Napier Deltic engine

1:4 sized model of the Napier Deltic engine.

The Deltic engine was produced as a result of a need for the Admiralty to use diesel powered fast patrol boats. The Second World War has shown a number of vulnerabilities in using petrol powered engines, most notably flammability.

The engine is a two-stroke opposed piston compression ignition (diesel) engine having three or six banks of three cylinders in a triangular arrangement.  At each corner of this equilateral triangle is situated a crankshaft, each crank having an exhaust (fork) and inlet (blade) connecting rod from the two adjacent cylinders.

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