Opposed Piston Engines

This book explores the opposed piston (OP) engine, a model of power and simplicity, and provides the first comprehensive description of most opposed piston (OP) engines from 1887 to 2006. Design and performance details of the major types of OP engines in stationary, ground, marine, and aviation applications are explored and their evolution traced.

The OP engine has set enviable and leading-edge standards for power/weight refinement, fuel tolerance, fuel efficiency, package space, and manufacturing simplicity. For these reasons, the OP concept still remains of interest for outstanding power and package density, simplicity, and reliability; e.g., aviation and certain military transport requirements.

Using material from historic and unpublished internal research reports, the authors present the rationale for OP engines, their diverse architecture, detailed design aspects, performance data, manufacturing details, and leading engineers and applications. Comparisons to four-stroke and competitor engines are made, supporting the case for reconsidering OP engines for certain applications.

Topics include:

  • The history of OP engines
  • Aeronautical
  • Automotive
  • Military
  • Marine
  • Unusual OP engines
  • Comparison between 2 and 4 stroke engines
  • The future of OP engines
  • and more
  • Published:
    • 2009-10-08
    • Published by SAE International with a Product Code of R-378, ISBN of 978-0-7680-1800-4, and 576 pages in a hardbound binding. Table of Contents
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