[ Thanks to Jerry Howell for the following wonderful information! ]|
Now this is an engine!
is the most powerful and most efficient piston prime-mover in the world today.
Bore - just under 3'2" (965mm). Stroke - just over 8'2" (2489mm). Available in 6 through 12 cylinder versions (all inline). Engine weight exceeds 2000 tons in the 12 cylinder version (the crankshaft alone exceeds 300 tons). Point of maximum continuous power is 89,640 HP (66,844kW) at 100RPM with the 12 cylinder version. Point of maximum fuel economy is 53,244 HP(37,704kW)at 90 RPM.
The 12-cylinder engine exceeded
100,000 horsepower during overspeed testing (all of 101.5 RPM!)
while under test at Japan's Diesel Union works (who built the
first engines and from whmo these pictures are taken). Fuel consumption
at maximum power is 0.278 lbs/HP/hour (BSFC). Fuel consumption
at maximum economy is 0.260 lbs/HP/hour. At maximum economy the
Sulzer engine exceeds 50% thermal efficiency: i.e. more than 50%
of the fuel going into the engine is converted to power. For comparison,
consider that automotive and small aircraft spark-ignition engines
have British Standard Fuel Consumption figures in the 0.40-0.60
lbs/HP/hour range and 25-30% thermal efficiency. Even at its most
efficient power setting, the Sulzer 12 cylinder consumes nearly
1,660 gallons of heavy fuel oil an hour.