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Steam Powered Tank

Posted by Rick Ashton 
Steam Powered Tank
October 27, 2019 06:45PM
Steam Powered Tank

Never heard of this before.

Re: Steam Powered Tank
October 30, 2019 06:42AM
The images aren't available (today). I was hoping to see a steam tank. That would be cool.
Re: Steam Powered Tank
October 31, 2019 04:19PM
Re: Steam Powered Tank
October 31, 2019 09:45PM
This goes back 10 years.

Doble Steam Powered Tank
Re: Steam Powered Tank
November 01, 2019 06:31AM
There was also a study performed, I think it was back in the 50s or 60s, regarding the use of steam in a modified M-60 tank! That machine did pretty good in the hands of the USMC during Desert Storm and upgraded versions are still in use around the world.
Re: Steam Powered Tank
November 14, 2019 09:42AM
The Stanley Steam Motor Company built a couple of steam powered tanks for the WWI effort. By the time that they were field tested and accepted, the war was over. They never see action. There are plenty of photos and articles about the Stanley tanks available.
Re: Steam Powered Tank
November 14, 2019 10:49AM
Well, if people had paid attention and used a bit more imagination, the trench warfare that broke out during the siege of Petersburg during the US Civil War could have been eliminated with tank warfare … WW1 would have been a bit different.

Note, this wasn't a fanciful design, Miller actually built and tested this tracked vehicle. It was said to operate well on rough terrain and up hills.

Of course, Miller himself missed the point, which is sort of interesting. During the war, he patented a naval gun turret that was rotated by steam engines ... with modern hindsight it's a bit interesting that he overlooked the idea of mounting it on his tracked vehicle.

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 11/14/2019 11:27AM by frustrated.

Re: Steam Powered Tank
November 16, 2019 12:37PM
1950s-1960s projects of vehicles powered by condensing closed cycle steam engines or turbines:



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/16/2019 12:40PM by novice.
Re: Steam Powered Tank
April 08, 2020 05:56PM
Yuba steam turbine air cooled condensing powerplant study for the M-48 Tank.
Steam generator pressure- 5000 psi, temperature -1200F;
Exhaust steam 20 psi at full power, 5.3 psi -cruise power.
Theoretical efficiency-39.6%. Fuel - coal, heavy oil, wood.

Evaluation of the Yuba steam-engine power plant
Keeler, Hugh Edward, 1954


Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/08/2020 06:00PM by novice.
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