I am working on a school project of mine which involved testing the viability of a magnetically started jet engine. By magnetically started, I mean that there are magnets which accelerate the main shaft to speed to start the engine. The point of this is to remove the need for an APU, saving space and cost on airliners and military jets.
To provide intake air to the engine to allow it to start up without an APU, there would be a system on the bottom of the engine with small electric fans to push air to the wet section of the engine to start combustion. During the flight the electric fans would be turned off and the intake section would be used like a RAM air intake for the wet section of the engine. The magnets would be powered by the battery in the aircraft, and the small electric fans would be powered by a separate battery in the engine itself.
With all that in mind, would this be viable in a commercial or private environment? Or does the APU do its job too well to replace it?