Detonation Gas Cycle Turbine (DCGT)

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TTE owns an exclusive global license for the manufacturing and marketing of a highly innovative, low emissions turbine-based truck engine known as the Detonation Cycle Gas Turbine (DCGT) engine. Its patented cyclic detonation technology, when completed, could revolutionize the heavy-duty truck engine market.

The DCGT engine

  • has no pistons or valves; and uses no lube oil, filters or pumps
  • uses over 30% less fuel than current engine technologies
  • significantly reduces nitrogen oxide (NO, NO2, N2O2) and carbon monoxide (CO) emissions
  • operates on all fuels: hydrocarbon, hydrogen and synthetic
  • has flex-fuel and mixed fuels capability
  • has few moving parts, requiring less maintenance
  • has a high power-to-weight ratio
  • is lightweight (less than 2 lbs. per hp)
  • is air cooled
  • has cold start capability

The DCGT engine is powered by an innovative new electromagnetic isothermal combustion process that produces complete combustion of fuel-oxidizer mixtures in cyclic detonations.

The high-pressure gasses produced by these detonations drive a unique turbine producing shaft horsepower. The engine’s unique combustion process allows the DCGT to operate with blower air at low static pressure, negating the necessity of compressing and preheating fuel-oxidizer mixtures prior to combustion. Once the compression of fuel-oxidizer mixtures has been eliminated, the engine both achieves higher thermal efficiency in a simplified mechanical structure, and provides significant advantages over current diesel, gasoline, and gas turbine engines.

Learn more about our Detonation Cycle Gas Turbine engine technology.

View photos and videos of our six DCGT prototype engines.

Learn more about the potential markets for our DCGT engines.

The DCGT in Depth:

About the Technology


Potential Markets

5th Generation DCGT Engine Rendering
2006 rendering of a TTE DCGT engine