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Members Report - Cedric
Cedric was introduced to ASTRO by ex-member Leon, who used to work for Tandys, about six years ago. The two met when Cedric went to the shop Leon worked in at that time to buy magnets for one of his projects with the result of the ensuing conversation being that Cedric has been coming to ASTRO meetings ever since. Cedric's experiments have concentrated on electrical/magnetic designs with most of his information coming from the ASTRO group and newsletter. Now retired, Cedric began his working career as a "Fitter and Turner" and then became a foremen at a large engineering firm here in Adelaide. This experience has served him well for building his projects, particularly his variations of motors and generators. Cedric's experiments also involve some electrical and electronic circuits, the theory of which he has taught himself. Cedric has worked on a lot of projects over many years with the main ones being presented below.
Image # 1 Bedini motor/generator
Image # 2 Bedini motor/generator
Bedini motor/generator: (Pics 1&2) This has been Cedric's main project for many years. In it's present form the 12 volt driving motor is powered from a battery that is charged at this stage from a solar panel. The generator consists of two magnets on a disc that rotate past six coils connected in series to produce an output of about 4 volts. There is also a steel flywheel on the driving shaft to smooth out the rotation of the machine. The next stage of this project is a switching controller to pulse control the motor in the search for more efficiency. Cedric has come close to over-unity with this machine during some tests and aims to eventually be able to run the motor from it's own generator, with some extra power left over.
Hans Coler energy collector: (Pic 3) Cedric has built an excellent example of this device purely from the information that appeared in the ASTRO newsletter Vol.6 No.3. He has not been able to get it working at this stage, but since then I have given him information with more detail in it so he may have a better shot at getting it working.
Top Left Image # 3 ~Hans Coler energy collector.
Top Right Image # 4 ~Adams motor.
Middle Left Image # 5 ~Solar motor.
Middle Right Image # 6 ~Magnet motor.
Bottom Left Image # 7 ~Hendershot generator.
Adams motor: (Pic 4) Cedric, like a few others in the group has had an attempt at the Adams motor without success. As can be seen in the photograph, the magnets have been removed for other projects.
Tate energy collector: Cedric built one of these electronic energy collector devices built from a circuit containing a number of diodes and capacitors. This unit did produce a voltage but as Cedric put it, "nothing spectacular".
Solar motor: (Pic 5) This is a little motor which although not in the realms of free energy is all the same very interesting in it's concept. It consists of a coil wound on a "D" section lamination connected to a miniature solar cell for power. Above the cell and protruding into the centre of the coil laminations, is a perspex disc, half of which is clear and half painted black, so that as it rotates, the solar cell is switched on and off, once for each revolution. There is a ½ inch wide strip of metal fixed to a section of the painted half so that as the power is turned on by light hitting the solar cell, the metal is attracted by the flux generated in the coil and continues the rotation of the motor. Simple but clever!
Magnet motor: (Pic 6) This was also constructed from information in an ASTRO newsletter. It consists of three wheels fitted to shafts which are geared to keep the rotating sequence correct for each wheel in relation to the other wheels. A starter magnet is also used to get the whole thing going. Cedric could not get it to work and this is the reason that in the photograph the magnets have been removed for other experiments.
Gravity Gate experiment: This experiment was constructed from information which appeared in the ASTRO newsletter Vol.6 No.2. It consists of a metal disc which rotates between the poles of two C shaped magnets. There are coils wound on each magnet, the ends of which are connected via brushes to the outside edge of the disc and to the centre axle. If rotated fast enough, the theory is that it forms a "gravity Gate" and becomes self perpetuating.
Hendershot generator: (Pic 7) Cedric has just begun construction of this generator. The photograph shows one of the two basketweave coils he has wound. These coils are a real labour of love as they are not easy to construct.
Cedric's aims are to achieve over-unity with the Bedini generator and to get the Hendershot generator working. As can be seen from this report, Cedric is a prolific builder of projects and does an excellent job of them as well. Even though he has not as yet had the success he has hoped for in his experiments, Cedric has presented several of his projects at ASTRO meetings, something which should be encouraged for other members to emulate. Congratulations Cedric on doing a great job!
