Junkers Jumo 204

The Jumo 204 was an opposed-piston, inline, liquid-cooled 6-cylinder aircraft Diesel engine produced by the German manufacturer Junkers. It entered service in 1932. Later engines in the series, the Jumo 205, Jumo 206, Jumo 207 and Jumo 208, differed in stroke, bore, and supercharging arrangements.

Jumo 204
Jumo205 cutview.JPG
Cut away view of a Jumo 205, a decreased capacity version of the Jumo 204
Type Aircraft Diesel engine
Manufacturer Junkers
First run 1929
Developed into Junkers Jumo 205

Design and developmentEdit

Development of the Junkers diesel engines started in the 1920s with the Junkers Fo3 and Junkers Fo4/Junkers SL1. The Fo4 was re-designated Junkers 4, which in turn was re-designated Junkers Jumo 204 by the Reichsluftfahrtministerium (RLM), where the first number indicates the manufacturer; 2 – Junkers Motoren.[1]

These engines used a two-stroke cycle with six cylinders and twelve pistons, in an opposed piston configuration with two crankshafts, one at the bottom of the cylinder block and the other at the top, geared together. The pistons moved towards each other during the operating cycle. Intake and exhaust ports were duplicated at both ends of the block. There were two cam-operated injection pumps per cylinder, each feeding two nozzles, totaling four nozzles per cylinder.

As is typical of two-stroke designs, the Jumos used fixed intake and exhaust ports instead of valves, which were uncovered when the pistons reached a certain point in their stroke. Normally such designs have poor volumetric efficiency because both ports open and close at the same time and are generally located across from each other in the cylinder. This leads to poor scavenging of the burnt charge, which is why valve-less two-strokes generally run smoky and are inefficient.

The Jumo 204 solved this problem to a very large degree through a better arrangement of the ports. The intake port was located under the "lower" piston, while the exhaust port was under the "upper". The lower crankshaft ran eleven degrees behind the upper, meaning that the exhaust ports opened first, allowing proper scavenging. This system made the two-stroke Jumos run as cleanly as four-stroke engines using valves, but with considerably less complexity.

The Jumo 204 (originally designated Jumo 4) was test flown in early 1929 installed in a Junkers G 24.

The Jumo Fo3 and 204 were licensed to Napier & Son, who built a small number as the Napier Culverin just prior to the war. Late in the war, they mounted three Culverins in a triangle layout to produce the Napier Deltic, which was for some time one of the most powerful and compact diesel engines in the world.


Data from Junkers Aircraft & Engines 1913–1945.[1]

A research diesel engine for test bed use only, the Mo3 was a four-cylinder, (eight piston), opposed-piston engine designed to run horizontally. Tested from 1913, the problems found in testing the Mo3 were progressively solved after World War I with the Fo3 and later opposed piston diesels.
From 1924, Junkers experimented with the Fo3, A vertical 5-cyl. opposed-piston diesel, which ran on a test bed in the summer of 1926, developing 620 kW (830 hp) at 1,200 rpm. Mostly successful, the Fo3 did highlight the need for accurate dynamic balancing of the rotating components.
(a.k.a. SL1) The Fo4, benefiting from the experience gained with the Fo3, was a six-cylinder opposed-piston diesel engine, tested from 1928 and flown in the nose of a Junkers G.24 from 30 August 1929.
Jumo 4
After the successful bench runs and flight tests, the Fo4 was refined into the certificated Jumo 4, enjoying limited success powering re-engined Junkers F24kay airliners of Deutsche Luft Hansa, remaining in service until 1939.
Jumo 204
Later production of refined Jumo 4s: Jumo 204A, 204B, and 204C, differing in airscrew drive arrangements.
Napier Culverin
The Jumo 204 and 205 were licensed to Napier, who built a small number of Jumo 204 developments as the Napier Culverin just prior to the war. After the war, they mounted three Culverins in a triangle layout to produce the Napier Deltic, which was for some time one of the most powerful and compact diesel engines in the world. Work on this engine started in 1947 and engines were running by 1950.


Specifications (Jumo 204A)Edit

Data from Flugzeug-Typenbuch. Handbuch der deutschen Luftfahrt- und Zubehör-Industrie 1944,[3] Der Flugmotor. Bauteile und Baumuster,[4] and Schweitzer[5]

General characteristics

  • Type: 6-cylinder air-cooled inverted inline
  • Bore: 120 mm (4.72 in)
  • Stroke: 210 mm (8.27 in) x2
  • Displacement: 28.5 l (1,739.18 cu in)
  • Length: 1,457 mm (57.4 in)
  • Width: 510 mm (20.1 in)
  • Height: 1,514 mm (59.6 in)
  • Dry weight: 750 kg (1,653 lb) dry, unequipped


  • Fuel system: direct injection through four nozzles per cylinder
  • Fuel type: Diesel fuel
  • Oil system: dry sump, pressure feed with scavenge
  • Cooling system: liquid-cooled


  • Power output:
  • 750 PS (740 hp; 552 kW) at 1,700 rpm (5 minutes) at sea level
  • 600 PS (592 hp; 441 kW) at 1,600 rpm (max. continuous) at sea level

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Kay, Antony (2004). Junkers Aircraft & Engines 1913–1945. London: Putnam Aeronautical Books. ISBN 0-85177-985-9.
  2. ^ "Longer Range of Diesel Plane Cuts Fuel Cost". Popular Mechanic. 64 (6): 893. December 1935. Retrieved 4 February 2020.
  3. ^ Schneider, Helmut (Dipl.Ing.) (1944). Flugzeug-Typenbuch. Handbuch der deutschen Luftfahrt- und Zubehör-Industrie 1944 (in German) (Facsimile reprint 1986 ed.). Leipzig: Herm. Beyer Verlag. p. 396. ISBN 381120484X.
  4. ^ Katz, Hans (Dr.Ing) (1940). Der Flugmotor. Bauteile und Baumuster. Luftfahrt Lehrbücherei Band 7. Berlin: de Gruyter.
  5. ^ Paul Henry Schweitzer: Scavenging of two-stroke cycle Diesel engines, Macmillan, New York 1949, Table 18–I

Further readingEdit

  • Gunston, Bill (2006). World Encyclopedia of Aero Engines: From the Pioneers to the Present Day (5th ed.). Stroud, UK: Sutton. ISBN 0-7509-4479-X.*

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