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Can you make a small soda can jet? If possible can you show me how to? Answered

Not very a complicated one. Something you can make out of stuff that you have at home.

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rickharrisBest Answer (author)2011-12-14

Yes, NO - In my definition a jet produces thrust.

Tthis is not what you see in most You tube video of very small motors made from simple house hold objects - you just see a fuel burning with a lot of air to produce a fine blue flame.

No thrust.

A soda can is most likely made from aluminum and will melt at very low temps because it is thin.

However with enough engineering skill - equipment and knowledge -yes small turbines are made and produce thrust - the smallest i have seen is about the size of a small thermos flask.

animated engines

animated jet engine

will show you how they work.

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Aron313 (author)rickharris2011-12-14

I just saw this video and the guy who made it said it had one or 2 pounds of thrust. Jet Engine Made Out Of Empty Beer Cans! 

Just wanted to show you.

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rickharris (author)Aron3132011-12-15

a) Do you have a link?
b) a lot of things get said on Youtube without being true!
c) you can make pulse jets - similar to the jet used to propel the V1 rocket in ww2 although I still think that aluminium will melt. beer cans tend to be made from steel.

2 pounds of thrust from something weighing in at a few ozs is quite a lot and you would see more being used by the modelling fraternity as power to weight is always something they are looking for.

You can see in animated engines how a pulse jet works (see my previous post)

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Aron313 (author)rickharris2011-12-15

It wasnt youtube it was an intractable. I already made a pulse jet already tho so i wanted to make something new.

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rickharris (author)Aron3132011-12-16

There as a number of " jet " engines here but mostly as they say they don't work, and for the beer can engine - also here it doesn't say it produces thrust and as yet no video showing that either.


The best option I have seen is to use an old car or lorry turbo charger.

Other than that there is a lot of engineering involved to get it going.

PS beer can engine used Boddington cans that are steel.

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Aron313 (author)rickharris2011-12-14

Thanks for all the info. I guess when i make one i will need to put more money and time into it to make it produce thrust.

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Kiteman (author)2011-12-14
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Aron313 (author)Kiteman2011-12-14

Thats cool how those aeolipiles work!

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furrysalamander (author)2011-12-13

try doing a wikipedia search on pulse jets. Not very complicated, and very good pics. If not, kiteman has a great one on doing it with a jar.

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