Previous works related to this thesis revolves around the construction and experimental testings of a prototype wooden engine and a fruit jar engine of West’s engines. Currently, no Fluidyne engines are available in the University of Queensland. Thus, the construction of a new design is required for further experimental works in this field of study.
This thesis involves the investigation of the pumping capability of an experimental fluidyne engine. The engine was designed to be soft coupled to a pump and tested under wet mode conditions. Material selections and cost considerations were some key factors during the construction phase of the engine.
During the experimental phase, the Fluidyne was able to perform reasonably well. However, a leakage was found at the seating of the ball bearing of a non-return valve incorporated to the pump line. Water inside the pumping arm flows back into the pail through the leakage. Thus, the pump did not work. Discussions of some of the findings from the results were presented. This thesis ends with a conclusion and some recommendations.