I got a comment yesterday from one of the “guys” who helped Josef Papp succeeding with his inert gas engine. It’s Bob Rohner, who also has a website: rohnermachine.com. He said:
“To set the record straight, I built all the engines seen in any videos, not Sabori. Your article is a fine introduction to the Papp engine. If your viewers wish to discover more they should come on over to www.rohnermachine.com to see and read much more about the concept. By the way – blast refers to a thermodynamic process – with sealed cylinders, the driving force could not have been Heat.
It’s an honor to have someone from the core of the discovery to post on my site. You can also view Bob Rohner’s work on his website.
I also found among the many documents from Bob’s place a PDF which I will reproduce here (if Bob doesn’t mind), talking about the importance of Josef Papp’s invention:
“Infinite Energy 52: 57-58 (2003)
“The Papp Energy System”
By Don Rosen, CEO, Environetics, Inc.
The Papp engine will undoubtedly be recorded as one of the most significant breakthroughs of this century. With scientists now alerted to the inexorable forces of air pollution, irreversible atmospheric free oxygen despoliation and the toxic effects of carbon oxides, a frantic quest is underway to find an abundant, cheap substitute for fossil fuels. Billions of dollars have been spent to research and develop solutions to these pressing worldwide problems. It is now widely held that the potential toll in human life and suffering, resulting from these crises, rivals and indeed surpasses the imminent problems of overpopulation facing the sociologists.
It is providential that the Papp energy system concepts were conceived and developed by an individual rather than by the team effort of a government or industrial giant whose unlimited funds and personnel have begun to conquer space.
Team efforts in many fields of technology, working together in synergical concept for a common goal, have advanced the “state of the art” in the fastest possible time. However, the “goal” must first be defined and the sphere of activity uniformly investigated with proper deployment of the investigative effort. This manifests a logical process of deductive reasoning. It has proved a most efficient system of inquiring into known fields of endeavor.
It is fact that most radical discoveries of significant magnitude are the result of individual encounter, acting independently of the group effort. It may be an accidental confrontation of an individual with a phenomenon of nature, or a true meeting expectant of psychological receptiveness and a truth exposed. The occurrence of these exigencies are too infrequent to ponder. When revolutionary discoveries such as the Papp engine are reviewed with pragmatic acceptance by visionaries, then the groundwork is laid for the development of a new tool, potentially useful to mankind in his unending quest to master his environment. E=MC2 is an equation familiar to most schoolboys. It was one of the mathematical concepts which led to the birth of a new awesome force in nature, which if unleashed could have tragic effects on civilization. This is atomic fission energy, an energy that is difficult to control and make available in small quantities. It creates dangerous radioactivity.
Scientists now theorize that thermonuclear fusion is much more powerful and yields much less toxic radiation that the fission process (e.g., the “clean” H-bomb).
Joseph Papp has developed a practical, workable system to blend fusion energy in small quantum, with laser principals of light forces and thus harness the energy resultant in an engine device wherein the power pulses are cycled with the precision required to transform the power of the atom to direct mechanical energy bypassing the parameters of
the thermodynamic cycle governing the function of the heat engine now extant. This is plasma physics. Papp reaches beyond abstract theory to the reality of an engine 100 years in advance of its time — yet it is not too soon.
A principle of the Papp engine is basic and simple: A hermetic gas chamber is created by the telescopic fitting of two cylindrical units each open at one end, when fitted one over the other to permit extension and retraction of the unit under the cycling pulses of a varying gas pressure confined within the chamber. The gases are estimated to have a life cycle of 6,000 hours operation time, with Papp guaranteeing 1,000 hours. The gases, which are relatively inexpensive, abundant and harmless, are charged into the piston chambers and subjected to controlled electrical pulse and radiation effects, thereby expanding with great force, then contracting, on signal, ready to repeat the cycle for the life of the system.
Since the atomic engine is not aspirated and yields no exhaust it may be operated submerged in water, or in the far reaches of space uniquely unaffected by its extraneous environment. Because the atomic energy released is limitless, the horsepower attainable is boundless. For example, a 4-cylinder 2-cylce engine so constructed with a total of 20 cubic inches displacement will yield 400 hp and up, as desired.
We suggest the Papp engine does presage a new era of work performance capability and ushers in a new field for scientific investigation.”
If Bob will want to help us, we will come with more detailed schematics and instructions on how to step-by-step build such an engine.
The energy belongs to the people and its ways shouldn’t be hidden from anyone. The energy should be free, if it comes for free.
Update June 13, 2009: Here‘s an interesting 1989 article about Joseph Papp and his engine.