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Bikes, Planes, and Cars all powered by Rotary engines.

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Simple and effective concepts are the best. The rotary engine is a great example.

Used in airplanes,motorcycles, and cars; the rotary engine was a stable powerplant for vehicles around the world.

The idea is straightforward. No fixed rotating crankshaft as with the radial engine, the crankshaft remains stationary and the entire cylinder block rotates around it.

They are easy to see in old aircraft because the crankshaft is fixed directly to an aircraft frame, and the propeller simply bolted onto the front of the cylinder block.

Basically a big gyroscope, the flywheel effect of the rotating engine mass could produce smooth power.

An interesting fact is that most rotary engines were built with an odd number of pistons.

Early used in aircraft, the rotary engine was used in most aircraft in the early 1900's. The were great air-cooled engines.

Because of the gyroscopic effect, it could sometimes make it more difficult to turn an aircraft. It was easy to go left, not so easy to go right.

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corsa
May 6, 2008 at 11:34 am
At first I was confused when I read this, with the talk of cylinders and pistons and stuff. I didn't realize there was another type of rotary engine besides the (pistonless) Wankel rotary engine. A quick check of Wikipedia cleared it up for me. I learned something today!

BTW, here is the Wikipedia entry that cleared it up for me:

[url]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotary_engine[/url]
 
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mohrt
May 6, 2008 at 10:03 am
Rotary engines are awesome. 3 moving parts, as opposed to 60+ in a typical V8. There is nothing quite like the sound and feel of a rotary powered vehicle. I might be a bit biased though. smile image
 
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GoldyLocks
May 6, 2008 at 8:16 am
This guy has the engine in his bike lateral, I wonder if that makes it go forward for the gyroscope effect?
 
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GoldyLocks
May 6, 2008 at 4:50 am
Awesome. I always love to see the old movies with the rotary engine on an old plane.
 

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