Rolls-Royce Presents MTU Ship Automation System for the Future at DSEI


By The Maritime Executive 09-08-2017 09:20:09

The DSEI Defence and Security Exhibition in London (September 12–15, ExCel) will see Rolls-Royce premiering the new Equipment Health Monitoring function available with MTU’s Callosum Ship Automation System (Stand S6 210). The Callosum extension provides a real-time picture of the status of the vessel and its propulsion system. In addition, Rolls-Royce will be showcasing the entire portfolio of MTU propulsion and drive solutions for naval vessels and land-based defence vehicles from frigates and submarines to armoured fighting vehicles. The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.

With Callosum and its latest Equipment Health Monitoring (EHM) capability, Rolls-Royce is able to offer the automation system of the future on a platform that has been convincingly proven many times over under operational conditions. Callosum utilizes the latest analysis techniques and machine learning based on digital measurement data to prevent faults and match maintenance to actual equipment condition. As a result, maintenance needs and life-cycle costs are reduced to a minimum whilst availability and planning reliability for operational forces are increased. Visitors to the exhibition stand will be able to view a simulation of the EHM extension for Callosum that today already meets the requirements modern naval forces can expect to encounter in future.

MTU’s advanced Series 4000 engines for governmental vessels are likewise designed to meet future demands, utilizing SCR exhaust gas aftertreatment systems developed by MTU to ensure compliance with IMO III and EPA Tier 4 emissions regulations. Available from 2018, Series 4000 units are fuel-optimized and performance-enhanced. A model of the 20V-version of the engine with SCR technology will be on show at the exhibition stand.

The stand at DSEI will also feature models of the new 16V 8000 engines and the advanced diesel genset for submarines based on the company’s Series 4000 units. MTU’s 16-cylinder Series 8000 engine will be available from 2018. The unit delivers up to 8,000 kW at 1,150 rpm and is characterized by its low total cost of ownership, high power density and its environmentally friendly credentials.

In 2016, Rolls-Royce delivered the first MTU Series 4000 diesel gensets for submarines. The unit generates 1,300 kW and fully utilizes the potential of Li-ion battery technology, achieving significantly shorter charging times. Reduced fuel consumption also means the new gensets increase the operational range of submarines with the same size tank.

As a system partner for manufacturers and governmental authorities, in addition to engines, Rolls-Royce also supplies complete propulsion, automation and service solutions from MTU. The company’s product range is demonstrated on the stand by a model showing complex ship propulsion systems with different main propulsion engines and on-board power gensets from MTU.

Rolls-Royce is also showcasing the latest drive technology from MTU for defence vehicles. In this area, the company’s stand highlights an actual MTU drive unit for the British Army’s new Ajax fighting vehicle. Delivering 600 kW and unrivalled reliability, the 8V 199 TE21 engine sets the benchmark in its performance class. Rolls-Royce has already supplied around 75 of the 589 MTU engines projected for the Ajax family of vehicles.

The Rolls-Royce stand also includes a modular scale model of the MTU PowerPack based on the Series 890 engine illustrating just how compact this drive system is. MTU’s Series 890 features extremely high power density and low space requirements. Compared to other defence engines in the same performance class, MTU has achieved weight and volume reductions of around 60%. This creates extraordinary flexibility in terms of integration in existing as well as new vehicles and makes the engine the ideal drive unit for a range of future vehicle projects. Along with the engine, the PowerPack also includes the gearbox, starter-generator and the cooling and air-filtration system.

MTU’s product portfolio for governmental applications covers engines for land-based defence vehicles in the 160 to 2,016 kW power range and engines for naval applications from 269 to 10,000 kW. MTU engines are in operation in cutting-edge vehicles throughout the world from armoured fighting vehicles, mine-clearing vehicles and recovery vehicles to frigates, minesweepers and submarines.

About Rolls-Royce Holdings plc

Rolls-Royce’s vision is to be the market-leader in high performance power systems where our engineering expertise, global reach and deep industry knowledge deliver outstanding customer relationships and solutions. We operate across five businesses: Civil Aerospace, Defence Aerospace, Marine, Nuclear and Power Systems.

Rolls-Royce Power Systems is headquartered in Friedrichshafen in southern Germany and employs around 10,000 people. The product portfolio includes MTU-brand high-speed engines and propulsion systems for ships, power generation, heavy land, rail and defence vehicles and for the oil and gas industry. Under the MTU Onsite Energy brand, the company markets diesel gensets for emergency, base load and peak load applications as well as cogeneration plants using gas engines for the combined generation of heat and power. Bergen medium-speed engines power ships and power generation applications. L’Orange completes the portfolio with fuel injection systems for large engines.

Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 150 countries, comprising more than 400 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces, 4,000 marine customers including 70 navies, and more than 5,000 power and nuclear customers.

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