Wankel engineWan·kel engine
a rotary internal-combustion engine having a three-lobed rotor and requiring fewer parts than a comparable piston-operated engine: it is less efficient and less powerful than reciprocating engines
Origin of Wankel engineafter Felix Wankel (1902-88), German engineer and inventor
A rotary internal-combustion engine in which a triangular rotor turning in a specially shaped housing performs the functions allotted to the pistons of a conventional engine, thereby allowing great savings in weight and moving parts.
Origin of Wankel engineAfter Felix Wankel, (1902–1988), German engineer.
(plural Wankel engines)
- From the inventor, engineer Felix Wankel