From Hercules A-B-C to Hercules-2: Cutting Edge R&D in Ship Engines

This paper provides an overview of the HERCULES Research & Development (R&D) programme on large engine technologies. The main issues in marine engine design and operation have always been reliability, fuel economy and (since 2000) emissions. With the ongoing R&D efforts, the issue of emissions will be resolved in the coming years, with the application of advanced, albeit somewhat complex technology and combinations of after-treatment, combustion techniques and control systems. Further issues to ensure lifelong reliability and economy are operational optimization, health monitoring and adaptive control over the lifetime of the powerplant. The current running project HERCULES-2 is targeting at a fuel-flexible large marine engine, optimally adaptive to its operating environment. The HERCULES-2 is the next phase of the R&D programme HERCULES, which was initiated in 2004 as a joint vision by the two major European engine manufacturer groups MAN and WARTSILA. Three consecutive projects namely HERCULES - A, -B, -C spanned the years 2004-2014. These three projects produced excellent results and received worldwide interest. The targets of HERCULES-2 build upon and surpass the targets of the previous HERCULES projects, going beyond the limits set by the regulatory authorities.


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  • Accession Number: 01606321
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 29 2016 8:29AM