method of monitoring engine performance described as 'revolutionary'
by industry experts has secured electronic and electrical
engineering lecturer Dr Greg Horler £250,000 venture capital
to develop its commercial potential.
Horler's system fits directly inside the piston, allowing
data on temperature, forces and pressure to be monitored
and accurately analysed. The system is wireless, and also
contains a miniature power generator which uses the motion
of the piston to recharge the power supply. The improved
data which the system provides will allow the automotive
system to speed up its development time on new, more efficient
and powerful engines.
new spin-out company, Instrumentel Ltd, has been set up
through Leeds Innovations Ltd to develop and market the
system with a £250,000 investment by the White Rose Technology
Seedcorn Fund. Instrumentel is already working on piston
telemetry systems for Formula 1 racing cars, and for the
mass automotive market.
more details, see the press release