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Quasi turbine is a zero vibration continuous combustion rotary engine

having four faces articulated rotor with a free and accessible centre rotating without
vibration nor dead time and producing a strong torque at low rpm under a variety of
modes and fuels. The quasi turbine is also an optimization theory for extremely
compact efficient engine concept.

It is a new engine concept from Canada which offers a design similar

to that of rotary engines but with the advantages of a gas turbine-all within the
confines of a chamber based on the shape of a Saint Hilaire skating rink profile.
Each Quasi turbine device is at the cross road of three modern engines: inspired by
the turbines: it perfects the piston, and improves on the Wankel. The Quasi turbine
results from a research initiated in 1993 aimed at unifying the compression and
power turbine into one entity. This invention is a new hybrid engine concept,
midway between the piston and the turbine engine which requires relatively few
components such as stator with covers, rotating blades, rocking carriages, wheels,
and joints. Quasi turbine is also an environmental friendly engine, which provides
an engine concept free from atmospheric gas pollution, noise pollution, thermal
pollution etc. In this engine efficiency stays constant and optimum no matter the
power of the unit.

Inventors: – Francoise, Gilles, Roxan

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Objective of this invention is to provide a new engine concept

unifying the compressor and power turbine into one entity that is a conventional gas
turbine engine. Another object of this invention is to provide a low noise, perfectly
balanced, zero vibration, low r.p.m engine, giving less time to compression and
expansion stroke and allowing more time and volume to the intake combustion

A further objective of this invention is to provide a fast accelerating,

zero dead time and to provide an engine almost universal to energy sources, which
can run efficiently on pneumatic, steam, hydraulic, liquid and gas fuel internal

Another objective is to provide an engine, which has a short pressure

peak, cold intake area characteristics, so that it is suitable for photo detonation
mode pure hydrogen fuel combustion.

Another objective is to provide a high weight and volume density

engine, without need of any valve, check valve or obstruction and within neither a
crankshaft nor a flywheel.

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The invention is an assembly of four carriages supporting the pivots of a four

element, variable shape rotor, which is confined within a chamber (internal housing
counter wall-stator) based on the shape of a Saint Hilaire skating rink profile. This
profile offers the rotary components of the engine a bigger, more uniform radial
path, enabling maximum torque to be reached more efficiently than a normal
combustion. Two lateral plane covers close the engine end. The rotor is composed
of four pivoting blades playing a similar role as the piston or turbine blades. Each

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pivots sit into one of the four rocking carriages. Each carriage is free to rotate
around the same pivot in such a way as to be continuously and precisely in contact
with housing counter. A central shaft is not needed for the engine to operate. It can
be driven through a set of coupling arms attached to the blades by means of traction
slots and through a set of arm braces, the ends of which are linked to central shaft.
The central shaft unit can be easily removed through the back cover central hold
with out dismantling the engine.

Pivoting blades are shaped with the filler tip to allow the control of
residual volume in the upper and lower chambers at maximum pressure
configuration. Carriage wheels should be wide to reduce contact pressure with the
counter wall. For smoother operation, roller bearings are inserted in the blade’s
hook pivots.

Intake, spark plug and exhaust ports are made either radially in the
housing, or axial in the side covers, or both. In order to pass along the flame make a
continuous combustion engine, a small channel(ignition flame transfer slot) located
along the internal housing counter wall next to spark plug allows a voluntary flow
back of hot gases into the next ready-to-fire combustion chamber. Screwing or
unscrewing the spark plug can control the amount of flow. This channel is called
ignition transfer cavity.

An ignition-timing advance can be built-in by slightly shifting the

effective position of spark plug and / or the channel.

To help cooling and reduce lubrication, at least one of the lateral side
covers has a large central hole exposing the pivoting blades to central area of the
rotor such that all parts of engine are external, except for the carriage and wheels
which are always in good thermal contact with the housing contour. Since the seals
are the only friction surfaces, the need of lubrication is minimized by an optimal
choice of anti-friction materials.

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The housing, the pivoting blades and the carriages can be made of
metal, glass, ceramic or plastic, the later mostly for compressor, pump or water-
hydraulic engine application.

In a photo-detonation engine because it employs a homogenous charge

and compression ignition, it is often described as a HCCI engine . HCCI
(Homogeneous charge Compression Ignition) combustion results in Virtually no
emissions and superior fuel efficiency. This is because photo detonating engines
completely combust the fuel, leaving behind no hydrocarbons to be treated by a
catalytic converter or simply expelled into the air.
The higher pressure required for Photo-detonation puts a significant
amount of stress on the engine itself. Piston engines can’t withstand the violent force of
the detonation. And traditional rotary engines such as the Wankel, which have longer
combustion chambers that limit the amount of compression they can achieve, are
incapable of producing the high- pressure environment necessary for Photo - detonation
to occur.
The Quasi turbine with carriages is strong enough and compact enough
to with stand the force of Photo-detonation and allow for the higher compression ratio
necessary for pressure - heated self-ignition

