Cyclone Power Technologies Successfully Completes Engine Tests for Raytheon Company; > 30% Thermal Efficiency
Cyclone Power Technologies Inc. successfully completed performance tests of its external combustion engine for Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS). The tests demonstrated that Cyclone’s prototype water-cooled Mark II engine achieved thermal efficiencies of more than 30%, results that exceeded original engineering calculations.
Operating at temperatures of 1,000 °F (538 °C) and steam pressures of 1,150 psi (8 MPa), the compact 98 lbs Mark II ran at 2,133 rpm and produced 13.4 hp (10 kW) and 33 lb-ft (45 N·m) of torque at a diesel fuel burn rate of 0.8 gal/hr.
Raytheon IDS and Cyclone are currently in discussions regarding the next phases of this project, the details of which have not been finalized at this time.
The demonstration of these new technologies was in fulfillment of an Independent Research and Development (IR&D) contract from Raytheon IDS signed last year. In February, Cyclone announced the completion of the first stage of testing, which involved running the Cyclone Engine by the combustion of an environmentally friendly monopropellant called Moden Fuel. When burned, Moden Fuel produces pure water and carbon dioxide.
A team of engineers and technicians from Cyclone, Raytheon IDS, James R. Moden Inc. and Advent Power Systems pioneered, performed and monitored the tests.
Raytheon IDS is a business of Raytheon Company. Moden Fuel, a monopropellant able to burn in the complete absence of air, was originally developed by James R. Moden, Inc. of Richmond, RI, to power US Navy torpedoes. Advent Power Systems, based in Coconut Creek, FL, is the exclusive licensee for US military applications of the Cyclone Engine technology.