EPS diesel test engine surpasses 100 hours

EPS diesel test engine surpasses 100 hours

Pre-production engine develops 360hp and is expected to reach higher as software is enhanced.

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February 4, 2016

New Richmond, Wisconsin – Engineered Propulsion Systems (EPS) is making steady progress in its push toward FAA certification for its diesel piston engine. The clean sheet design is being developed to fit a wide range of global applications in general aviation. The company completed ground and flight tests on two concept engines last spring. Engineers have incorporated a number of refinements in their first pre-production engine, which recently passed the 100-hour mark in ground tests.
 
During the first 30 hours of running, the new engine confirmed predictions that all moving parts would run smoothly and that internal ports were functioning correctly in the movements of fuel, oil, and gasses. “We spent considerable time tweaking the calibrations and adjustments to assure optimal performance,” said EPS president Michael Fuchs. “That’s the only way to reach peak efficiencies and maximum horsepower. We have turned up 360hp so far and expect to reach higher as the software is enhanced.”
 
The engine was subjected to a complete tear down at 5hrs and a partial tear down at 30hrs. “There were no major issues,” said Fuchs. “This is encouraging since we incorporated hundreds of new mechanical components and systems.”
 
At the end of December 2015, the first pre-production redundant electronic engine control units (EECUs) were put in service and are currently undergoing testing. “We are extremely proud that the EPS team and suppliers have reached this important milestone,” said EPS vice president Steven Weinzierl. “Clean sheet designs are essential for advancing powerplant technologies and our test runs have clearly demonstrated their merits.”
 
As the company adds hours to the logbook, run times will increase. All of the data collected from running the first pre-production engine will be incorporated in the second in the series of pre-production engines. Flight tests with one of the pre-production engines are scheduled to begin with a company-owned Cirrus, at the hands of Dick Rutan, this spring.
 
As measurements progress with the pre-production engines, EPS has been working on its second contract with the United States Air Force. The award was part of the Air Force Alternative Energy Solicitation, which has the objective of developing technologies that match the intent of the Air Force Energy Strategy Plan.
 
Source: EPS