FCT was commissioned by the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (SOCOG) to develop a combustion system for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games Relay Torch and worked with our research partner, the University of Adelaide, to meet the challenge. The scope requested by SOCOG was for a flame to achieve the following:
These specifications, particularly the environmental criteria, were significantly stricter than for previous torch designs. FCT and the University of Adelaide therefore conducted an extensive R&D program to develop a unique fuel and combustion system that performed to SOCOG’s expectations. This program resulted in the development of a liquid draw fuel system and the patented crinkle burner combustor.
Di Henry, SOCOG’s Event Director of the Torch Relay, congratulated FCT, writing that the FCT team “… should be congratulated for your commitment, professionalism and success in the design of a technically superior combustion system which delivered flawlessly in 14 countries over 127 days. … The specifications on performance were clearly met and exceeded, and the project was delivered on time and on budget meeting all of our needs.”
Watch the video of Opening Ceremony – Sydney 2000 Olympics