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1. (WO2017058959) FULLY FLEXIBLE, SELF-OPTIMIZING, DIGITAL HYDRAULIC ENGINES AND METHODS WITH PREHEAT

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/058959    International Application No.:    PCT/US2016/054248
Publication Date: Fri Apr 07 01:59:59 CEST 2017 International Filing Date: Thu Sep 29 01:59:59 CEST 2016
IPC: F02B 1/12
F02B 3/06
F02D 41/30
Applicants: STURMAN DIGITAL SYSTEMS, LLC
Inventors: STURMAN, Oded Eddie
Title: FULLY FLEXIBLE, SELF-OPTIMIZING, DIGITAL HYDRAULIC ENGINES AND METHODS WITH PREHEAT
Abstract:
The engines include compression cylinders, combustion cylinders, an air rail, and a heat exchanger. The methods of operating a compression ignition engine include taking air into a compression cylinder of the engine, compressing the air in the compression cylinder to raise the pressure and temperature of the air, passing the compressed air through a heat exchanger, and from the heat exchanger into a combustion cylinder, further compressing the compressed air during a compression stroke of the combustion cylinder, igniting fuel in the combustion cylinder at or near the end of the compression stroke by compression ignition, followed by a power stroke, and opening an exhaust valve at the end of the power stroke and passing at least some of the exhaust in the combustion cylinder through the heat exchanger to heat air that has been compressed in the compression cylinder and is then passing through the heat exchanger.