Fire in the Hole!!!
That’s a warning in mining that an explosion is about to occur. It came to mind last week while I was doing some research on fuel economy. At the same time, my son reminded me of a short saying attributed to Sam Parker in his “212 Book.” “At 211 degrees, water is hot. At 212 degrees, it boils. And with boiling water, comes steam. And with steam, you can power a train. Just one extra degreee makes all the difference.” How does all this relate? A lot of the efforts over the next 10 years to improve fuel economy are all about controlling the fire in the combustion chamber of the cylinders of the engine. Getting the fire to burn cleanly, completely and produce motion of the piston rather than heat is paramount to meeting the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations of the government for both passenger cars and heavy trucks. Further, there is a great deal of effort going into trying to recover the waste heat generated by the explosion and the friction in the engine parts. Most of the techniques involve heating water to turn a turbine to make electricity. The same technology that started the industrial revolution, the same technology that creates electricity in a nuclear power station or a coal fired power station, is coming to a vehicle in your driveway. On the human side this reminded me of Thomas Edison, a giant in the development of technology, who said, “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” So many people fail when a little persistence, one more step, would have them succeed in their endeavor. Do you have a “fire in your pit” that will keep you motivated to persist one more step and succeed? Paul Menig, CEO. Tech-I-M