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The irony here is that camless engines are relatively easy to build. The average hacker could modify a small four-stroke engine for camless. The latest to catch my attention: engine valves that operate without camshafts. For decades the idea of electronically controlled electromagnetic. The cam, or camshaft, is a long rod with lumps on it which turns at half of the speed of the engine. The lumps, or lobes, each press on a valve at the top of the .

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The former has kept solenoids at bay, the later variable hydraulic systems.

Is the Era of the Camless Valvetrain Finally Upon us?- Technologue – Motor Trend

But bring it on. Because camless engines have no camshaftthey may have fewer moving parts.

And then your electronics fail and ram your valves into your piston, because non-interference designs are highly inefficient and impractical. Make sure the engine is a non-interference model. Others, such as the cam-in-block design, are more complex, with pushrods, rockers, and other parts required to translate the movement of the cam lobe to movement at the valve.

The probablility of failure may be low but the cost of damage is high. Camless engines can further reduce NOx emissions with the use of fuel staging.

Suprised the author missed this. This was evaluated when various makers started producing camess in the s and it was found to be more efficient to keep them closed, using the cylinder as an air spring. The application was APU for the military. Camless is a massive pain in the ass.


Camless piston engine

Cad, Chrysler C and others. This eliminates the risk of mechanical failures that could damage the engine if there was a malfunction while changing directions. The rotary I saw run was a Detroit Diesel 2 stroke converted to a four stroke, custom head, with a rotary valve running on engibes belt, A bar with a slot in it turboed, and it screamed.

All the big manufacturers have experimented with the camless concept. Valves are rarely parallel to the crown. On a camless, the piston would hit the valve and be pressing against the force of the actuator.

I can remember International rolling out an electrohydraulic valved engine for the Pikes Peak hill climb several years ago with limited success. Is it an interesting topic? Sure, if the valves are inclined at a steep angle, the piston could bend a valve and cause some mayhem. Throw in the tolerances of electromechanical components, and you either need hella precise parts or a good tuning procedure to tune out variations… The list goes on and on.

Sleeve and rotary valving has been tried quite a lot through history, and always the same result of poor sealing after a period of running, or seizure.

The butterfly enbines finer adjustment of air-fuel ratio, which is important for gasoline engines especially, these days, for emission reasons but less so for diesels which always run with excess air. The advantage of a camless engine would be true variable valve timing — the gains would be similar to modern VVT systems but more dramatic.


One time two valves took a hit and the local machine shop added a new wing to their shop.

I was asking myself the same question the whole article. Carburetor Gasoline direct injection Common rail. Formula 1 cars use pneumatic actuators on the valves, providing up to 20, rpm, but usually limited to around 12, for fuel efficiency reasons. There are a few reasons. Notify me of new posts via email. Poppet valve engines seem prohibitive to the whole concept.

Add a power source and some solenoids. Privacy Policy Terms of use. Now its exactly like you describe. Back EMF returns energy rather than consuming more energy. Even in the 70s there were lots of restrictions on what could and could not be done.

My only question is that could such as system run at rpm or above without self destructing?

Both are essentially advanced, two-stroke direct caamless engines with greater efficiency than anything currently in production. So compressed air opens the valve almost instantly, electronically controlled hydraulic pressure holds it open, a coil spring closes it, and passive hydraulic pressure cushions its “landing. You might think of these dual-solenoid setups as a kind of electronically actutated desmodronic system.