Cover: A Simple Heat Engine of Possible Utility in Primitive Environments

A Simple Heat Engine of Possible Utility in Primitive Environments

Published 1966

by R. B. Murrow


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This study recommends that the possibilities of a "drinking bird" heat engine be investigated to see if it can be further developed into a useful machine to solve the Egyptian low-water-lift problem or to perform other low-power-requirement tasks in primitive environments. The engine is described in considerable detail. Direct experiment has shown that it works on small scale and does so particularly well under the arid climatological conditions of Egypt and many other underdeveloped countries.

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