Chapter 1. Why Ceramic Engines?
- William Smothers
Published Online: 28 MAR 2008
Copyright © 1984 The American Ceramic Society
Proceedings of the 12th Automative Materials Conference: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 5, Issue 5/6
How to Cite
Stadler, H. L. (1984) Why Ceramic Engines?, in Proceedings of the 12th Automative Materials Conference: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 5, Issue 5/6 (ed W. Smothers), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470320211.ch1
- Published Online: 28 MAR 2008
- Published Print: 1 JAN 1984
Print ISBN: 9780470374108
Online ISBN: 9780470320211
Oil is still a problem for the U.S. and its allies. Transportation uses 61 % of US. oil and its share is increasing, so more efficient technology should be concentrated there. Trucks' share of oil use is increasing because they are already much more efficient than autos. The primary truck opportunities are streamlining, more efficient engines, and shifting freight to railroads. More efficient engines are possible using ceramics to allow elimination of cooling systems and better use of waste exhaust heat. A 60% improvement seems possible if ceramics can be made tough enough and durable enough.