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Old 18-10-2006, 14:32   #1
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Lightbulb Most powerful diesel engine in the world

Wartsila-Sulzer RTA96-C turbocharged two-stroke diesel . The most powerful diesel engine in the world. Wonder if it'll fit in our 30' trawler?

Some facts on the 14 cylinder version:Total engine weight:2300 tons (The crankshaft alone weighs 300 tons.)Length:89 feetHeight:44 feetMaximum power:108,920 hp at 102 rpm Maximum torque:5,608,312 lb/ft at 102rpm
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Old 18-10-2006, 15:14   #2
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Ok, so how do you change the oil?
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Old 18-10-2006, 17:31   #3
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Cool! What is the price tag? Now the question is, how can I build a power cat that will take two of those suckers
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Ok, so how do you change the oil?
I just switched jobs and am working on work boats.. the oil we use doesn't get changed, it just gets filtered (puradie)... I haven't had a chance to look into it more, but this seems like it coud be the way to go on all engines. We are running Volvos.... you just change the filter and then send a sample in to a lab (I don't think we pay for this, I think it is part of the buying the oil deal).... somthing to maybe look into...
until then I am going to go back to dreaming about cruising, and working on a tow boat
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Old 18-10-2006, 21:07   #5
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The starter motor alone for that sucker is too big for most boats. ;-)
Most big commercial working engines use the oil sample method. The engines hold too much oil to consider a general change. My engine takes 18ltrs, which is nothing out of the ordinary, but when it's synthetic at $20/ltr, thats expensive. So it's cheaper to keep the oil and change filters regularly and take samples to ensure all is OK.
I know of one ship engine that holds 3ton of lubricating oil. Big engines like this are walk in with dry crankcases. Infact the Crankcase is basicaly a room.

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The last ship I served on was diesel-electric drive powered by GM Lectro-Motive 16-248s. Same engines used in railroad locomotives.

Having had the pleasure of being in the engine room when we had a crankcase explosion, I can't imagine what a similar explosion with this beast of an engine would be like... yowsah..!!
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