Rotary Engines and Ceramics Application Laboratory (RECAL)

Rotary Engines and Ceramics Application Laboratory (RECAL)

RECAL is associated with the design, development and testing of power plants for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). This laboratory can design and develop Wankel Rotary Combustion engine of 1 to 120 hp power range. The facility has successfully developed and flight tested a 55 hp Wankel engine for DRDO’s tactical UAV. Further this engine has been airworthiness certified by CEMILAC. Presently, this facility is involved in the development of a 65 hp Wankel rotary engine for an upgraded UAV of DRDO. The spin-off  Wankel engine versions are being adapted for other applications like compact generator, out-board motor, powered hang glider, boats and hybrid vehicles.


Wankel engine mounted in a thrust test rig


Salient features of RECAL:

  • Expertise in design and development of Wankel Rotary Combustion Engines
  • Engine-propeller thrust test rig
  • Eddy current dynamometer
  • Motoring test rig
  • Engine vibration measurement system
  • In-cylinder pressure measurement system
  • Engine exhaust gas emission analyser


Major Clients:


Last updated on : 22-03-2019 11:07:31am