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Posted by Eeyore on June 7, 2009, 3:33 pm

residualselfimage1999@gmail.com wrote:

No, French + new Indian investor.

And they've been spamming the industry with it for about 12 years now saying
"production any time soon" all that time, whilst not ONE commercial example
has been built.

Compressed air is a lousy way to store energy ( do the physics ).


P.S. if you CAN'T do the physics DON'T talk shit about stuff you don't

due to the hugely increased level of spam please make the obvious adjustment
to my email address

Posted by residualselfimage1999 on June 8, 2009, 3:05 am
On Jun 7, 11:33am, Eeyore

I didn't realize that MDI had such a terrible reputation.

I do realize that compressed air  and steam isn't as efficient as
diesel ( one only has to remember that steam locomotive engines
were replaced by diesel locomotive engines long ago). Regardless,
whether a technology is inferior - it is still instructive  to look
at the MDI prototypes to see how a design might be approached
and how it might peform.   Often engineering failure unto itself
is a great segway to basic physics, too.

Most people lack even  the most fundamental
science and engineering background, but that
has not detered or stopped people from
buying and driving cars.  And while knowing
the physics might help the engineer design
a car - and it would be certainly useful in
determining fundamental questions of EF
issues - it is not necessary - given that
a vehicle's mpg would be tested and
published  before it could even go on sale.

Thus it seems to me your concerns for the
need to know the basic physics would
be limited to the risk that MDI maybe making
a fraudulent claim to its investors.  So
let me clarify then that my reference to MDI
should not be intepreted as an endorsement
of MDI as an investment.

Posted by robert bowman on June 5, 2009, 2:54 am
 Day Brown wrote:

There are safety problems with the higher pressures that can be reached, but
a water tube boiler is a lot faster out of the garage than the fire tube
boilers the Stanley Steamer used.  

Posted by Day Brown on June 6, 2009, 7:35 pm
 robert bowman wrote:

Lotsa responses going off on tangents, but no word on steam hybrids, so
I guess its not been tried. Cant figure why not.

Posted by vaughn on June 7, 2009, 1:07 pm

This should not be difficult for you to "figure out".  Steam hybrids haven't
been tried for the same reason that gunpowder-powered hybrids haven't been
tried!  So far anyhow (just like gunpowder engines), steam engines make
terrible auto engines.


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