Plainly and simply, this idea will work.
bzguy wrote:It is a CVT, but without the use of, gears, clutches, belts etc. which cause friction and wear. Belts, clutch plates, gears, all have friction points that are power-robbing and eventually wear out. They are a nightmare to disassemble and repair. The only wear points would be bearings, similar to a torque converter, using fluids to tranfer torque.
Friction is indeed power robbing when it results in heat rather than power transfer. There is a bit of inefficiency too though, when using a fluid to transfer torque. The key there is 1) to have a well machined part and 2) a clearance that will remain functional,efficient, etc when thermal expansion/contraction on some normal temperature range is considered. Fortunately this isn't a new consideration and automatic transmissions have had to deal with this for years. Their clearance specs would be a good starting point.
bzguy wrote:This thing has applications so wide that it could be shared several ways, i am not greedy, just do not know how to proceed without taking the risks i hear so many horror stories about..
Any protection ideas welcome, thanks!
You want to build an independent group of people from scratch and bring the idea to market. I'm not a lawyer and I haven't been through this exact process. In spite of that here are some thoughts (most based upon reading posts from this site):
1) NDA's (non-disclosure agreements) are useful whenever sharing the details.
2) Contract work contracts should specify zero ownership, have clear deliverables and specify what happens if each is not met.
3) Work for ownership should also specify clear deliverables, how much of the product people own when their contribution is complete, what happens if the contribution is partially or totally incomplete.
4) Assemble a team of the best people you can find. Conflict in business is nearly a given. It's best if, in times of conflict, the group members at least respect the skills of the others.
I worked for a company when I was 18 that built fiber optic signs that mounted on the sides of blimps. The CEO, sales person, marketing manager etc all valued their specific role above the others. This of course can lead to conflict.
From reading I see a lot of people getting stuck at one of two points:
1) They have an idea they want to sell and can't quite get a company interested in licensing the product.
2) They create an idea they want to bring to market, build the product, manufacture it and can't find anyone to sell the actual product.
In other words, it may not seem like it, but the reality is that creating a prototype and having it manufactured is the easy part. Getting it to actually sell at that point is tough. Start thinking about whether this would be licensed or manufactured in house, and create a sales plan that complements that. BTW: if I were working with your idea I'd thinking licensing first since inventory costs could be prohibatively high for your product.