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Westinghouse Proclaims ICR Engine
A Success At NYC Meeting
Westinghouse said a project for developing a fuel-saving engine for the Navy was moving along well at a Feb. 15 joint meeting of the New
York Metropolitan section of the
Society of Marine Engineers and
Naval Architects (SNAME), the
American Society of Naval Engi- neers (ASNE), and the Institute of
Marine Engineers (IME).
Westinghouse is the overall con- tractor of the WR-21 Intercooled
Recuperated (ICR) engine for the
U.S. Navy, the project having been developed with industry leaders like
Rolls-Royce and Allied-Signal Aero- space Systems and Equipment.
According to John Chiprich,
ICR Project/Applications engineer- ing manager, the project is a suc- cess, with projections met or sur- passed—and the Navy has even ac- celerated the timetable. The ICR promises the following: • Efficiency. "The biggest attrac- tions are fuel efficiency and opera- tional range," said Mr. Chiprich. "It's a relatively flat consumption curve." The WR-21 incorporates an intercooler and recuperator into the normal engine cycle. The inter- cooler cools air entering the high pressure compressor, reducing the work necessary to compress the air and keep the high pressure com- pressor discharge temperature down to increase the effectiveness of the recuperator.
The result, according to Mr.
Chiprich, is elevated power output for given air flow. Using gas turbine exhaust air, the recuperator pre- heats the combustion air, report- edly improving cycle efficiency. Mr.
Chiprich said firing temperature is maintained at a nearly constant level over the full power range to maximize cycle efficiency, resulting in 30 percent less fuel usage against a typical Navy operating profile. At 26,400 hp, the engine is required to have a specific fuel consumption of
Cross-section .36 lb/hp-hr. The engine is rated 29,000 hp at 100 degrees Fahren- heit, 40 percent relative humidity at sea level. • Environmental Friendliness. By using variable area turbine nozzles, firing temperatures are maintained nearly constant even at low power levels, reducing CO and unburned hydrocarbon emissions. • Ease of Installation. The engine has removable panels for mainte- nance flexibility, and the package is relatively small: 315 inches (8,001 mm) long, 104 inches (2,642 mm) wide and 180 inches (4,572 mm) high at the recuperator housing. It weighs 110,000 lbs. (41,602 kg) on the mounts, with a total package weight of 120,000 lbs., as per Navy the ICR engine, requirements. • Cost Effectiveness. Mr. Chiprich estimated the ICR would save the
Navy $1.5 million per year per ship, and the initial projection of 1,000 hours Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF)was increased to 1,600 hours in the finished product, decreasing maintenance and repair costs.
The engine is slated for installa- tion into an FY '96 DDG-51 Class destroyer, but commercial inquiries have reportedly already begun. "Pro- duction orders for commercial ves- sels can follow almost immediately,"
Mr. Chiprich said.
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Jackson Named New GM
David N. Jackson has joined
Williams Detroit Diesel-Allison as general manager of the Ohio region.
Mr. Jackson is working out of the company's Brunswick, Ohio office.
He is responsible for the manage- ment of five branch offices in Ohio, including Columbus, Cleveland (Brunswick), Akron, Youngstown and Toledo. Headquartered in Co- lumbus, Ohio, The W.W. Williams
Company, through its Williams De- troit Diesel-Allison subsidiaries, sells and services Detroit Diesel and
Perkins engines, Allison transmis- sions and related products.
IDB Mobile Signs Agreement
IDB Mobile Communications signed an agreement with Orbital
Communications Corporation to re- sell ORBCOMM global satellite ser- vices to marine industries. IDB Mo- bile offers mobile satellite services to commercial and private maritime, aviation and land mobile customers worldwide. IDB Mobile's target market for ORBCOMM services will be its more than 5,000 maritime communications customers for ship- ping, fishing fleets, oil rigs and tank- ers. IDB Mobile, the sixth largest
Inmarsat service provider in the world, delivers a full array of tele- communications services. For more information on IDB Mobile,
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Woods Joins Simrad-
Robertson As Sales Director
Craig Woods has joined Simrad-
Robertson as regional sales director based in Hauppage, N.Y. Mr.
Woods will head the sales and ser- vice efforts out of the Hauppage office. Simrad-Robertson's product line encompasses more than 75 dif- ferent products with 24 offices world- wide. For more information on
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Wins NMEA Awards
For the 11th year in a row, Stan- dard Communications Corp. has been presented the 1993 National
Marine Electronics Award (NMEA) for product excellence — most re- cently for the Horizon Omni radio and the HX230S VHF handheld.
The Horizon Omni is a full-featured radio with six-watt PA hailer, offer- ing the reception quality of GASFET circuitry plus a host of other impor- tant features that include NOAA
Weather Alert and optional Class C
Digital Selective Distress Calling capabilities. This radio is ultra- compact and available in either black or white. For more information on the entire Standard Communica- tions product line,
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O'Boyle Named Sales Agent
For Sobrena And Sociber
Richard F. O'Boyle, Inc. has been named sales agent in the U.S. and
Canada for Sobrena of Brest,
France. Paul Philippe, sales man- ager for Sobrena, said that over 70 percent of the shipyard revenue comes from non-French owners.
Sobrena, with three drydocks and five repair berths, has the capabil- ity to handle any type and size ves- sel up to 550,000 dwt. Sobrena says it is particularly well orga- nized to service tank ships with modern slop handling facilities in place. Richard F. O'Boyle Inc. also recently became U.S. and Canada shiprepair sales agent for Sociber
Ltda. of Valparaiso, Chile
Two Oil-Recovery Barges
Completed For MSRC
Diversified Marine, Inc. recently completed converting two barges for the Marine Spill Response Cor- poration (MSRC). This contract amounted to over $1 million per vessel. The two tank barges, both classed ABS A1 for oceans, were purchased from West Coast opera- tors and delivered to the Diversi- fied dock on the Columbia River.
The extensive alterations began with the existing pumping systems and machinery, which were over- hauled wherever possible.
The 278-foot (84.7m)Sausebarge with a 47,000 barrel capacity be- came the MSRC 404. Its pair of below-deck Detroit 8-71 pumping engines were rebuilt and placed in the new deck house to comply with regulations for Grade A oil. The 248-foot (75.6 m) Hawaiian barge, 32,000 barrels capacity, became the
MSRC 320. Since it was formerly carrying Grade A oil, the engines were already on deck. The line-up in the engine house now comprises four rebuilt Detroits. For more informa- tion on Diversified Marine,
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Paxman Diesels For New
U.K. Patrol Vessel
Paxman, a GEC Alsthom Diesels company, has supplied two Paxman
Vega 12CM diesel engines for an 82- foot (25 m) U.K. Customs and Excise protector class patrol craft, HMCC
The existing protector class de- sign was modified during construc- tion by Babcock Thorn Ltd., the com- mercial managers of Rosyth Royal
Dockyard, to provide a vessel suit- able for a wide range of law enforce- ment duties which include counter- ing smuggling and offshore terror- ism as well as fishery protection, covert surveillance and sea rescue missions.
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