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Libralato Engine Prototype

Objective

The Libralato rotary engine is a potential breakthrough technology, an “eco-engine” for the 21st century, with a new thermodynamic cycle and very different mechanical dynamics than is the case with conventional internal combustion engines. The project will investigate the design potential of the Libralato engine through an iterative cycle of simulation and modeling, prototype construction and test bed evaluation. The main claims made about the Libralato engine are:

1) Only 4 principal moving parts: leading rotor , following rotor, sliding connecting vane, rotating exhaust port - dynamically balanced with exceptionally low vibration.

2) New Libralato thermodynamic cycle based on gas exchange between three chamber interfaces.

3) Predicted 9% absolute efficiency increase (30% CO2 reduction relative to 30% efficient gasoline engine and 22% reduction relative to 40% efficient diesel engine).

4) Predicted 4% thermal efficiency increase due to asymmetrical compression and expansion volumes.

5) Predicted 5% mechanical efficiency increase due to rotary design - torque transferred directly to output shaft.

6) Predicted to exceed Euro 6 emission standards due to longer and more complete combustion phase, homogeneous type fuel air mixing, complete scavenge of residual exhaust gas and lower demand on after treatment.

7) Predicted 50% size and weight reduction due to rotary design (similar to Wankel).

8) Predicted 30% reduction in cost due to: reduced mass, elination of con-rods, crankshafts, valvetrains, camshafts etc and reduced manufacturing tolerances.

9) Predicted 50% reduction in noise due to rotary design and low velocity exhaust gas.

The consortium comprises 2 academic partners and 6 industrial partners plus an Industrial Advisory Group (Deutz AG, SMTC UK, JCB, Mahindra and BAE Systems) providing a balance of research expertise, SME business innovation skills and commercial exploitation capability.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/thermodynamics

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2010-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY
Address
Ashby Road
LE11 3TU Loughborough
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 546 044
Administrative Contact
Raymond Kent (Dr.)

Participants (8)

LIBRALATO LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 181 020
Address
Royce Road Hulme 153
M15 5TJ Manchester
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dan Aris (Mr.)
UNIVERSITATEA POLITEHNICA DIN BUCURESTI
Romania
EU contribution
€ 130 040
Address
Splaiul Independentei 313 Sect 6
060042 Bucharest
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mihaela Aurora Pana (Dr.)
ATARD SAVUNMA VE HAVACILIK SANAYI ILERI TEKNOLOJI UYGULAMALARI ARASTIRMA VE GELISTIRME A.S.
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 82 128
Address
Hadimkoy San Bir 5 Bolge 12 Cad No 106 Bolum 2/3 Buyukcekmece
34500 Istanbul
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Cem Sapmaz (Mr.)
DOLOMITI CAD SRL

Participation ended

Italy
Address
Via Camp Lonc Z.i.villapaiera 9/A
32032 Feltre (Bl)
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Costantino Vettorello (Mr.)
The Engine Consultancy Limited
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 189 300
Address
Westwood Avenue 37
WA15 6QF Altrincham
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gerry Moylan (Mr.)
CRITT M2A SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 152 240
Address
Rue Christophe Colomb
62700 Bruay La Buissiere
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jerome Bodelle (Mr.)
INFINEON TECHNOLOGIES AG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 203 042
Address
Am Campeon 1-15
85579 Neubiberg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mingxia Wu-Lutzenberger
TECHMACHINE SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 281 360
Address
Viale Della Vittoria 26/2
CAP31049 Valdobbiadene
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marta Nart (Ms.)