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Old 12-27-2005, 07:32 PM   #1
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This looks interesting:
http://www.smartplugs.com/about.htm

Coverage on NASA site:
http://sbir.gsfc.nasa.gov/SBIR/successes/ss/3-097text.html

Another link:
http://www.techbriefs.com/spinoff/spinoff2001/t1.html
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Old 12-27-2005, 07:42 PM   #2
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What the hell? Haha, that's

What the hell? Haha, that's really neat sounding, I must say. Too bad they're not for sale now though, so we can't test them out.
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Old 12-29-2005, 11:10 AM   #3
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Their web site says they are gearing up for mass production. Perhaps you will get your chance soon.

Could someone who knows the technical aspects of diesel versus gasoline engine efficiency comment on the possible benefits of this product?
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Old 12-29-2005, 11:21 AM   #4
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Well, from what I understand

Well, from what I understand about diesel engines, they do not use spark plugs, they use the pressure of the engine inside the cylinder then the piston comes up to create heat and explode the mixture. But I dunno enough to comment much more about that basic function.
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Old 01-01-2006, 08:58 PM   #5
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no spark plugs

Since the SmartPlugs work on the same principle as diesel (no spark) I thought they might add some efficiency. At the least, they should create less drag on the engine since they don't draw electricity when warmed up. If you follow all the links on their web site they have a page where they mention that their plugs can ignite a mixture of 50% alcohol and 50% water (there's your water injection system). Maybe the big advantage would be the ability to burn junk fuel.
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