Radial Diesel Engine

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rustytools
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Radial Diesel Engine

Post by rustytools » Thu Dec 08, 2005 1:49 pm

Hello everyone. I am brand new, with little machining experience, and no typical machining tools.

I would say that my only experience was using the metal lathe in shop class in high school, and making a C-clamp using ony simple hand tools in my standard practices lab here at SAIT. This was a requirement for all Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Technology students, and my first time trying to meet very precise tolerances. It was an excellent learning experience.

Anywho, due to the development of diesels for small planes, and also loving the power in my 97 powerstroke, I wondered if anyone has ever tinkered with the idea of a radial diesel engine.

If so, please drop me a line.

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Is this what you had in mind?

Post by ronm » Thu Dec 08, 2005 8:49 pm


Bill Shields

Depends

Post by Bill Shields » Wed Dec 21, 2005 5:22 pm

On what you definition of 'small airplane' and 'diesel' include...

http://www.horizonhobby.com/Shop/ByCate ... SAIE325R5D

this is for a small airplane...and, believe it or not, it is a diesel...more commonly called a glow engine, but still a diesel....

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Post by Bryan » Sun Dec 25, 2005 6:03 pm

Bill, a Diesels and a Glow engine are very much different animals...

A Diesel ignites the charge from compression heat alone, whereas a Glow engine has a wire coil that continues to "glow" from the heat of the previous cycle, and ignites the consecutive charge...

Glow engines generally use methanol as fuel, where a Diesel will use either...

SATO's are glow engines, and I don't think they have any diesels in their product line.
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Post by hybidder » Tue Jan 01, 2008 10:11 pm

ronm,

I would hate to have to "prop start" that engine on a cold winter morning.

That picture should be hanging a wall. Some of the old production engines really were works of art...

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Post by ronm » Wed Jan 02, 2008 11:51 pm

hybidder wrote:ronm,

I would hate to have to "prop start" that engine on a cold winter morning.

That picture should be hanging a wall. Some of the old production engines really were works of art...
Man, talk about a blast from the past...I had forgotten even posting that. I have always been intrigued by the Packard Diesel. Notice it has only one valve per cylinder? That D-shaped tube takes air in the front on the intake stroke, & blows exhaust out the back on exhaust stroke...neat, huh?

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Post by J Tiers » Sun Jan 06, 2008 9:18 pm

Absolutely. There was one pre-war. I'd have to look up the name, but it was IIRC a 5 cyl diesel and definitely radial. Guiberson, Gunderson, some name like that I think.

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Like this?

Post by ronm » Sun Jan 06, 2008 11:28 pm

J Tiers wrote:Absolutely. There was one pre-war. I'd have to look up the name, but it was IIRC a 5 cyl diesel and definitely radial. Guiberson, Gunderson, some name like that I think.
Like this, maybe?
http://www.oldengine.org/members/diesel ... berson.htm

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Post by J Tiers » Mon Jan 07, 2008 10:47 pm

Yep, I have the book that first picture is out of...... same pic.

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Radial Diesel Engine

Post by lynmn » Tue Jan 15, 2008 7:22 pm

In 2005 there was a Packard radial diesel on display in the Warp
museum at Minden NB. There were many other old and unusual aircraft
engines. Just off interstate 80, Plan for a 6 to 8 hour stop. Hope its still
open. LynMn

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Post by gpete » Sat Sep 06, 2008 1:41 pm

Not being picky but thats Minden Nebraska. Just for clarification, NB is the abbreviation for New Brunswick

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Post by firebrick43 » Mon Dec 07, 2009 2:40 pm

caterpillar developed a radial diesel model RD-1820 for the M4A6 sherman tanks of ww2. Only one unit was out fitted with them as diesel was not in wide use/supply except in the south pacific and the chrysler cross 5x6 and ford GAA V8 were cheaper to build.

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