In this final article I will present some helpful hints on how to get the best out of your system, assuming somebody actually decides to try it!
In September's circuit diagram, the electronics were shown as directly operating the fuel and air solenoids. What I have done is to connect changeover relays in their place. This then gives one contact that opens while another one closes at each operating point. This makes the system much more versatile and can be used for anything that your imagination dreams up. I have done variations of this circuit for other club members to operate temperature controlled water injection systems, etc. Another use for this circuit would be for anyone trying hydrogen supplementation using electrolysis, switching the H2 off when the vehicle is coasting. A Victorian experimenter coasted down an extremely long hill several years ago and when he got to the bottom and hit the accelerator, the build up of H2 in the inlet manifold exploded destroying the carburetor and putting a dent in the bonnet.
To get the most out of your system
as described in part and adjust to get the most 1, firstly install
the carburetor enhancer vacuum you can into the float bowl consistent
with no dead spots when acceleratingyour idle mixture, preferably
. Then adjust using a mixture will initially be rich.) Read "Colourtune"
for accuracy. (You will find that once the enhancer is installed
the idle George Wiseman's book on the "Carburetor Enhancer"
for full details.
When fitting the coil of copper around the exhaust, be aware that some exhaust manifolds have been known to crack with the extra heat. One example of this has been a Range Rover that had a coil fitted. My particular car has not had a problem at all. The pipe up to the inlet manifold must also be insulated all the way to retain the heat. Have a short length of Teflon hose connecting it to the manifold to remove any vibration and possible cracking of the copper. Do not use any other hose as the heat will harden it and it will crack open in a very short time, causing the motor to suck excess air and run very lean. You will know if this happens as your car will not idle and will stall.
left: Electronic control box as installed. (it has been
there a while!)
Top centre: Carburetor enhancer. (shows pipe into the float bowl vent)
Top right: Insulated exhaust manifold. (heats the air via the copper pipe)
Bottom left: New version electronic control box. (same electronics, easier connection)
Bottom right: Display unit. (goes inside the vehicle to show how the unit is operating)
The electronic control box must also be adjusted to give maximum performance, although the ones that Nu-Tech sell have been set up to operate at 16 inches and 22 inches of vacuum and cut back in at 1200 rpm. Basically, at light throttle settings, above 16 inches manifold vacuum, I have found that as it is sucking in more hot air, the mixture actually becomes rich, so this setting lets in more air. This may vary from engine to engine so if you are installing one of these, it would be best to check what is happening in your engine. An acceptable way of checking the mixture is to operate the engine in the range that you want to check for 30 seconds or so and then switch the engine off and depress the clutch at the same time. Coast to a stop, remove a spark plug and inspect it to see whether the engine is running rich or lean or correctly. Obviously this must be done in a safe environment! Getting this setting correct will maximise the economy for light throttle settings. The fuel cut off point which is set to operate at 22 inches of vacuum, if set too coarsely can cause the car to hunt as you touch the accelerator when coasting. If this happens adjust the trimmer control to increase the operate point to a higher vacuum setting, remembering that if you adjust it too far, it will not turn off at all.
The total system, as mentioned in part 1 is sensitive to air temperature, being much more efficient on warm days. In an attempt to overcome this, I have tried heating all the air that enters the engine through the air cleaner but I did not find any improvement at all, but did find that it did cause severe pinging on hot days so I removed it. Another possible solution which I have not tried is to heat the fuel using another of George Wiseman's ideas of using the hot water from the vehicle's cooling system in a heat exchanger. The water is passed through a thermostat arrangement so that the fuel is only heated when it is cold and not when it is hot which could cause vaporisation problems in the carburetor itself. This vaporisation problem is the reason that so far I have only added heat to the fuel mixture after the carburetor.
I have added one more modification to my vehicle since the last article. I replaced the electric fuel pump and since then have had problems with the float level staying stable. I have done the obvious, checked the fuel pressure and replaced the needle and seat in the carburetor. (with the best and most expensive available) This problem showed up when the car was on overrun in that the fuel computer normally goes to it's maximum reading of 999 mpg and then goes to 00. However it would go to 00, then read random figures of 60, 80, 120, etc., showing me that fuel was leaking into the engine. Finally in desperation I have connected the fuel pump up to the relay that controls the fuel solenoid on the engine so that on overrun it turns the pump off as well. It has solved the problem with the computer now reading 00 within the 2 second update time every time the car goes into coast mode.
