Category: Engines

What future is there in DC motors?

One of the websites I like to visit is GasBuddy.com because it allows vehicle drivers to be able to find the lowest price of gas in their area. Sometimes this might be near where they live or it might be where they are traveling. In either case this is a good example of providing a needed service to a select set of individuals. It appears based on the Advertising page that GasBuddy has over 22,000,000 drivers per month reporting gas prices throughout the U.S. and Canada.

One of the most fascinating parts of the website is the section where those that have signed up with GasBuddy are able to find and post articles generally related to gas prices, what causes gas prices to go up or down, the latest in pipelines, oil troubles, and cars. You have to be a member to get to the forums, however, you can hit the GasBuddy blog and still learn quite a bit gas prices, the worst drivers in the U.S., miles per gallon studies and the like.

One of the auto companies that is talked about a lot in the forums and on the GasBuddy blog is General Motors (GM). How does all this relate to DC motors? Well, just today, April 8, 2014, “GM announced that it plans to invest $449 million in upgrades and technological advancements at the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly (D-HAM) Plant and Brownstown Battery Assembly Plant.” All of the DC motors on the Motors Are Fun website use batteries to provide the power to make the motors move. This article talks about how GM manufactures five vehicles from three brands on the same assembly line. Three of the cars, Chevrolet Volt, the Cadillac ELR, and the Opel Ampera, are electric vehicles. So, how does all this relate to DC motors? What you are learning on the Motors Are Fun website can be directly applied to electric vehicles and batteries – there is a future, a good future for those that want to invest their time and learning into STEM subjects.

 

Quote for the Day:  “If you wait until the wind and the weather are just right, you will never plant anything and never harvest anything.” — Ecclesiastes 11:4

Serious horsepower in monster engines

Blogs are a bunch of fun. You get the opportunity to help educate children and adults in whatever topic the blog represents. Today, I’d like to introduce a link to a website that has some very interesting engines. Wikipedia defines “an engine or motor as a machine designed to convert energy into useful mechanical motion.” The engines you will see burn fuel to create heat. The heat, through a series of processes, creates motion. This is different than the DC motors that are featured on this site that convert electricity into mechanical motion.

When you hit the link below you will be taken to a site that has ship engines. As a matter of fact you will find seven “Monster Engine Designs.” Actually, I counted six engines and the seventh engine shown is part of a contest to identify the name of that final engine. Notice how large the engine is – you can tell how large the engine is from the size of the man standing on the platform.

Well, here is the link, enjoy seeing and reading about some of the largest engines on the earth.

 

Quote for the Day : “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”– Abraham Lincoln