Duke Engines holds promise for low vibration and light weight

Posted By on May 8, 2014


While sorting and tossing some old “paper” magazines last weekend, I stumbled across an article about New Zealand’s Duke Engines in a September 2011 issue of Sport Aviation (PDF of article) that peaked my interest. I’ve posted on engine design ideas before as they relate to aviation and automotive, but thought this design has some running prototypes and looks to have great promise (although it has been in the works since 1993). The weight savings and simplicity alone make it worth considering for light aircraft and drones (UAVs) … and if I could get ahold of one, I’d love to put it in the MGB!
Check out the YouTube video explaining how it works below … or visit the Duke Engines website.


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  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.