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markably powerful in proportion to its weight, has resulted from a reconstruction of the old compression engine, introduced by Dr. Otto more than a score of years ago. It is known as the "Tygard.” Heretofore all attempts to get more power strokes from the four-cycle motor have only resulted in multiplying the number of motor cylinders and further complicating the already too complex device. In the Tygard, the inventor has produced a new and unique arrangement of the old and well-tried parts of the engine structure—the piston,cylinder, valve, and power wheel and shaftwhereby this formidable handicap has been entirely removed and the gas engine rendered double-acting. This unique engine reverses all previous methods of construction and action, for the piston is stationary, being firmly bolted to the frame by means of lugs or trunnions extending out from its sides. In a report on a test of this engine, S. J. Beach,
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SCIENCE AND INVENTION-(Continued) "The single valve which is connected to the gasoline vapor supply and the exhaust outlet, controls the entrance of the ignitable mixture to the engine during its suction stroke; brings the spark plug cavity into communication with the charge at the end of the compression stroke; and, at the completion of the expansion or work stroke, opens a communication with the atmosphere, while the exhaust products are being expelled by the movement of the cylinder. While this action is occurring in one combustion space, a precisely similar cycle of operations is being produced in the other combustion space. Thus, by means of a single cylinder, a single piston, a single power shaft and wheel, a single valve, and a single spark plug, a four-cycle action is produced in both ends of the cylinder alternately, producing the work of two engines from a single engine structure. As this valve-actuating mechanism is from its nature noiseless, it apparently justifies its inventor in claiming it to be the lightest and simplest and most noiseless four-cycle gasoline engine yet pro
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When this is established it is estimated that the tubes will be able to carry 82 per cent of London's internal parcel and letter traffic in one-sixth of the time now required. The initial outlay is reckoned at $15,000,000, which is a small item in London postal estimates.
The system would promise a great reduction in the working expenses of the Parcel Post bill, which is to be promoted in parliament next session.
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