Date of Award
Master of Science in Engineering
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering
Dr. Richard B. Hathaway
Dr. Jerry Hamelink
Dr. Bade Shrestha
Masters Thesis-Open Access
This research entails examining the Hopkins Rotor Mechanism (HRM) for the perspective of commercial viability. Factors that were studied herein include basic operating characteristics, combustion effects, dimensional changes and behaviors unique to the HRM that may impose limits to commercial viability were also examined.
To compare specific characteristics of the HRM engine, in a comparable four-stroke mode, hypothetical 200, 400 and 600 cubic centimeter (cc) single cylinder reciprocating engines, each with compression ratio of 10, 15 and 20 were used as a basis for comparison. For similar outputs this resulted in the use of a 100, 200, 300 cc HRM configuration each with compression ratio of 10, 15 and 20. The geometric variables and combustion variables of The HRM combustion chamber is analyzed and compared with the baseline reciprocating engine.
Arumugam, Sathyanarayanan, "Analysis of Combustion Chamber Design Variables in Planetary Rotary Engine" (2004). Masters Theses. 4844.