Opposed-Piston Opposed-Cylinder Engine.

By Keith Henderson at July 11, 2010 07:01
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It’s not often that we hear of a new type of piston engine that claims to be lighter, more powerful, less emissions and more efficient that the engines we have today, added to this is the capability to operate on a variety of fuels. Its design combines features of the Jumo J205 diesel aircraft engine and the venerable Volkswagen boxer engine. The inventor of this new engine is Prof Peter Hofbauer, former Director of Engine Development at Volkswagen Group, and later with the company developing the engine EcoMotors, established in early 2008. The engine is a turbocharged two stroke Opposed Piston Opposed Cylinder engine (OPOC) and as a high speed engine has automotive, marine, agricultural, stationary and generator applications. It has only one crankshaft and the opposed pistons are moved by rods attached to the single crankshaft. One cylinder module comprises of two opposed cylinders and the concept allows engines of greater power to be produced by adding more modules. The largest version of the OPOC engine module so far, has a cylinder bore of 100mm yet produces 325hp at 3,500rpm for a weight of under 300 lbs giving a power to weight ration of 1.1 hp per lb. Sluggishness in acceleration due to turbocharger lag is eliminated by the novel use of an electric motor used to spin up the turbo when the throttle is cracked open – a supercharger in effect.


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