karoliina Posted December 14, 2004 Share Posted December 14, 2004 Hi, I have been thinking how the canard concept could be improved further. The latest material and engine developments might help to achieve something further from Cozy/Velo/etc. The latest material developments are interesting. There is a Finnish company called Nanolab systems which is specialized in carbon nanotubes. With nanotubes it could be possible to reduce the weight dramatically if compared to the traditional composite materials. The link to Nanolab systems is here: http://www.nanolabsystems.com/ Another interesting technology is emerging in the engine side. It is called Z-motor and invented in Finland. The Z-motor does has similar efficiency than a two-stroke engine but has the reliability of four stroke engine - it is a four stroke engine. It means achieving reliable high horse power with small weight, something that sounds great for an aircraft engine. Link to the Z-motor company Aumet Oy is here: http://www.aumet.fi/ As usual, the problem with this kind of things is the lack of funding and interest in the car industry. But how about aircraft industry? Sounds very interesting at least to me. I am having a image of a two place Cozy-variant which has flaps (Starship-like flaps), has stall speed of 62 km/h, weights 285 kg... Actually the Z-motor invention is a diesel engine, so it would use Jet-A1 instead. Alternatively how about six or eight place Cozy variant (home built) which would resemble Starship and would still weight just the same as the original Cozy...?? There are many possibilities the lighter weight could cause not to speak of the current design which could be propably made lighter even with the current materials by reducing weight carefully from places where it is not really needed. The carbon nanotube composites might not be very cheap at the moment, but it is not going to stay like that forever. They are coming sooner or later and then even carbon fiber can be considered as heavy material. Best Wishes, Karoliina Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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