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70 HP 10cm 5cm
530 HP 25cm 10cm
4000 HP 53cm 20cm
33000 HP 1m 16inch
260000 HP 2m 82cm

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The simpler Quasi turbine model looks very much like a traditional
rotary engine: A rotor turns inside a nearly oval-shaped housing, Notice, however
that the Quasi turbine rotor has four elements instead of three. The sides of the
rotor seal against the sides of the housing, and the corners of the rotor seal against
the inner periphery, dividing it into four chambers.
In a piston engine, one complete four-stroke cycle produces two complete
revolutions of the cranks shaft. That means the power output of a piston engine is
half a power stroke per one piston revolution. A Quasi turbine engine, on the other
hand, doesn’t need pistons. Instead, the four strokes of a typical piston engine are
arranged sequentially round the oval housing. There’s no need for the cranks shaft to
perform the rotary conversion a in basic model, it’s very easy to see the four cycles
of internal combustion.
• Intake , which draws in a mixture of fuel and air
• Compression, which squeezes the fuel - air mixture into a smaller volume.
• Combustion , which uses a spark from a spark plug to ignite the fuel.
• Exhaust, which expels waste gases (the by-products) from the engine.
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In a Quasi turbine, as the rotor blade turn the volume of the chambers
change. First the volume increases, which allows the fuel air-mixture to expand.
Then the volume increases, which allows the fuel air-mixture to expand. Then the
volume decreases, which compresses the mixture into a smaller space.
It is also found that when one combustion stroke is ends then the next
combustion stroke is ready to fire. By making a small channel along the internal
housing wall next to the spark plug, a small amount of hot gas is allowed to flow back
to the next ready to - for combustion chamber when each of the carriage seals passes
over the channel. The result is continuous combustion, just like in the airplane gas

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What all this amounts to the Quasi turbine engine is increased efficiency and
performance. The four chambers produce two consecutive circuits. The first circuit
is used to compress and expand during combustion . The second is used to expel
exhaust and intake air, kin one revolution of the rotor, for power strokes are created.
That’s eight times more than a typical piston engine! Even a Wankel engine, which
produces three power strokes per rotor revolution, can’t match the performance of a
Quasi turbine .

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1. The Wankel engine uses a rigid three-face rotor with a crankshaft. The quasi
turbine uses a deformable four faces rotor without a Crankshaft.
2. The Wankel engine shaft turns at three times the rotor RPM. The quasi
Turbine rotor and main shaft turns at same RPM Speed.
3. The Wankel engine fires only once per revolution The quasi turbine fires 4
times per main shaft revolution, producing Exceptional torque continuity.
4. When the Wankel engine rotor goes from one T.D.C to next, the Torque
increases to a maximum value and starts decreasing right Away (progressive).
The torque generated by the quasi turbine gets rapidly to a plateau, and hold
this maximum for a long arc before decreasing, giving a better overall
mechanical energy conversion rate.
5. The Wankel engine has a dead time. The quasi turbine strokes are consecutive
with no dead time.
6. The Wankel engine can not be operated in diesel mode due to the excess
expansion volume which adiabatically cools down the combustion. Quasi turbine has
no excessive volume and can run in diesel Mode.
7. Due to its one single fire per shaft revolution and the dead time, the
Wankel engine needs a flywheel. Quasi turbine does not need a flywheel, and
consequently has faster acceleration.
8. Since the Wankel engine’s shaft rotates at three times its rotor speed, it is not
suitable for low rpm compressor or pumps. But quasi turbine is suitable for this.

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The conventional turbine is a continuous flow engine at intake and

exhaust. As the conventional turbine do not convert the pressure forces but rather
kinetic energy of rapid flows, it is then necessary to convert the pressure forces in
high speed flows by a channeling or by oriental expansion. This intermediatory
conversion is particularly complex. And in this case some of energy will be lost
mainly due to viscosity, turbulence, and some of thermal conduction of hot gases.

The conventional turbine is generally located where the flow is fastest.

Also a complete conversion of kinetic energy into mechanical energy is not
occurred in a conventional turbine. In many applications one has flow velocity near
the sound speed where any instability, impurity or condensate may damage the


As the conventional turbine, the quasi turbine is a continuously flow

engine at intake. And exhaust Quasi Turbine, which turns under the effect of static
forces and does not make use of hydro or aerodynamic flow properties.
Consequently Quasi Turbine converts the potential forces directly into mechanical
energy. Because the Quasi Turbine operates under the effect of static forces, it
cannot be damaged by saturated steam, by small impurities in the fluid flow.

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1. In I.C engine piston makes positive torque only 17% of the time and drag 83%
of the time. This is not the case in Quasi turbine.
2. In I.C engine gas flow is not unidirectional, but changes directions with the
piston direction. But in Quasi turbine it is unidirectional.
3. In I.C engine valve inertia being a serious limitation to the engine revolution.
In Quasi turbine there are no valves.
4. The duration of the piston rest time at top and bottom are without
necessarily too long in I.C engines. But it is not the case for Quasi turbine.
5. In I.C engine there is quite important noise level and vibration. But it is not
the case for Quasi turbine.
6. In I.C engines accessories like cam shaft uses a substantial power , but in
Quasi turbine there is no need of cams
7. In I.C engine lubricant is to be used as heat coolant, which require a
Cumbersome oil pan. But Quasi turbine requires no lubrication.

