Behold! The World’s Biggest Diesel Engine!
Posted Wednesday, Sep 22, 2010 by
The world’s biggest diesel engine can’t be found on a car, a truck, an earthmover or even a locomotive. The world’s biggest diesel engine is the Wartsila-Sulzer RTA96-C14 turbocharged two-stroke, which currently powers giant supertankers and cargo ships throughout the world. Built in Switzerland, it is the most powerful and reportedly the most efficient engine of the 21st century.
Even if you’re the most jaded diesel freak, here are some numbers about the RTA96-C14 that will make your eyes pop:
No. of Cylinders: 14
Height: 44 feet
Length: 89 feet
Weight: 2,300 tons
Crankshaft Weight: 300 tons.
Cylinder Bore: 38 inches.
Stoke: 98+ inches.
Individual Cylinder Displacement: 111,143 inches (1820 liters)
Horsepower: 7,790 hp (per cylinder)
Maximum Power Output (at 102 rpm): 108,920 hp.
Thermal Efficiency: More than 50% (!)
Diametral Cylinder Liner Wear Rate: 0.03 mm/1000 hours (very low)
Fuel Consumption at Maximum Economy: 0.260 lbs/hp/hour
The RTA96-C14 also comes in models featuring six to 12 cylinders. Sixteen and 18 cylinder versions are also on the drawing board.
WyoTech Offers Diesel Career Training
If the idea of working with diesel engines excites you, then here’s your chance to go pro. WyoTech offers Diesel Technology career training at its campuses in Blairsville, Pa., and Laramie, Wyo. While you won’t get to work on a Wartsila-Sulzer RTA96-C14, the nine-month career training program does teach you how to repair and diagnose problems on the most popular makes of diesel engines, including Cummins, Caterpillar, Detroit Diesel and John Deere. Having completed your Diesel Technology training, you will be qualified to work in diesel service and repair facilities nationwide.
For More Information
For more information on Diesel Technology career training and other automotive career programs, contact WyoTech today!
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