The Fuel-Efficient IRIS Engine

The energy-efficient IRIS engine

The fuel-efficient IRIS engine works by expanding and contracting six "chordons" (visible in front of this image) like the iris of an eye or the shutter of a camera.

The internal combustion engine (ICE) has been around for a long time. The basic ICE design was developed by Nikolaus Otto and Gottlieb Daimler in the 1870’s and 1880’s and it was a breakthrough in terms of engine design. Its operation was very inefficient though that only 20 to 30 percent of the fuel is converted into kinetic (motion) energy. The rest is mostly lost as heat.

Levi Tillemann-Dick and his brother Corban wishes to change that by bringing to market a new radically designed fuel-efficient engine called the IRIS engine which stands for Internally Radiating Impulse Structure. They developed this design with their late father, inventor and businessman Timber Dick. This design could increase efficiency over 40%.

I’m no mechanical engineer but, being a machine electro-mechanic, I do have experience with mechanical things. I was quite interested when I first saw the image above and I really hope to see a real one in action. If you want more information go visit their official website. You may also view an animation of the engine at work in the video below:


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