Continental O-240

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O-240
Teledyne Continental Motors IO-240-B Diamond DA20-C1 C-GEQA.jpg
Continental IO-240B
Type Piston aero-engine
National origin United States
Manufacturer Teledyne Continental Motors
First run 1971
Major applications Reims Cessna 150
Liberty XL2
Diamond DA20-C1

The Continental O-240 engine is a four-cylinder, horizontally opposed, air-cooled aircraft engine that was developed in the late 1960s for use in light aircraft by Continental Motors. The first O-240 was certified on 7 July 1971.[1][2]

Design and development[edit]

The 130 hp (97 kW) O-240 was a new engine design derived from the six-cylinder Continental O-360 and introduced in 1971. It is generally similar in overall dimensions to the Continental O-200, but with a higher 8.5:1 compression ratio, designed to run on 100/130 avgas. The O-240 delivers 30% more power than the O-200 while it weighs only 12% more. It may be mounted in tractor or pusher configuration.[3][4]

The O-240 was produced under license in the United Kingdom by Rolls-Royce Limited and was used to power the Reims Aviation-built Cessna 150s constructed in France under license.[5] Rolls-Royce acquired the rights to the O-240, but not the IO-240 in 1977.[2]

The fuel-injected IO-240-A and -B were introduced in 1993. The A and B versions differ only in the type of fuel injector used.[1][4]

The IOF-240 is similar to the IO-240-B except that it employs an Aerosance FADEC system to control the ignition and fuel injection systems.[1] The engine was not selected to power any production North American-manufactured aircraft until the Liberty XL-2 entered production in 2006 powered by the IOF-240-B.

Variants[edit]

O-240-A
Dual ignition, 130 hp (97 kW) at 2800 rpm, dry weight 246 lb (112 kg) including starter and generator. Uses a Marvel-Schebler MA-3SPA IO 5067 carburetor. Certified 7 July 1971[3][2]
IO-240-A
Dual ignition, 125 hp (93 kW) at 2800 rpm, dry weight 246 lb (112 kg), uses a TCM 639231A27 fuel injector[1]
IO-240-B
Dual ignition, 125 hp (93 kW) at 2800 rpm, dry weight 246 lb (112 kg), uses a TCM 639231A34 fuel injector[1]
IOF-240-B
Aerosance FADEC system controls the ignition and fuel injection systems, 125 hp (93 kW) at 2800 rpm, dry weight 255 lb (116 kg)[1]

Applications[edit]

The Liberty XL2 is equipped with a Continental IOF-240-B engine.
O-240
IO-240
IOF-240-B

Specifications (IOF-240-B)[edit]

Data from TYPE CERTIFICATE DATA SHEET NO. E7SO[1]

General characteristics

  • Type: "4-cylinder, air-cooled, naturally aspirated, horizontally opposed, fuel-injected, spark ignition, four-stroke, direct drive. The engine incorporates a full authority digital electronic control (FADEC) system to control the ignition and fuel injection functions."
  • Bore: 4.438 in (112.7 mm)
  • Stroke: 3.875 in (98.4 mm)
  • Displacement: 240 in³ (3.93 L)
  • Dry weight: 255 lb (116 kg)

Components

  • Valvetrain: One intake and one exhaust valve per cylinder
  • Fuel system: Aerosance FADEC system
  • Fuel type: 100LL avgas
  • Cooling system: Air-cooled

Performance

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Federal Aviation Administration (March 2007). "TYPE CERTIFICATE DATA SHEET NO. E7SO Revision 4". Retrieved 2008-12-18. 
  2. ^ a b c Federal Aviation Administration (March 2007). "TYPE CERTIFICATE DATA SHEET NO. E11EU Revision 4". Retrieved 2008-12-27. 
  3. ^ a b Christy, Joe: Engines for Homebuilt Aircraft & Ultralights, pages 58-59. TAB Books, 1983. ISBN 0-8306-2347-7
  4. ^ a b Shanaberger, Kenneth (2008). "Continental O-240". Retrieved 2008-12-18. 
  5. ^ Gunston 1989, p.42.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Gunston, Bill. World Encyclopedia of Aero Engines. Cambridge, England. Patrick Stephens Limited, 1989. ISBN 1-85260-163-9