One of the most exciting moment in my life was receiving my new turbine. knowing i can finally get back to focusing on trying to break the landspeed record again and building the board to do it. the second most exciting thing was getting pictures of my nearly completed fuel tank on my birthday. below i will run you through the pictures and my design to give you a little understanding as to what i want to achieve with the board.
the is what we have been calling the tower. the turbine will sit at the very top. the bottom with the pipe will be the top of the fuel tank. the pipe will run through the tank and carry my electronics and fuel lines to the turbine.
i wanted to the turbine to sit in the wind to offer best intake with minimal turbulence with a hope it will give me access to most of its power.
This is how the tank will look in completion. you can see in the top of the cradle where the fuel lines and electronics will meet the turbine. the two smaller holes at the rear are the breathers for the fuel tank. the F is for fun.
Only decision now is where do we put the fuel cap. you may note the overhang of alloy at the back of the fuel tank. this will be to lay out the electronics and fuel pump and computer. not sure how much space i'll need yet so we allowed enough to be able to cut it back later.
While this position make for easier refueling and convenience. it does look bloody stupid. it wasn't till i saw the next photo i knew where it had to go.
The moment i saw this image i knew what i had to do. but how to get the fuel cap behind the tower and still be able to access it? easy!
You can also see the little fuel pickup pitot tube just below the fuel cap in this photo. for such a small tube this turbine apparently drinks allot of fuel. hence the tank size. when complete should be between 2.5 to 3 liters.
Nothing a bit of 2 inch alloy pipe can't fix and a 45% cut. this will be how everything mounts. now to just have it all welded up and we can get to fitting it on the board.