Mr Björn Kindblom and Mr Lars Karlsson
Innovative solution from ABB saves the environment and increases reliability
Fuel costs and reliability are two of the most prominent issues facing ship owner/operators today. With new environmental legislation these factors will only increase in importance. Meanwhile, demand for seaborne trade is expected to grow.
Managing the performance of a ship’s engines increasingly requires information on a real-time basis. An optimized engine, where all cylinders are working in balance, uses less fuel and incurs less wear. An engine out of balance can quickly develop thermal and mechanical stress points that drag down fuel economy and increase maintenance costs.
ABB designed its Cylmate system specifically for continuous monitoring of the performance of two-stroke diesel engines used both in marine and stationary applications. Pressure transducers provide real-time measurement of compression in each cylinder. This combined with precise measurements of crank shaft position provide a detailed picture of the engine’s operation in real time so that combustion pressure can be tuned stroke by stroke.
Using Cylmate can reduce fuel consumption by 1 to 2 percent. That may not sound like a lot, but when you consider that large ships measure fuel consumption in tons per hour, even a small percentage gain will yield real savings. In fact, the payback time on a typical monitoring system is less than one year based on improved fuel economy alone.
Like other modes of transportation, ships are becoming more sophisticated and the majority is equipped with electronically controlled engines. As this has become the industry norm, continuous combustion pressure measurements have become standard.
One of the largest and most advanced container vessels today such as the massive Maersk “Triple-E” class rely on Cylmate to optimize engine operations and keep costs down.
The advance of engine technology is not limited to oceangoing vessels. Stationary engines used to generate electricity face the same challenges in terms of fuel efficiency and uptime.
Cylmate® - Combustion Pressure Transducer PFPL203
Recognized, verified and proven
Combustion pressure measurement is very challenging in the aggressive application of 2 stroke engines. The unique and reliable Cylmate pressure transducer has proven its maintenance- and calibration-free performance during years of continuous operation.
Over 500,000,000 strokes
Transducers installed for over a decade, and still in operation. User experience from several thousands of installed pressure transducers.
Accuracy over time
The measuring accuracy is not influenced by any clogging or heat flash from the combustion gases, which potentially could be a problem with other pressure transducers. Cylmate pressure transducers does not have any aging phenomena and is not affected by pressure cycling, temperature cycling, combustion gases or combustion residues. Therefore, the Cylmate pressure transducers do not need any recalibration. The transducer critical parts are made of Inconel.
Save money by tuning and controlling the combustion pressure stroke-by-stroke
Cylmate pressure transducers used on electronically controlled diesel engines enabling improved energy efficiency and lower the risk of off-hire costs.
Our customers are within
- Engine builders
- Engine designers
- Shipping companies
- Power plants