Russian scientists have figured out how to start engines of heavy equipment at -60 ° C

For Russia, extreme frosts (especially in the Far North) are common. However, in order for equipment (mainly heavy tracked, wheeled and aircraft) to function normally in such extreme conditions, it must first of all be started. Drivers who have worked in the Far North for a long time know that after –40 ° C it’s not so easy, but what to do when everything is –60 “overboard”.

A way out has been found. The result of a joint development of specialists from the Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys (MISiS) and the ROTEC holding is a supercapacitor-storage made of nanocarbon organic fiber - whiskers. The peculiarity of this material is in its high electrical characteristics, commensurate with the famous graphene, but at the same time it is ten times cheaper.

The drive is located inside the case, which is somewhat reminiscent of a wardrobe trunk. The installation itself consists of a supercapacitor-storage and a gasoline generator for recharging it. The system is completely autonomous and is designed for 10 "shots", that is, for the alternate launch of 10 units of ground heavy and aviation equipment in extreme cold conditions down to –60 ° C.