RK280: Cutting A New Path

Friday, January 11, 2002
The RK280 from the MAN B&W Diesel stable offers the best of both worlds, in that it was designed and built using the accumulated experience garnered since Rudolf Diesel introduced the diesel engine in 1893, melded with modern engine making methodologies which include predictive engineering techniques such as Finite Element Analysis, Dynamic Analysis, Thermodynamic Cycle Simulations and Fluid Dynamic Analysis. Incorporated into this new engine are the results of extensive field study and experience was gained from the RK270 series, which have performed well in the fast ferry, naval and power generation sectors. The new unit is billed by its maker as "the most powerful and fuel efficient 1,000 rpm diesel engine in the world." Marketing claims and bragging rights notwithstanding, the unit does boast some convincing numbers, as evidenced by the attached charts.

Available in 12, 16 and 20 cylinder V formats, with a continuous rated power of up to 9,000 kWb, the RK280 embodies the continuation of the "less is more" trend, in that particular attention has been paid to reducing the component count of the engine and minimizing the maintenance activities necessary. In addition, the engine has a slim profile and clean lines, and with ease of maintenance and installation in mind, it incorporates integrated passages and pipes that result in its compact dimensions. Also, the engine comes complete with lube oil coolers, filters and all thermostatic valves, reducing the volume of separately connected ancillary equipment required.

The crankcase is machined from spheroidal graphite cast iron and features underslung main bearings, which are retained by two vertical studs and two cross bolts per side for overall stiffness. The main bearing caps are secured by hydraulically tensioned studs to ensure maximum integrity of the crankcase system. The engine has a 52 degree vee angle, which is said to minimize torsional effects, and allows location of the intercooler within the engine vee, effectively reducing engine height.

Maritime Reporter February 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Barril Appointed COO of SBM Offshore

SBM Offshore is pleased to announce the appointment of Philippe Barril as Chief Operating Officer (COO) effective March 1, 2015.  Philippe's appointment as a

Zamakona, Finnish GS-Hydro Ink Deal

The presentation ceremony of the Finnish multinational leader in water services GS-Hydro, new partner of Zamakona Yards in Canarias was held yesterday (January 29th at 7 p.

Naval EXPO Coming to Washington

For the first time ever, the general public will be admitted free to the Naval Future Force Science and Technology EXPO general exhibit hall Feb. 4-5 where they

Marine Propulsion

Wärtsilä to Power LNG-fueled RoPax Ferry

A ferry being built for Sweden’s Rederi AB Gotland will be fueled by LNG, featuring a Wärtsilä integrated solution which includes a complete LNG powered propulsion- and fuel storage and supply system,

First Container for LNG Hybrid Barge

The HUMMEL (bumblebee) LNG Hybrid Barge will enable Becker Marine Systems to supply low-emission power to cruise ships lying at port in Hamburg. The first container

IntelliJet: Cleantech Propulsion for High Speed Applicatios

IntelliJet Marine, Inc. will present a paper on propulsion and computer simulation for sustainable high speed boats and ships at ASNE Day 2015.   Jeff Jordan

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Standards Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1771 sec (6 req/sec)