharpshooter6543210 at 9:27 PM PST
Updated: Thursday, 25 December 2008 9:56 PM PST
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