There I was, in my corner of the basement, my collection of salvaged tin cans sitting in the corner, pondering what I could make... Then a brilliant idea hit me as if I were taking a nap on the train tracks.. I would make a jet engine, from nothing but recycled materials!!
So when I thought about it, having all recycled materials really wasn't possible with my current supplies, while still making it somewhat safe.
EDIT: PLEASE NOTE THIS PROJECT WAS NOT SUCCESFUL, MEANING THE JET I MADE DOES NOT WORK. I HOPE YOU CAN LEARN SOMETHING FROM MY WRITE-UP.
Monday, April 13, 2009: I tested the engine today. I tried to use hydrogen-oxygen gas from my hydrolosys setup and melted part of my fuel system. I will have to do repairs before I can test it again.. I apoligize to everyone who is waiting for a video of it's probable destruction..
Thursday, April 16, 2009: Since last time I purchased a windproof lighter so that I can use the fully combusted butane to run the engine. I held the flame up to the brass tubing, cans, and JB Weld and none of them looked like they were melting. I made a small adapter thing out of spare parts I had lying around so that the lighter could be connected to the fuel input. I had to wait overnight for the JB Weld to dry.. So maybe tommorow, or Saturday..
Monday, April 20, 2009: So my fuel system failed and failed and failed, and melted, and failed again and again.. In an attempt to get something slightly working I went ahead and cut a hole in the side of the main housing and stuck my windproof lighter in to see if I could get it working that way, and the flame went out in less than 10 seconds, I'm not sure why. It was a fun project, and hopefully you can learn from it, and maybe make it work.
A couple improvements I can think of would be:
- Copper fuel line, instead of brass for a higher melting point
- Wider diameter fuel line, mine was about 1/16" outer diameter, and even smaller inside, which ended up being way too small
- make sure that whereever your fuel inputs end up, they have a good amount of clearance from the flametube, during final tests, it was melting from the butane flame..
SAFETY:This Instructable involves:
- Cutting stuff
- Flammable gas
- JB Weld
- Sharp Objects
- Potentially fast moving objects
PLEASE READ THIS INSTRUCTABLE IN ITS ENTIRETY BEFORE BEGINNING TO CONSTRUCT YOUR OWN.
I AM NOT LIABLE FOR ANY RESULTING BAD STUFF THAT OCCURS BECAUSE OF THE INFORMATION PRESENTED HERE.