The whole project originated at department of Control engineering of the Czech technical university in Prague and therefore it was primarily focused on stable operation of the entire control system. At the beginning it was uncertain whether all possible issues could be resolved to prove viability of the linear combustion engine concept viability all due to the uniqueness of the project.

Ondřej Vysoký of Czech technical university came up with an idea of using this concept for generating electric power already in seventies. But the electronic devices of those times where not advanced enough to control such complex system. Because of that the project implementation was possible only after the microprocessor technology was developed. The first functional model development was started in 2000 in a frame work of a few doctorate and masters thesis.

There were a number of tasks to be done prior to a first functional model (foto, video LCE) out of which we would like to point out the following:

  • The study of propose of attainability of the concept.
  • Construction of mathematical model of the linear combustion generated and verification of its general properties.
  • Suitable parts selection and a mechanical construction proposal
  • Control system and power electronics design.
  • An experimental prototype testing and its mathematical identification.
  • Design and implementation of a suitable control system for stable operation.

All these steps were successfully finished in 2005 and resulted in a first functional model. An entirely new testing lab was founded in the Faculty of Electrical engineering on Karlovo namesti, in cooperation with Josef Božek Research center of Engine and Automotive Engineering in order to take out all experiments and testing necessary.

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