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Technology in Australia 1788-1988Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering
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Chapter 7

I The First 100 Years 1788-1888

II Railways

III Motorised Vehicles
i Trucks
ii Truck Manufacturing
iii Road Trains
iv The Diesel Electric Ore Trucks
v Buses and Coaches

IV Aviation

V Modern Shipping

VI Innovative Small Craft

VII Conclusion

VIII Acknowledgements

IX Contributors



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Motorised Vehicles (continued)

In recent times a number of innovative engine designs have been developed by Australian engineers to improve the specific aspects of the internal combustion engine, particularly in the field of fuel economy. Ralph Sarich developed the orbital engine in 1972 and more recently the orbital combustion process engine, which is based upon a re-designed two stroke engine using direct gasolene injection.

A small group in Melbourne, headed by Joseph Scalzo, has designed a continuously variable stroke crankless engine based on wobble plate technology. Other engineering companies, such as Collins Motors who developed the Collins engines using a scotch yoke mechanism, and Tennyson Holdings who produced the Supradyne, are but a few examples of the continuing search in Australia for improved engines. The importance of better fuelling systems has resulted in work by Barracks Technologies of Perth and a number of other projects, including work on hydrogen fuelled engines and advanced turbo charging which is under development at Melbourne University Mechanical Engineering Department.

Organisations in Australian Science at Work - Barracks Technologies; Collins Motors; Tennyson Holdings; University of Melbourne. Department of Electrical Engineering

People in Bright Sparcs - Sarich, Ralph; Scalzo, Joseph

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