What is the difference between high, medium and low speed engines?

Diesel engines can be split into three different types: High-speed, medium-speed and low-speed. So, what’s the difference? High-speed engines run at around 1200rpm or more and are generally found in smaller applications such as cars, trucks or construction vehicles, or powering generators. As the name suggests, medium-speed engines sit between high and low-speed engines, running … Continued

Who invented the turbocharger?

Alfred Büchi patented a ‘highly supercharged compound engine’ in 1905, describing an axial compressor, a radial piston engine and an axial turbine on the same shaft. The idea of using turbomachinery to recover exhaust energy to drive the supercharging compressor was born. Not long after, while Büchi was still making a name for himself, engineering … Continued

Why are compressor maps important for turbocharging?

It’s critical that a turbocharger matches your engine and requirements perfectly if you want the best results, and that’s where compressor maps come in. A compressor map basically shows the operating area of a turbocharger’s compressor, providing transparency over how the turbocharger is performing, and in turn enabling us to turn data into actionable insights. … Continued

What is two-stage turbocharging?

While the principle of recovering exhaust gasses remains the same, not all turbochargers are created equal Two-stage turbocharging provides even more scope for efficiency than a traditional turbocharger, featuring two compressor and turbine stages rather than a single solution. The initial low-pressure stage feeds a high-pressure stage, enabling engine builders to increase compression ratios far … Continued

What’s the lifetime of a turbocharger?

When properly maintained, turbochargers can last for decades, helping to make engines more efficient for the lifetime of your equipment. Global towage operator Svitzer has run some of Accelleron’s turbochargers on its fleet of 440 vessels for more than 30 years, and the Accelleron RR221-14 turbochargers aboard the Svitzer Sarah are a great example of … Continued

How much fuel can a turbocharger help me to save?

Using an example of an average 2,000 kW engine with a 25-year lifecycle at 50% load, there’s a huge difference between turbocharged and naturally aspirated engines when it comes to fuel efficiency. The turbocharged version is likely to be around 14% more efficient, requiring 41,600 tons of fuel compared to 48,200 tons for the naturally … Continued

How much difference can a turbocharger make when it comes to emissions?

Using an example of an average 2,000 kW engine with a 25-year lifecycle at 50% load, CO2 emissions are likely to see a 14% decrease, with the ship owner/operator saving 23,000 tons of CO2 over 25 years simply by opting for a turbocharged engine. NOx emissions are reduced by 9%, at 2,900 tons compared to … Continued

How much difference can a turbocharger make to my engine?

When you start to drill down into the numbers, turbocharging can offer unbeatable value for customers. For example, turbochargers for two-stroke engines commonly used in container, tanker and bulker ships can provide up to 400% more power at a price that’s considerably less than 1% of the vessel’s cost. Turbochargers on both two-stroke and four-stroke … Continued

How does a turbocharger make my engine more efficient?

The turbine within your turbocharger recovers a part of the exhaust energy which would have been otherwise lost, by expanding exhaust gases around a rotating wheel. This turbine wheel is driven into rotation and its mechanical power is transmitted to the compressor, which vacuums fresh air from ambient and compresses it toward the engine intake … Continued

What is a turbocharger?

A turbocharger is an auxiliary component that helps to improve internal combustion engine power density and efficiency by recovering and reusing exhaust gases. This helps to make the engine it’s attached to considerably more efficient, with multiple benefits that include the ability to use a much smaller engine delivering the same power output as a … Continued