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Steam engine?
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deadcarp    Posted 08-24-2004 at 01:13:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
My cousin tends to make outlandish-sounding statements, but he's usually right so i'm going easy this time. Well he claims that almost any engine COULD be converted to run on steam. Boy i'll have to think about that. Drives my mind right back to basics - pressures, cooling things, lubrication, corrosion, handling moisture etc. Hmmmmm. :)

Red Dave    Posted 08-24-2004 at 05:28:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
He's probably right. Anything that puts enough pressure on a piston will move it in the cylinder.

You would have to change the cam though, a steam engine would have no use for a compression stroke.
From experience, I can tell you that timing a reciprocating steam engine can be tricky.

Bkeepr    Posted 08-24-2004 at 05:05:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thinking aboutit as a mechanical engineer, I'd say "maybe" or "probably." While possible, it wouldn't be easy...I'm always skeptical of absolute words like "always" and "any."

But speaking as a guy who likes riddles and word games, I'd say absolutely right. I've heard of government project managers skirt rules that allow them to "rebuild" existing systems but not "design new" ones by claiming to rebuild something when keeping just one minor original component and replacing everything else. Same logic applies here...if I keep a crankshaft and piston and replace everything else, aren't I just making a conversion?

just thinking out loud...
Tom A

Bob/Ont    Posted 08-24-2004 at 05:55:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tom you are starting to sound like a devious servant of the public with fists full of TAX $$$ to spend.
Later Bob

ha ha ha!!    Posted 08-24-2004 at 09:53:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Bob:

I only said I had "heard of" guys doing that, I never said I'd done it myself!


Texas    Posted 08-24-2004 at 03:50:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hmmm .......any engine with a rotary crank or integral crank and pistons could conceivably be converted to a steam engine. I wouldnt use anything with aluminum heads though or with piston liners.

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