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Design and experimental development of a new electronically controlled cylinder lubrication system for the large two-stroke crosshead diesel engines

He, Yuhai and Zhou, Peilin and Xie, Liangtao and Zhang, Jiyun (2019) Design and experimental development of a new electronically controlled cylinder lubrication system for the large two-stroke crosshead diesel engines. International Journal of Engine Research. ISSN 1468-0874

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    Abstract

    Accurate, stable and reliable lubrication for the cylinders is very important to ensure the trouble-free operation of the marine diesel engines. A new electronically controlled cylinder lubrication system has been developed to remedy the defects of the conventional mechanical lubrication system. This new system’s design method, composition and implementation are described. The sensitivity tests are conducted on the test bench and the verification tests are also fulfilled on operating vessels. The main performance data are as follows: oil injection pressure about 3.0 MPa, oil injection timing precision 0.1 ms, oil injection duration 15 °CA or less. The oil injection concentrates onto the piston rings pack to ensure the good lubrication and neutralization, and the oil injection frequency is regulated according to engine load, the sulphur content in fuel, total base number of cylinder oil, cylinder liner running-in condition and so on. This results in the cylinder oil consumption rate falling approximately 25% compared with that of the conventional mechanical lubrication system. As a retrofit on vessels in service, the lubrication system has been fitted more than 120 main engines and has a payback period of less than 2 years.