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Old 04-22-2021, 05:01 PM   #1
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Doncaster, UK
Default [Vehicles] Gunpowder Engines and Stirling Engines

The gunpowder-driven piston was experimented with in late TL4.
Historically, the atmospheric engine (steam engine) won out - but what if it didn't?
Putting aside the engineering problem of a somewhat rapid expansion, What would some ballpark GURPS Vehicles numbers be? In particular I'm wondering what the fuel consumption per kW might be, compared to gasoline, at TL 5.

A mythbuster's episode showed that Huygen's design could not have had tight enough seals to generate vacuum power from the explosion. I want to pretend that this design issue is resolved.

Similar question for the Stirling's "hot air engine", a TL 5 engine that did do actual work.

Thanks for any advice. This is for a TL4 clockpunk campaign but I'd like a realistic comparison with other early engines.
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