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MAN and HHI-EMD to build test engine facility

MAN Diesel & Turbo says it aims to strengthen its development of dual-fuel gas engines.



MAN Diesel & Turbo's ME-GI Pump Vaporizer Unit (ME-GI PVU). Image credit: MAN Diesel & Turbo


Updated on 21 Mar 2018 12:17 GMT

MAN Diesel & Turbo has announced that it will build a new test engine facility in collaboration with its two-stroke licensee, HHI-EMD, the engine and machinery division of Hyundai Heavy Industries.

The new venture aims to expand MAN Diesel & Turbo's R&D test capacity and strengthen its development of dual-fuel gas engines.

The test and gas facility will be located in Ulsan, Korea, at HHI-EMD's works, and is scheduled to begin operation in early 2019. It will be the first test engine with online remote control, supporting MAN's digitisation strategy. In this respect, the test engine will also be connected to MAN Diesel & Turbos research and control centre in Copenhagen, enabling the company's research engineers to closely follow and enhance the testing of future engine technologies.

ME-GI Pump Vaporizer Unit

The new test engine set-up will also feature MAN Diesel & Turbo's own ME-GI Pump Vaporizer Unit (ME-GI PVU) - a high-pressure LNG supply unit that is said to make fuel gas supply system (FGSS) installations significantly more compact - reducing both cost and weight.

The ME-GI PVU is designed to pressurise and vaporise the LNG fuel to the exact pressure and temperature required by ME-GI engines. Gas pressure is controlled via control of hydraulic oil flow to the pump, ensuring a very quick and precise control of the LNG supply to the engine. Separate control of each pump head provides full redundancy.

Furthermore, the ME-GI PVU is governed by a control system - including supervision and safety functions that feature a high degree of integration with the ME-GI engine control system.

The ME-GI PVU was recently launched by MAN PrimeServ in Copenhagen and is available in five different sizes covering MAN Diesel and Turbo's two-stroke ME-GI engine programme.

Lars Juliussen - Senior Manager and Head of MAN Diesel & Turbo's Diesel Research Centre, Copenhagen - said: "The testing of our engine technology is an essential part of our continued pursuit of delivering the marine segment's best two-stroke engines. This new test set-up will enable us to further advance our pursuit of highly reliable and environmentally-friendly technology with a strong focus on cost-competitive gas engines and related equipment."

Juliussen added: "This marks a new, exciting chapter in MAN Diesel & Turbo's long history and we are very happy to work with Hyundai, our long-time licensee."






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