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### How does turning off electric appliances save energy

We all know if we use less electricity we save energy. But the energy we're getting is result of burning (not necessarily the literal meaning) the fuel. Even if we don't use that energy that fuel is ...
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### While going downhill, does my car consume less fuel when in neutral or in gear?

I once meditated on the fact that a car, in downhill, would consume more fuel when in neutral to keep the engine on, rather than in gear. To keep the engine on when in gear, in fact, you mostly need ...
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### How can "mpg" be high under low engine load?

Let's say a car at 60 mph requires roughly 20 hp to maintain its speed (i.e., to overcome rolling resistance and drag). If this car makes 240 hp and gets about 34 mpg (not too unrealistic), how is it ...
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### Whats the purpose of a main metering system in a carburetor?

I'm confused on how to differentiate mixture control from the main metering system, and why we even need one at all. Let's say we had a large resovior, and a needle type mixture control system. The ...
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### Why wont Petrol engine run on Acetylene?

Boiling temperature of Acetylene is -84°C and that of Petrol is 95°C (at Atmospheric Pressure). So the spark is efficient to ignite the compressed Acetylene and run the Engine. But why wont that work ?...
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### What does MM prefix mean in MMtoe?

I was reading documents about energy importation and came across the following: The import was of 5,915.87 MMtoe I wonder if MMtoe = $10^6*10^6$ toe = $10^{12}$ toe. First time coming across a ...
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### How does the optimal-gear indicator work?

Some modern cars, including models by BMW, Ford and Audi, have a system on the panel that tells the driver the next gear to use while driving, for optimal fuel economy. How does the vehicle decide ...
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### Can we currently achieve 55 MPG on Non-Hybrid vehicles using internal combustion engines?

With recent debates, one frequently hears that it's currently not possible for car manufacturers to meet the 55 MPG energy efficiency rating required by 2025. So, is there something physically ...
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### How much air will an engine use per tank of gas?

Apparently I have a stupid question. I got curious and crunched some numbers to determine approximately how much air an engine consumes in total to burn a full tank of gas. Something went horribly ...
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### does payload weight distribution affect rolling resistance?

Recently came across the following 2-minute YouTube video that claims A Balanced Rig Saves Fuel While nicely done, it is a marketing video. Does anyone know of any unbiased studies that support the ...
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### Where can I find efficiency metrics for diesel engines?

I am doing long term planning for a small fleet of tugboats. A lot of the engines (propulsion, generators, hydraulics) are Detroit Diesels of various sizes (e.g., 4-71, 6-71, 12V-71). Newer engines ...
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### Can turbine engines really run on "just about anything"?

I often read that turbine engines can run on almost any fuel source. I understand that turbine engines are less "picky" in terms of the fuel source that they can use, but surely there would still be ...
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### Best fuel for supercar engines

To experienced supercar owners/engineers: What is the best fuel for a turbocharged 6 liter V8, 7.6 liter V10, or 9.2 liter V12 (Audi R8 or Lamborghini Aventador type cars) in terms of speed/...
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### PLEASE ANSWER Sterling vs Combustion Engine

This may be difficult to answer but, theoretically, if you had a car with a sterling engine that produces say approximately 300 horsepower how much of any specific heat source would need to be used if ...
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### Does the shape of a car really matter for how much gasoline it drinks?

Let's say that we have a mid-1950s "gas guzzler". Now, we take away the exterior "shell"/chassis and replace it with a modern car's. That is, it will visually look just like a modern car from the ...
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### seperate engines working vs single engine [closed]

Assuming we have 2 identical cars. What is the total energy consumed by the two cars to start and accelerate up to a specific speed versus the total energy for one of them to accelerate up to a ...