Slam Valve Motor, supplying
efficient steam engines for homeowners and professional solar installers
Bringing you the very latest in 18th century steam engine
Custom slam valve motors
If a piston and cylinder assembly has
a head which can be unbolted, usually a slam valve head can be made to
replace it turning the unit into a steam engine. Good candidates are
car engines, belt drive air compressors and refrigeration compressors.
Air compressors generally offer the best value (displacement and
lifespan) for the money. Refrigeration compressors are sealed, allowing
other working fluids besides water or evacuated systems. Vehicle
engines are compatible with a vehicle. Large stationary Diesel engines
offer longer lifespan but cost more up front. Air Compressors which tie
directly to an induction motor are poor choices, since the induction
motor is generally several times too large to be useful as a generator.
Two stroke engines can be done but have lubrication issues, these are
poorer choices. Short lifespan gasoline generators or other power
equipment will not give longer service life as steam engines. To
consider a block for a design, contact:
A Non Recurring Engineering cost will be charged if the block
has not been done before. The NREs are reasonable and represent
engineering time only. Operating RPM is also a parameter, lower RPM
motors represent a lower NRE. Additional features such as lubrication
direct injection, boost power, higher pressure, and regenerative
braking also affect NRE. If a previous design meets your
requirements, no NRE is required. Receive a design to be fabricated at
the machine shop of your choice. In addition to the NRE, there is a
licensing fee of $0.10 per watt of shaft power for generators, or $5.00
per horsepower for vehicle motors. This is per engine.
Once you have your unit running, consider making more of them.
Steam engine sales and service is a growing business.
mail us your site or business contact info and receive a free listing
at this site. Vehicle conversions are going to be an
attractive business. There are many dozens of popular engine
styles to build and service, and each one has a wide range of possible
performance specs that it can be built to. Larger engines for
solar thermal applications, generally based on large air or
refrigeration compressors or automobile engines, are also an available
Special offer: For the owner of a standard
transmission pickup truck of a popular engine style who lives in the
greater Los Angeles area, pay zero NRE for 3000 RPM motor with similar
horsepower but twice the torque of the current engine. Requires photos
of the truck before and after conversion to be placed on this web page
as promotional info. Van or station wagon is also acceptable.
Converted gasoline engine/generator using ported
design Converted air
using original air compressor manifold