New Atlas-II Engine Designed for Natural Gas Engine Developers

| United Kingdom, Shoreham-by-Sea

Global multi-industry consultant Ricardo plc will launch it’s next generation Atlas-II, the latest high-speed version of Ricardo’s range of large, single cylinder research and development engines, at the 2013 CIMAC World Congress on Combustion Engine Technology next week in Shanghai. A demonstration engine will be on display. The Atlas-II has been developed primarily for manufacturers who design natural gas engines for both mobile and stationary applications.

Ricardo Atlas II engineAble to test engine concepts ranging from 150-200 mm bore with a stroke of up to 280 mm, the Atlas-II enables the evaluation of large, multi-cylinder engine designs in a single power cylinder. Focused in particular on the needs of manufacturers engaged in the design of large natural gas engines, this new product provides a highly flexible, multi-fuel capable development tool which can deliver products faster to market and at considerably reduced cost. Further larger Atlas-II variants of up to 300 and 400 mm bore are also planned.

In addition to launching the new Atlas-II engine – available based on a 4-6 month delivery timescale depending upon options selected – Ricardo is also installing an Atlas-II at its UK large engine development facility where it will be available for customer project use from August 2013.

“We are really pleased to be able to launch this exciting new product at the CIMAC World Congress,” commented Simon Brewster, Ricardo head of large engines. “In the design of the next-generation Atlas-II we have attempted to meet our customers’ requirements for significantly faster, lower cost, and more effective development cycles for high and medium speed engines. This will provide them with benefits in development of engine applications ranging from static power to railway locomotives and marine propulsion. Moreover, recognizing the substantial increase of interest in the use of natural gas, we have specified the design of the Atlas-II to provide a development environment that meets the requirements of this fuel in addition to those of diesel, heavy fuel oil and marine diesel oil.”

(Source: Ricardo UK Limited)

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