why cant we use some torsional springs to store energy in IC engines rather than using hefty flywheels?
- PhilomelLv 72 months ago
Hefty flywheels are more efficient and they do have springs called torsion plates.
- oil field trashLv 72 months ago
Even if you want a way to use a spring in place of a flywheel it would not be a good design due to the fatigue failure factor inherent in a spring.
- G. WhilikersLv 72 months ago
Sure, torsion springs store energy when twisted, but they return that energy in the opposite direction from which it came. A flywheel uses its mass to carry energy as angular momentum and keep the engine turning in the same direction all the time.