Published Resources Details Letters Patent
- Ignition device for automobile torpedoes
- United States Patent Office, 2390
Specification forming part of Letters Patent No. 825,914. Application filed September 11 1905.
"This invention relates to automobile torpedoes which are propelled by an engine or motor driven by compressed air the energy of which is increased by burning a combustible, so as to heat the air. The ignition of this combustible should be effected upon the launching of the torpedo and shortly after the starting of the engine or motor. The ignition mechanism for accomplishing this result is set forth and claimed in the following patents…" Sodeau, W. H. 'Means for increasing the work obtainable from a charge of compressed air.' United States Patent Office. Specification forming part of Letters Patent No. 827,891, dated August 7, 1906. Application filed May 9, 1905. "…the amount of work obtainable from a charge of compressed air stored in reservoir - as for example, in the reservoir of a Whitehead torpedo - is increased by burning inside the reservoir alcohol, petroleum, or other suitable combustible liquid, so that the temperature of the air is raised and the volume which it will occupy at a given pressure consequently increased…"