The 'Airgulper' Concept
Inject Air into an Insulated Tank Instead of Compressing It!
His drawing, that inspired me to design a shape to compliment his concept, can be found at this following site. http://www.aircarac
Scott's example of placing his ideas into the public domain instead of patenting them, is spurring me on to do the same with my further evolution of his work. So, I am placing this drawing here for anyone to study it and email me back with your critique.
My contribution is in giving the high-pressure jet of air some place to go to to get out of the way of the low-pressure air that is getting sucked in! That is, the high pressure air would be out of the way for a longer interval while it is trapped inside of the scrolling shaped valvular conduits!
In other words, it 'steps aside' for a longer duration, so that more low pressure air can enter into the tank per interval. The scrolling shape's proportion is in keeping with the shape of the Nautilus seashell, or, as it is called, the Golden Section ratio.
These one-way 'air scoops' momentarily compress air toward the center of the scrolling assembly. They act similar to the 'valvular conduit' that Tesla invented for his 'powerhouse in a hat' bladed disc turbine. http://www.tfcbooks.com/patents/valvular.htm
Moreover, a 'quick-release' mechanism then separates the low pressure filler hose from a full, insulated tank. A conveyor belt then moves the next tank into place to be pressurized, and so on.
Each carbon fiber-wound, spherical tank would hold between 5,000 - 10,000 psi. (Scuba tanks presently hold 4,500 psi.) Compressed air vehicles could come by and swap out empty tanks for full ones, in less than 5 minutes.
The solar heat is contained by using an insulated 'tank injection system', this could double the traveling range.
Insulate each and every high-pressure tank with its built-in compressor/injector system. Why? Because of the First Law of Thermodynamics. 80-93% of the air being compressed by 'modern' methods goes up as heat to the ambient air!
If people are stopping by to replace their empty air tanks as often as they may fill up with gasoline, then it makes sense to retain as much heat in the compression process as possible!
The compressed air tank then would become similar to a pressure cooker! The insulated tank that the air's being compressed into will contain the pressure level for a longer period of time. Use it right away and it takes you farther down the road!
Then, when people drive their compressed air cars, the extremely cold exhaust from their tail pipes (-50 to -75F) then cycles through a heat exchanger radiator which pulls in the solar heat right out of the ambient air! A Triple-stage expansion air engine in the French Locomotives ran this way at the turn of the century:
Personally, I do not agree with the concept of compressing air into a giant salt cavern, as shown on this website. Why? Because the cold cavern walls will suck away all of the heat from the compressing process, thus making the overall energy storage very inefficient!
I have been in communication with Scott Robertson over the past year. As you can see on his website, he has a wealth of knowledge concerning compressed air technology over the past century.
I have studied, printed-out and spiral-bound much of what can be found at his Air Car Encyclopedia page:
The drawing above is of a device that was used in driving pulsejets. It demonstrates the 'Kadenacy Effect' that inspired the spiraling 'Valvular Conduit idea in my drawing.