Design and experimental results of small-scale rotary engines

Kelvin Fu, Aaron J. Knobloch, Fabian C. Martinez, David C. Walther, Carlos Fernandez-Pello, Al P. Pisano, Dorian Liepmann, Kenji Miyaska, Kaoru Maruta

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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The development of small-scale rotary engines fueled by liquid hydrocarbons was discussed. Power microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) have the capability to produce portable power generation systems with an order of magnitude higher energy density than common batteries. A test bench for the engine was developed and experiments conducted with gaseous-fueled mini-rotary engines to examine the effects of sealing, ignition, design and thermal management on efficiency. Testing of the mini-engine led to the conclusion that there are no fundamental phenomenon that may prevent the operation of micro-engines.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMicro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) - 2001
EditorsA.L. Lee, J. Simon, K. Breuer, S. Chen, R.S. Keynton, A. Malshe, J.-I. Mou, M. Dunn
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes
Event2001 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition - New York, NY, United States
Duration: 2001 Nov 112001 Nov 16

Publication series

NameAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Micro-Electromechanical Systems Division Publication (MEMS)


Other2001 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew York, NY

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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