This is a concept I'm seriously trying to develop.
This is a Steam Turbine Electric Locomotive, the idea is to comletely remove the Desiel part of the equation. And replace it with steam.
Back during the late 1940's into the early 60's Railroads have exparimented with Turbine locomotives with only moderate success. It was proven that Turbine engines have higher horse power and performance, but couldn't withstand the constant pounding and abuse on the rails like their traditonal "Sid Rod" counter parts.
Even the smallest dirt and grim tore their workings to shreds. This is mainly because, I believe, a lack of technology and understanding of materials.
Today we have descovered new ways and techniques to engineer new and stronger, more durable materials. The turbine locomotives of the yesteryear I think were just too far ahead of their time. Now we can produce a turbine locomotive that not only can perform but endure what traditional locomotives do!
The oporation of my design is fairly simple. Like most steam locomotives it uses the concept of boiling water. The boiler in my design is a bit different, its a water tube type. That means that instead of having a large amount of water surounding smaller tubes of hot air, its the other way around.
The water would be in small tubes and hot air would suround them. Since there is "less" water to heat, it takes a shorter amount of time to produce the necessary amount of steam.
Then the steam is piped to a Turbine genorator, the steam spins a series of fan blades that produce electricity. The electric power is then sent to electric motors which in turn power the wheels. This is for a system that burns some type of fuel. I want my design to burn a clean feul such as Hydrogen or Ethenol. I'm not sure which to choose, which ever one is the cleaner burning one.
Another method of oporating this loco could possibly make it a "Fireless Cooker". Aka, an engine that doesn't burn anything! This idea functions like so. Take note of the large battery bank, it can provide power to an internal heating unit which can heat the water to produce steam, then the process is virtually the same as above. But this time not only does the genorator provide power to the wheels but also puts a "trickle charge" into the batteries. Essentialy its a self sustaining system.
Sorry for this being so long to read, in any case though, I hope you guys like it!!!
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