Rolls-Royce Exhibits Naval Defence Propulsion and System Solutions at Euronaval

Under the brand MTU, Rolls-Royce will be presenting propulsion and system solutions for the naval defence and marine sectors at the Euronaval exhibition in Paris from 27 to 31 October (Hall B2, Stand F38).

The focus will be on the new diesel gensets based on Series 1600 and Series 4000, advanced developments on the proven Series 1163 main propulsion unit and the Callosum automation system. The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems within the Land & Sea division of Rolls-Royce.

The MTU stand will be showcasing a full-size Series 1600 marine genset. The unit rounds off the MTU genset portfolio which now covers the full performance range from 250 to 2850 kWe. The genset is based on the versatile, robust and fuel-efficient 6-cylinder in-line Type 6R 1600 M20 engine which has demonstrated its benefits in numerous land applications and was now especially developed further as a drive unit for onboard gensets. It produces 269 kWmec at 1500 rpm (50 Hertz) and 323 kWmec at 1800 rpm (60 Hertz).

This latest unit sets new standards for overall operating costs and environmental benefits. Its common-rail injection system and electronic engine control deliver fuel consumption rates below 200 g/kWh as well as extremely low exhaust emissions. The engine meets IMO II and EPA III emissions targets and is correspondingly certificated. To ensure that the engine delivers maximum operational availability, MTU has applied its tried-and-tested preventive maintenance concept that offers longer-than-average maintenance intervals.

In addition, this engine offers a high level of versatility by complying with classification specifications for commercial applications as well as meeting demanding civilian and defence standards for acoustics, shock and magnetic signature performance. Since this engine is manufactured using the same processes employed for larger MTU marine engines it also meets the stringent demands set for Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) by navies and coast guards. MTU offers guaranteed spare parts availability for at least 25 years after delivery.

MTU’s program at the exhibition also includes a model of the advanced Series 4000-based diesel genset for submarines that produces 1,300 kW. The unit is currently under development and is scheduled to become available in 2016. This genset allows operators to make full use of the potential offered by Li-ion battery technology and makes a low indiscretion rate possible with significantly reduced charging cycles. Fuel consumption has been considerably reduced in comparison with Series 396, achieving a significant increase in travel range with the same size fuel tank. The genset can also be run in optimized emissions and acoustics mode so that IMO Tier II emissions specifications are met in surface operation.

A cross-sectional model of the latest generation of the successful Series 1163 main propulsion unit can also be viewed on the MTU stand. Available in 12V, 16V and 20V cylinder configurations, the 1163 series covers a performance range from 3,600 to 7,400 kW and is in service throughout the world in applications such as frigates and coast guard vessels. For power-to-weight and power-to-volume performance, this engine is the world champion in its class. The latest version of the engine achieves IMO Tier II emissions targets using in-engine technology only and without exhaust aftertreatment systems. The latest common-rail injection system is one of the factors that made it possible to further improve the already high efficiency of the engine.

As a systems provider, MTU also supplies ship automation systems tailored to the propulsion system in use. Developed in-house, MTU’s own user-friendly, cutting-edge Callosum automation system monitors and provides optimum control for the entire vessel. The range of functions can be flexibly extended using tailor-made software modules for Damage Control, Onboard and Land-based Training and Maintenance Support. The Callosum automation system has been fully updated and is now entirely based on a COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) hardware platform making it more accessible and flexible than the previous generation. Since its introduction in 2008, Callosum has proved itself in demanding applications with navies and coast guards around the world.

On its stand at the exhibition, MTU will also provide information about its current IMO Tier II certificated 2000, 4000, 8000 and 396 engine series which are in operation in vessels including frigates, corvettes, coast guard ships, patrol boats, amphibian craft and other special-purpose vessels. MTU will also be showcasing a model of a vessel with an MTU-developed propulsion system that combines diesel engines and a gas turbine to achieve maximum operational efficiency and flexibility (CODAG – Combined Diesel and Gas Turbine).

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