MAN Diesel & Turbo is to build a new test-engine facility in collaboration with its two-stroke licensee, HHI-EMD, Hyundai Heavy Industries engine and machinery division. 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.
The new venture will expand MAN Diesel & Turbo’s R&D test capacity and strengthen its development of dual-fuel gas engines. The facility will be the first test engine with online remote control, helping MAN in its digitisation strategy. The test engine will also be connected to MAN Diesel & Turbo’s research and control centre in Copenhagen, enabling the company’s research engineers to closely follow and enhance the testing of future engine technologies.
Lars Juliussen, Senior Manager and Head of MAN Diesel & Turbo’s Diesel Research Centre, Copenhagen says: “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.”
The new test engine set-up will also include MAN Diesel & Turbo’s own ME-GI Pump Vaporizer Unit (ME-GI PVU), a cost-efficient high-pressure liquid natural gas (LNG) supply unit that makes fuel gas supply system (FGSS) installations significantly more compact, reducing both cost and weight.
The ME-GI PVU pressurises and vaporises 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 quick and precise control of the LNG supply to the engine. Separate control of each pump head provides full redundancy.
The ME-GI PVU is governed by a control system that includes supervision and safety functions, featuring a high degree of integration with the ME-GI engine control system.