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Jan 09, 2009, 08:49 AM
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Cold Weather Operation


I am working on a project that involves running a JetCat P80 in a ground test stand. We are just about ready to start running, but here in Ohio the weather is getting cold as it should in January. Unfortunately we need to run outdoors in the cold. Does anyone have experience running their engine in sub 0 deg C weather? And what do you need to do differently to get it started. Any ECU problems in the cold? etc.

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Jan 09, 2009, 03:45 PM
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If starting on gas just make sure that the gas canister is warm so the gas will flow. Other than that you should be good to go.
Jan 10, 2009, 12:31 PM
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We will be starting on gas, and should be able to keep it at room temperature until just before starting.

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Jan 10, 2009, 12:59 PM
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Also Lipo batteries don't like cold either
Jan 13, 2009, 08:38 PM
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Speaking from personal experience and running at -30c temps, the rubber o-rings in your solenoid valves gas/fuel may tend to become hard and leak also. Makes it hard to get consistently reliable starts I found. And yes "DO" keep your start gas cylinder warm as well, maybe just keep the test rig indoors as long as possible prior to running. No problems with the ECU's (FADEC, TEMS) I have used either


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