Hydristor: a joining of the words 'hydraulic' and 'transistor'. Thedevice invented by Tom Kasmer is based on the dual pressure balanced hydraulic vane pump invented by Harry F. Vickers in 1925. One example of use for a Hydristor would be as a torque converter for typical car or truck already on the highways. The reconfiguration will create a vehicle which will out-perform the current crop of hybrids, thus obsoleting them. The Hydristor is currently planned to go into two different vehicles for evaluation.
Vane pump details
The Vickers design included anelliptic chamber which confined the radial motion of the vanes nested in the rotor slots. As the rotor and vanes turn, each vane is first pushed radially inward followed by a maximum radial extension and that happens twice per revolution. The displacement of the fixeddevice is calculated by determining the difference in vane extension between minimum and maximum, times the axial length of the vanes and rotor. This multiplies to an area subject to the hydraulic pressure in the device whether used as a motor or a pump. Then an average of the minimum and maximum extensions establishes a 'radius of motion' for the pressurized equivalent pressure/force area. of each vane which passes one of the 4 axial sealing areas. What happens is that this equivalent area patch travels through the circumference or the equivalent linear distance resulting from rotating the 'radius of motion' through one complete revolution of 360 degrees.
The elliptic chamber is called a 'cam ring' by the industry. As a vane moves into, say, a maximum extension, and then rotates into a minimum extension region of the cam ring, it passes through a gradual transition from maximum to minimum followed by a gradual transition back to maximum and this happens twice per revolution. In order to prevent oil under pressure from bypassing the vanes, 4 sealing areas are created by means of 4 kidney shaped ports located in the transition areas between minimum and maximum. The spaces between the kidney ports are called the sealing areas and this port system is located at either, or both axial ends of the rotor and vanes. The configuration of the ports and sealing areas are such that the space between any two adjacent vanes is slightly less than the coverage ofthe sealing area. In other words, as the vanes rotate through the sealing area, for a small amount of rotation, both adjacent vanes arewithin the sealing area. As the rotation continues, the first vane in line leaves the sealing area, but not before the next vane in succession is firmly in the sealing region.
The effect is to prevent the exchange of oil from any two adjacent chambers located on either side of a given sealing area and the oil can only be interchanged by the actual rotation of the rotor and vanes. This is the pumping mechanism for the historical vane pump or motor. The term 'pressure balanced' comes from the fact that pressure in any chamber is matched by the same pressure in the diametrically opposite chamber and the hydraulic radial side thrust calculated by a 'side view area' and the two forces are opposite and cancel; hence the name'pressure balanced'.
There are several problems with the historical design. The vane tips radially contact the cam ring elliptic surface and cause a significant friction as the rotor and vanes turn. This friction is both pressure dependent and speed squared dependent due to RPM-squared centripital forces. The speed is limited to about 6-7,000 RPM and the pressure is limited to about 2,500 PSI. Another pressure-related problem is that the pressure forces into the axial rotor to stationary kidney endplate clearance and buckles the device ends thus increasing fluid blowby referred to as 'volumetric efficiency'. Typically, vane pumps and motors have two external ports but there are actually two separate sets of chambers which form two separate pumps and motors. The internal plumbing is y-connected to create only two external ports.
For the Hydristor. a 'concentric nesting of endless metal belts' replaces the fixed elliptic cam ring. And, all the vane tipscontact the inner surface of the belt. The historical friction of the vane tips now causes the belt set to rotate at approximately thesame speed as the rotor and vanes, but there is a very slight 'walking behind' of the vane contact area and there is a very slight speed slippage which results in the inner belt wear being spread out and this results in much longer belt life. Also, the belt set now confines the pressure and speed-squared forces like a pressure vessel and the potential speed of operation is very much higher. The result of all this is to raise both the operating pressure and the operating speed and this amounts to a 10 timesincrease in hydraulic packaging density and similar decrease in weight per horsepower.
There are 3 US and international patents on this device: 6022201 - Hydraulic vane pump with flexible band control, 6527525 - Hydristor control means, 6612117 - Hydristor heat pump.
A fourth patent is pending US and international: 20050036897 - Rotary vane pump seal.
The fixed relationships of the elliptic cam ring are replaced by 4 curved surface (cupped) movable pistons located at the 4 sealing areas, at 12,3,6, and 9 o'clock like the face of a clock. The curvature of each piston rides on a 'hydrodynamic oil bearing' similar to hydroplaning tires in the wet and this virtually eliminates metal-to-metal contact and friction. The first Hydristor achieved almost 95% efficiency overall and the present designs are in the 97+% range. If the 4 pistons are positioned equidistant from the center of rotation, no oil is expressed or accepted by any of the kidney ports. This is called 'neutral'. For a clockwise rotation, if 3 and 9 pistons are moved inward with 6 and 12 moving outward, all moving an equal amount, then a device displacement in proportion to the piston movement is created. If the 6 and 12 pistons were moved in with 3 and 9 moving equally out, then all the oil flows reverse. Since the piston positions are infinitely variable, any possible displacement between zero and + or - maximum displacement can be created. If two such Hydristor units are packaged face-to-face with the 4 port kidney plate between them, an infinitely variable transmission is formed. This transmission not only can select any ratio in the forward direction and in the reverse direction without the need for any gears.
Because the Hydristor is more easily packaged as a thin, large diameter device, it is easy to create a torque converter shapewhich, with the proper adapters can fit any existing vehicle. Thus a few 'standard' Hydristors can be made which, with adapters will fit everything making the technology completely retrofittable into the entire highway fleet. The Hydristor torque converter can also accomplish total hydraulic braking and energy storage. By operating the engine near or at idle RPM, fuel economy is typically doubled. With the very fast response time of the Hydristor, a need for really quick acceleration is easily accomplished by 'ratioing' the Hydristor to allow the motor to race and make the desired power. With hydraulic storage capability, the acceleration at highway speeds can result in wheelspin. The motor will last typically a half million miles due to greatly reduced engine revolutions per mile of travel. Emissions are also reduced due to slower engine speed. The installation of a Hydristor torque converter into a typical car or truck already on the highways will create a vehicle which will out-perform the current crop of hybrids, thus obsoleting them. The Hydristor is currently planned to go into two different vehicles for evaluation.