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MAN unveils powerful new four-stroke flag ship

Written by Nick Blenkey
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MAN 12V45/60CR

SEPTEMBER 13, 2017 — MAN has revealed the successor to its 48/60CR engine in the company’s 4x line of high-performance diesel engines.

The MAN 45/60CR marine diesel engine will initially be available as 12V and 14V versions that offer power outputs, of 15,600 and 18,200 kW respectively, with inline versions following at a later stage. For land-based power generation applications, MAN has developed the maximum power version, the 20V45/60. delivering 26 MW.

MAN Diesel & Turbo says that the 45/60CR’s power increase and low consumption are particularly aimed at such key, lifecycle-cost-oriented applications as cruise liners, RoPax ferries, RoRo vessels, and dredges. The company is making the 45/60CR engine available first as 12V and 14V versions with 6L to 10L variants to follow later. The engine has been conceived from the beginning as a family concept that will accommodate future derivatives, for example, such as a dual-fuel derivative.

The first set of V-type engines will be available from end-2020 with delivery of the first L-type engines due from 2022.

“The new engine combines the best features of the current 48/60CR, such as MAN’s common-rail system with ECOMAP capability, and adds new technologies such as two-stage turbocharging for an unrivaled specific fuel oil consumption,” said Wayne Jones, Chief Sales Officer of MAN Diesel & Turbo. “The resultant reduction in operating expenses and positive environmental impact are sure to attract strong market interest.”

Jones added: “With this engine, innovative engineering meets the vast experience of a world market-leader in four-stroke engine design. MAN’s 4x family has accumulated millions of operating hours all over the world and we have listened closely to the needs of our customers. Accordingly, we knew exactly where we wanted to go in engineering the next generation of this global success story: We were aiming for a game-changing level in power density and efficiency, and we accomplished that mission.”

Dr. Gunnar Stiesch, Head of Engineering Engines at MAN Diesel & Turbo, said: “Next to a frontloading approach, using thermodynamic engine process calculations, we used computational fluid dynamics to simulate and optimize the combustion process. Also, finite elements analysis was used to optimize the engine’s mechanical strength and vibration behavior. We then put the power unit to the test on the world’s largest, four-stroke, single-cylinder test engine and started the experimental optimization and validation phase.”

The new engine is also a new centerpiece of MAN’s extended systems approach which is reflected in the company’s latest generation digital safety and control system, SaCoS 5000. Following a decentralized design concept, SaCoS 5000 offers unprecedented data availability and optimized alarm visualization and diagnosis.

“Thanks to the new SaCoS, the MAN 45/60CR is not only online-ready but also equipped for the digital future of power generation,” said Stiesch.

The two-stage turbocharger module rounds off the MAN 45/60CR’s profile.

MAN Diesel & Turbo is the pioneer in developing and operating two-stage turbocharging for large-bore engines, a concept which achieves excellent efficiency thanks to a low-pressure and a high-pressure turbocharger arranged in series.

“We are the only company in the market that develops both engine and turbochargers,” says Stiesch. “This unique, in-house competence allows us to truly tailor-design this engine for optimized two-stage turbocharging and to unleash its full potential. It’s also noteworthy that, despite the turbocharging being two-stage, load pick-up behavior is the same as for the single-stage turbocharged 48/60CR engine. Operators thus profit from maximized peak pressure and optimal utilization of the Miller Cycle.”

Shipping faces constant demands to increase efficiency and comply with ever more stringent emissions regulations.

The MAN V45/60CR engine enables owners and operators to meet these demands, while simultaneously optimizing operating expenses with unrivaled, low levels of fuel-consumption. Through increasing standardization and use of modular sub-components, the new MAN V45/60CR engine also allows faster installation and easier maintenance.

The engine meets IMO Tier II, while IMO Tier III is met with MAN’s in-house, compact SCR system; the engine is shortly scheduled for approval by all major classification societies.

The 45/60CR is suitable for use in a wide range of marine applications, especially applications with high power-demands. Its primary focus is on reliable power generation, performance flexibility and superior efficiency in either diesel-electric or diesel-mechanical configurations.

Calculations, based on a representative load-profile of a cruise vessel, show that a ship operating with an MAN 45/60CR engine can enjoy a fuel-oil cost benefit of 5 to 12% in comparison with a vessel powered by an equivalent engine from other manufacturers. For a cruise vessel of around 120,000 – 150,000 gross tonnage with 60 – 65 MW of installed power and an assumed fuel price of 500 EUR/t, this translates into annual savings of 0.9 to 2.4 million EUR when employing the 45/60CR.

The MAN V45/60CR can be combined with the innovative MAN ECOMAP 2.0 technology that gives operators the flexibility to run an engine following different SFOC power characteristics, facilitating optimal efficiency at different load points. The latest development with this innovative technology is the integration of the MAN SCR system into ECOMAP, offering further possibilities to optimize the efficiency of the propulsion system, taking into account fuel and urea prices.

This offers operators a whole new dimension of unrivaled operational flexibility, and completely new opportunities for optimal economic operation – regardless of prevailing consumable prices.

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