Ultrasonic Water & Gasoline Mix
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BSRF - Jul/Aug 1974
Originally printed in "Newsweek", June 17, 1974
A Solution to Air Pollution
"In the wake of the energy-crisis a 50-year-old British-born inventor
named Eric Cottell has come up with an ingeniously simple and economically
practical solution -- one that is now exciting industry and government
"In the conventional combustion process, fuel is combined with air and
turned. The result is carbon dioxide, water vapor and heavy oxides of
nitrogen, which are a prime cause of chemical smog.
Cottell reasoned that if water could largely replace air as a source of oxygen
in combustion, this would avoid the large amounts of nitrogen introduced
by the air -- and thus eliminate much of the noxious nitrogen oxides.
"To accomplish this, he turned to a device he had patented 22 years ago -- an
ultrasonic reactor that emulsifies heavy liquids and is widely used today
to prepare such products as Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, cosmetics and
By refining the reactor, Cottell was able to break water into particles
about one fifty-thousandth of an inch in diameter and to disperse them evenly
in oil (or gasoline) to create an emulsion that was 70 percent oil and 30
percent water. When this emulsion was burned, Cottell found :
"Last month Cottell divided his time between Washington, in talks with
officials of the Federal Energy Office, and Detroit, where he consulted with
engineers working to meet the tight 1976 automobile-emission requirements.
So far, auto tests have shown that with an ultrasonic reactor attached
to a carburetor, a car can get almost DOUBLE the normal miles per gallon
of gasolinge -- with neglible exhausts.
Cottell's company, Tymponic Corp. of Long Island, N.Y., is also about to
produce units for home oil burners that will be no larger than a flashlight
and cost $100 to $150.
"Last winter, two Long Island schools converted to Cottell's system, and both
reduced their fuel usage by about 25%. Adelphi University reports that it
SAVED more than 3,500 gallons of oil per week! -- and REDUCED soot output by
(1) that there were far fewer waste products and
(2) that the small water droplets expand on heating, then
explode into steam, in turn shattering the oil into even
finer particles, and thus increasing the surface area of
the fuel exposed for burning.
This file points to a possibly useful technique for those working with
water dissociation for the purpose of hydrogen fueled motors. The
smaller the particle is, the less energy required to dissociate into
consecutively smaller units. This is probably one of the inspirational
sources used by Stan Meyers for his "fractioning" process.
Ultrasonic generators can be both mechanical or electronic in nature.
Transducers can be easily purchased with resonant frequencies ranging
from 20KHZ to 40KHZ. Of course, that is simply where they are most
efficient, they will still transmit other frequencies just as any speaker
One of the greatest dangers in relation to hydrogen from water is the need
to store accumulated hydrogen in some container, thus allowing the
possibility of a "Highway Hindenburg." Any method of hybrid method that
would create hydrogen at a sufficiently rapid rate, on demand, is far to