A clean sheet engine has been designed, built and is currently being tested at Tour Engine, Inc.’s new test facility in San Diego. Based on detailed system simulations (GT-Power), first performed by Tour Engine, Inc. and independently confirmed by Wisconsin Engine Research Consultants (WERC, which are a subrecipient of this project), the engine in this project has been designed with an expansion ratio of nearly two times the compression ratio and each cylinder has been fitted with a dedicated cooling circuit to characterize and subsequently minimize the heat losses of the engine. The combination of these two features provides the theoretical basis for significant efficiency gains of the Tour split-cycle over conventional engines.

 

4. Tour Engine testing facility Picture4

 

5. Tour Engine prototypes Picture5

 

Two 1kW (2 Cylinder 1.3HP) engine prototypes manufactured. Ongoing dynamometer testing in San Diego produce significant learnings, with over 200 hours of engine testing.