Is there a type of rotary positive displacement pump that can pump hot exhaust gases (~900°C), that is, not requiring lubrication that would otherwise be burnt off?

  • $\begingroup$ The piston engine has an exhaust stroke that pushes the expanding gases. $\endgroup$
    – Solar Mike
    Jun 26 at 16:45
  • $\begingroup$ Does not a turbocharger fit the bill? I realize it's not a positive displacement device, but it certainly can handle the temperatures. $\endgroup$
    – fred_dot_u
    Jun 26 at 17:19
  • $\begingroup$ Im trying to make an analogue of a gas turbine for land vehicles that uses positive displacement pumps to vastly improve throttle reponse. Piston pumps offer of too low of a flowrate to offer increased power density compares to a piston engine $\endgroup$
    – Francis L.
    Jun 26 at 18:42
  • $\begingroup$ PD pumps are used to force air in, not to pull air out. Look up induced draft fans, maybe with a controlled damper inlet? $\endgroup$
    – Tiger Guy
    Jun 26 at 19:29
  • $\begingroup$ @FrancisL. check out the gas turbines produced for vehicles. Designed to run at constant speed though - road speed can be varied... $\endgroup$
    – Solar Mike
    Jun 27 at 7:56

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There is a type of pump called a screw pump which was once considered as a power extraction device for hot exhaust gas, using ceramic screws. This was to pull shaft work out of the exhaust stream of a fluidized-bed combustor fueled with landfill waste. This idea dates back almost 50 years and I do not know if the firm developing it (Combustion Engineering, Inc.) successfully implemented the screw pump idea.


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