The original engine is patented and the Company has now made patent applications and received patent pending status for additional features that have been refined. Activity and contacts from the website indicate that there are a lot of buyers for this new engine technology.
The first production engine has been assembled and completed initial testing. The Company has had to design and build a custom dynamometer on which to complete engine testing. After testing has been completed on the first engine, it was installed in an aircraft like a Cessna 182 or a Piper Cherokee that will be able to demonstrate the engine's performance capability
Additional installations are being discussed with owners of several experimental homebuilt aircraft, including, a LancAir, an RV6, a custom designed pusher fashioned after the Long Easy, a new designed homebuilt called the Atlantica, and several others, including a Sea Bee, a Seawind homebuilt, and possibly a Cessna 185. The initial Dyna-Cam Engine to be manufactured and sold is rated at 200 HP. The engine is 13" in diameter, 40" long and weighs 300 pounds with basic accessories. It has unique features and major benefits over conventional engines of similar weight and power.The benefits include lower manufacturing costs in equal production, 50% smaller size, 50% fewer replacement parts, better fuel economy, smoother operation, lighter weight, plus nearly 100% higher torque enabling the engine to turn high efficiency propellers with lower noise output.
The engine has two identical cylindrical blocks that each have six cylinders arranged parallel around the main shaft located in the center. Cylinders of both blocks line up so that six double-ended pistons can fire back and forth between the aligned cylinders of each block Each free floating piston is cut away on the central interior side and fits with precision around a 9" diameter, four lobe, sinusoidal cam that is keyed to the main shaft.
As the pistons fire back and forth, the main cam rolls through the pistons causing the central shaft to turn. All moving surfaces are roller bearing surfaces. Another smaller 5" cam is attached to the main shaft at the outer end of each block. As each valve cam turns, it pushes against hydraulic lifters which push against the poppet valves inside each cylinder head. The engine is a 4-stroke engine. Because of the design of the main cam, each of the twelve cylinders fires with every revolution of the shaft, in contrast to three times with conventional six-cylinder engines. The engine can be described as a free piston, axially cam-drive engine.
External accessory systems manage air intake, fuel, oil flow, cooling and exhaust. All accessory systems operate similar to standard systems used on conventional engines and may be easily updated with the latest state-of-the-art technology. Devices used on normal piston engines can be adapted to the Dyna-Cam Engine for achieving the lowest possible emissions or higher power output, i.e. electronic ignition, state of the art emissions devices, or high tech fuel injection. Higher torque at lower RPMs and reduced internal friction allow more work to be accomplished by the Dyna-Cam for the same measured quantity of fuel when compared to the conventional piston engine.