Number of expansions In
Volume of each every two revolutions
Piston4 strokes 50cc 1
Piston 2strokes 50cc 2
Wankel 4 strokes 50cc 6
Qurbine 4strokes 50cc 8
(Gasoline) 50cc 16

Qurbine 50cc 16

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1. Zero vibration

In quasi turbine, rotor rotates with a fixed centre of gravity and the
Engine is perfectly balanced so there is no chance of vibration.

2. Less noisy

For comparable power, the quasi turbine is much quieter than the
piston engines, since it splits each expansion into four per turn and evacuates the
gases more gradually and on a greater angular displacement

3. Less pollution

As the quasi turbine expansion starts quicker than in the other engines,
there will be less time for the NOx formation, and less transfer of heat to the engine

4. Continuous Combustion with lower temperature

Due to an earlier expansion than in he piston engines, initial energy is

immediately transferred in to mechanical energy without awaiting the middle of the
stroke as in the piston engines. This initial expansion cools immediately the
combustion gases, which have less time to transfer their heat to the engine block. So
continuous combustion is possible with lower temperature.

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5. Better torque continuity and Acceleration

The Quasi turbine has jointed torque impulses without the assistance
of a flywheel. This gives a better torque continuity for quasi turbine. Flywheel is the
main obstacle to engine acceleration. Since Quasi turbine has no fly wheel it gives
fast acceleration.

6. More effective conversion into Mechanical energy

For a better mechanical energy extraction, compression impulses

should be as short as possible. The Quasi turbine has this assymmetry by
compressing the mixture in a smaller angular zone and by using a greater angular
displacement for the expansion.

7. Not sensitive to detonation

Due to the earlier expansion process, quasi turbine reacts better to

photo detonation.

8. Compatible with Hydrogen

The Quasi turbine meets the fundamental criteria imposed by the

Hydrogen engine of the future (that is cold intake area, low sensibility to
detonation, less pollutant, robust and energy efficiency).

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1. Quasi turbine aviation

In a propeller airplane, weight reduction allows a larger payload, space

saving allows to reduce the aerodynamic drag, absence of vibration increases
instruments reliability and flight comfort, the noise reduction increases the
discretion level, the high torque allows the use of multi-blades propeller and the
better intake characteristic of the Quasi turbine allows higher flight altitude.

In a helicopter, a large diameter Quasi turbine could generate enough

torque to directly drive of the rotor blades without any gearbox, while making much
less noise.

So Considering the high power density, the low cross section area and
the exceptional intake characteristics of the Quasiturbine,
it is reasonable to expect to conceive an airplane engine

2. Quasi turbine Stirling engine

In the Quasi turbine Stirling, all the engine shell is pressurized with
helium, so that the inter-chambers leaks are automatically recycled by the central
region, and required only sealing of a turning shaft (comparatively to the sealing of
the back and forth piston connecting rods, unless sealed machines, which the Quasi
turbine also can be). The Stirling engines are also known to be large and heavy,
which the Quasi turbine-Stirling concept should solve.

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3. Quasi turbine pneumatic engine

Since the Quasi turbine is a pure expansion engine

(which the Wankel is not, neither most of other rotary engines),
it is well suitable as compressed fluid engine - Air engine or air motor.
The pneumatic engine does not show any vibration on the shaft.
It does run in heavy smoke or under water as well.

4. Quasi turbine racing car

Formula Quasi turbine is a proposal to develop and built of a racing

car using the new Quasi turbine. rotary engine. Because the Quasi turbine has a
much higher specific power density than the piston engine. A single Quasi turbine.
rotor of about 50cm in diameter and 20cm thickness could develop 1000 H.P. at
only 3000 rpm.

Absence of flywheel would allow much higher acceleration. It is

proposed to have the racing car with a differential clutch coupling (no gear box at
all). This would much improve the racing cars endurance.

5. Quasi turbine hydrogen engine model

A good way to store Hydrogen is to link it with carbon atom. Quasi

turbine prefers Hydrogen storage in Carbon molecules. This Hydrogen Carbon
molecule storage technique is safe and simple and has been appreciated by humans
for centuries under the name of Hydrocarbon fuels.

6. Quasi turbine pumps

Quasi turbine is a very compact and light device without Power

shaft, which allows to pump large volume. In the pump mode the Quasi turbine
has two intakes and two exits.

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For over 50 years, researches have been dreaming about the Perfect
engine, having uniform combustion, with a small combustion chamber (high
compression ratio). This is what the Quasi turbine does by producing much shorter
pressure pulses, and further more accepting photo-detonation.

Quasi turbine eliminates all the energy wastes occurring in piston and
Wankel engine and also it can satisfy modern engine criteria. The research is going
on to further improve and develop this highly innovative concept and for creating
commercially viable prototypes of Quasi turbine. In future we can see more
developments happening in the field of quasi turbine.

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