Would a 12.5lb thrust turbine be enough for a jet scooter?

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Would a 12.5lb thrust turbine be enough for a jet scooter?

Post by Jmitchell » Wed Mar 18, 2009 9:45 am

I'm considering buying a tiny 12.5lb axial jet engine with hopes of mounting it on some sort of vehicle.

My first thought was a scooter, like a glorified RAZOR or such scooter. Would 12.5lbs of thrust even be enough to move such a thing with a 150lb rider at a reasonable speed?

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Re: Would a 12.5lb thrust turbine be enough for a jet scooter?

Post by metiz » Wed Mar 18, 2009 2:01 pm

not realy. It'll get you up to speed but it will take FOREVER and if there is any wind, you can forget about it. Why don't go for a 40 something pound valved pulse-jet instead - they're way cheaper and pretty small compared to valveless engines.
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Re: Would a 12.5lb thrust turbine be enough for a jet scooter?

Post by Jmitchell » Thu Mar 19, 2009 5:02 am

Meh, too noisy and doesn't have the "WoW" factor of a real turbine :(

How much thrust would I need for it to be reasonably useful?

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Re: Would a 12.5lb thrust turbine be enough for a jet scooter?

Post by metiz » Thu Mar 19, 2009 11:46 am

Jmitchell wrote:Meh, too noisy and doesn't have the "WoW" factor of a real turbine :(

How much thrust would I need for it to be reasonably useful?
realy? a red hot engine that will wake up people 5 miles away doesn't have the "wow" factor? :P

well I think you'd need at least 30 pounds for it to have any real use. if you can go higher, do so.
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Re: Would a 12.5lb thrust turbine be enough for a jet scooter?

Post by Jmitchell » Fri Mar 20, 2009 1:07 am

I wanted it to be more advanced than a loud buzzing fuel sucking pulse jet, I can't ride a scooter like that to class.

And I can't afford 2 of these turbines to make 30lbs :(, they're 800$ a piece!

Damn.

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Re: Would a 12.5lb thrust turbine be enough for a jet scooter?

Post by metiz » Fri Mar 20, 2009 12:48 pm

you could try making your own out of a diesel truck turbo unit or something
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/HUGE-VT5 ... ccessories
(you know, pulse-jets are more effiecent then turbine engines when it comes to units of thrust per unit of weight....)
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