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    I think they got us on this one !






    The Wartsila-Sulzer RTA96-C turbocharged two-stroke diesel engine is the most powerful and most efficient prime-mover in the world today. The Aioi Works of Japan 's Diesel United, Ltd built the first engines and is where some of these pictures were taken. It is available in 6 through 14 cylinder versions, all are inline engines. These engines were designed primarily for very large container ships. Ship owners like a single engine/single propeller design and the new generation of larger container ships needed a bigger engine to propel them. The cylinder bore is just under 38" and the stroke is just over 98". Each cylinder displaces 111,143 cubic inches (1820 liters) and produces 7780 horsepower. Total displacement comes out to 1,556,002 cubic inches (25,480 liters) for the fourteen cylinder version.



    Some more facts on the 14 cylinder version:
    Total engine weight: 2300 tons (The crankshaft alone weighs 300 tons).
    Length: 89 feet
    Height: 44 feet
    Maximum power: 108,920 hp at 102 rpm
    Maximum torque: 5,608,312 lb/ft at 102rpm

    Fuel consumption at maximum power is 0.278 lbs per hp per hour (Brake Specific Fuel Consumption). Fuel consumption at maximum economy is 0.260 lbs/hp/hour. At maximum economy the engine exceeds 50% thermal efficiency. That is, more than 50% of the energy in the fuel in converted to motion. For comparison, most automotive and small aircraft engines have BSFC figures in the 0.40-0.60 lbs/hp/hr range and 25-30% thermal efficiency range. Even at its most efficient power setting, the big 14 consumes 1,660 gallons of heavy fuel oil per hour.


    A cross section of the RTA96C:





    The internals of this engine are a bit different than most automotive engines. The top of the connecting rod is not attached directly to the piston. The top of the connecting rod attaches to a "crosshead" which rides in guide channels. A long piston rod then connects the crosshead to the piston. I assume this is done so the sideways forces produced by the connecting rod are absorbed by the crosshead and not by the piston. Those sideways forces are what makes the cylinders in an auto engine get oval-shaped over time.



    These guys are installing the "thin-shell" bearings.
    Crank and rod journals are 38" in diameter and 16" wide.








    The crankshaft sitting in the block (also known as a "gondola-style" bedplate).
    This is a 10 cylinder version.
    Note the steps by each crank throw that lead down into the crankcase.

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    A piston and piston rod assembly. The piston is at the top. The large square plate at the bottom is where the whole assembly attaches to the crosshead.






    Some pistons and piston rods:

    The "spikes" on the piston rods are hollow tubes that go into the holes you can see on the bottom of the pistons (top picture) and inject oil into the inside of
    the piston which keeps the top of the piston from overheating. Some high-performance auto engines have a similar feature where an oil squirter nozzle squirts oil onto the bottom of the piston.










    The cylinder deck (10 cylinder version).
    Cylinder liners are die-cast ductile cast iron.
    Look at the size of those head studs!








    The first completed 12 cylinder engine:





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    Damn..... I hate red XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
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    Built Cheyenne Tuff, With Chevy Stuff.
    well the block is GM any ways


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    In the order of zombie's captions:

















    Actually not new. First put into service in Sept, 2006 aboard the Emma Maersk. Impressive, none the less. What has always impressed me was imagining the size of the machines that made these parts, and to the precision they're made.
    Oh, and it's not Japanese. It's manufactured in Japan, but designed by the Finish company Wartsila.
    Here's a Wiki link:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W%C3%A4...Sulzer_RTA96-C
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    Damn thats BIG

    Thanks Steel
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    I have seen these, or something similar, on Shemya.
    The ones I saw where for turning generators for the power plant that supplies all the power on the island, and supplies the juice that runs "Cobra Dane".
    Thats the "antenna" building that tracks all the missiles and reports to Cheyenne Mountain and the WH.

    It was all Top Secret so they would not allow us to take pictures, but I walked inside the crankcase of one of them that was apart.
    The connecting rod big end was about 3' ID. and the rods were about 6'-8' long.
    Sort of a low RPM deal!
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    The only thing more impressive than this engine is the machinery that made it, love big machines
    Need help finding this 1973 Sanger 18'6" bubble deck mahogany bottom and stringers I was living in Pomona when I sold her in 1979. Just wonder if she still exists

    Update Found my old Sanger 12/7/14 in Reno.

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