Finally, a warning not to run your engine too lean as this gives less power to the engine, so you put your foot down harder on the accelerator and you use more fuel, not to mention the risk of damaging you engine's internals. To get the maximum fuel economy from your vehicle there are simple things you can do like keep the tyres pumped up, take off wind dragging roof racks, don't carry extra weight in unwanted items around in your car , and keep your engine tuned and well maintained. I have also found that using a Teflon based additive (Australian made Autoeeze) has reduced the internal friction of the engine and improved fuel economy. Also don't run foul of the law with any of your modifications so find out what the applicable ones are in your state or country. I hope these articles have been of interest, at least they have been timely with the price of petrol at the moment!! . ...................Bruce
ASTRO MEETING October Friday the 13th 2000
(Due the length of the previous articles, this has to be a short report.)
Rodger opened the meeting at 8.17pm, welcomed all and presented apologies from Colin and Nina. The formalities of the meeting were proceeded with, including correspondence and the treasurer's report. Athol then read the previous minutes and they were moved by Andrew and seconded by Peter. The only business from the last meeting was the missing club videos. Rodger closed the meeting at 8.25 and handed over to general business.
Rodger Introduced Anistasia and the Magil University film crew who were doing a documentary on alternative ways of using energy. They filmed a good portion of the night's proceedings. Ashley and Karen were congratulated on their newborn "Astrolite" named James. Rodger presented them with a present, but had misplaced the card. Congratulations were echoed from all present. Rodger from Murray Bridge brought in a fascinating demonstration of " electro luminescent wire" in the form of a mural on a white sheet ( designed by his daughter). The lights were dimmed and it looked fantastic. It is a new technology, it costs about $200.00 per 12 metres and comes in a good range of colours. It requires a small inverter to power it and is available from "Farnell" and possibly Dick Smith in the future.
Ken the Astro "webbmaster" mentioned articles on Daniel Dingle and his "Phillippine Water Powered Vehicle" at the site www.inquirer.net/issues/aug99/ . He also gave the site of a new Canadian hydrogen fuel cell. The article claims that it uses one litre of water for 70 Kilomiters. ( this is with qualifications) Check it out at www.makisoft.net/quantronix .
Victor was trying to get some practical groups going on Oct 27th or Nov 3rd, as the regular meeting don't allow for enough in-depth discussion and practical work. Vic also gave a five-minute run-down on "Stanley Meyer" and his Aqua Cell inventions. Meyer apparently hid things in his patents.
Rodger Introduced our GUEST Speaker .Dino
Dino demonstrated a "TRI-FIELD" meter with a mobile phone to show the alarming extent of radiation. He discussed the ramifications cancer etc. He then went onto the REDOX and Ph of foods. Anything that is fresh or cooked a little is negative which is good. Asparagus is - 200. Potatoes are - 90 as soon as they are cooked. Rodger commented that all grains are positive except millet. Dino said that all soups were quite negative and that he will publish an article on this later. Dino then got onto the main talk topic about Alien invasion, New World Order and Big Brother. He played a 15 minute audio on entrapment the basic theme was that a deal has been done with the Aliens ( by the NWO and big Government. ) allowing limited abductions and experimentation with human beings in exchange for advanced technology. The tape identified the ways that we are being deceived. Dino gave an example of a different culture saying the same thing the Zulus. A further meeting on these issues will be organised ( with an informed Guest Speaker if enough people are interested). This will be discussed at the next meeting.
Rodger thanked Dino for a very interesting talk and invited everyone to supper.
Editor's note the last couple of guest topics have been on a divergent path to the normal ASTRO leaning. They, however, have been most fascinating. There are now quite a few TV series on this topic, with the X Files, Stargate, Invasion and First Wave to name a few.
That's all for now.
See you at the next Meeting on Friday 10th of November.
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