BV engine

The first BV engines—twin V12-cylinder models, each developing 5294 kW at 750 rev/min—were delivered in 1998 for powering a large anchor handling/tug/supply vessel. The BV design is based on a single-piece engine block cast in GGG500 nodular iron carrying two banks of cylinders in a 55-degree V-configuration, an underslung crankshaft and two camshafts; it also incorporates the charge air receiver between the cylinder banks (Figures 23.2 and 23.3). The camshafts are located outside each bank and housed in open-sided recesses in the block, allowing the complete camshafts to be removed sideways. At the front of the block is an opening for the charge air cooler and another for the auxiliary gear drive; the timing gears are arranged at the rear of the engine. The whole structure is designed for firing pressures in excess of 200 bar. An advantage of the block material is that it can be repaired by welding in the event of accidental damage.

A new cylinder liner design specified for the BV engines features a thicker upper wall section than the in-line cylinder BR models and a revised bore cooling layout (Figure 23.4). The liner, rated for mean effective pressures up to 32 bar and peak pressures in excess of 220 bar, was subsequently standardized for all B-series engines. Small changes were made to the BV cylinder heads, mainly a new head gasket matching the redesigned liner. The two-piece piston is essentially the same as that used in the BR engines, with a nodular iron skirt and bore-cooled

Figure 23.2 The BV engine block is a nodular iron casting

steel crown. The connecting rods were lengthened but used the same bearings as before.

Shorter fuel injection periods dictated strengthened camshafts to meet the increased loads, with a larger diameter both for the shaft and for the cam base circles. The fuel pumps are the same as those for BR engines but the fuel supply system was modified, chiefly by increasing pipe volumes and changing the layout to avoid cavitation and smooth out vibration caused by pressure pulses from the pumps.

Twin turbochargers mounted above the two insert-type charge air coolers operate on the impulse system, the pipework enclosed in an insulated box between the cylinder banks. A choice of electronic governors is offered, operating in conjunction with a standardized hydro-mechanical actuator. All electrical transducers on the BV engine are linked to a common electrical rail, one on each side of the engine, in a neat layout enabling faulty transducers to be quickly changed.


The B-series benefited from another rejuvenation in the shape of the longer stroke (400 mm) B32:40 design offering an output of 500 kW/ cylinder at 750 rev/min with a mean effective pressure of 24.9 bar.

Figure 23.3 Crankshaft of the BV engine

Production engines became available in the year 2000, supplementing the standard B-series in the programme. The B32:40 was initially offered in six, eight and nine-in-line and V12-cylinder configurations to span a power band from 3000 kW to 6000 kW; outputs up to 9000 kW were planned by extending the V-cylinder programme.

A new crankshaft design was incorporated to achieve the longer stroke and provide increased bearing areas, with new bearing technology

Bore Cooling For Main Engines
Figure 23.4 BV engine cylinder liner with bore-cooled upper part, also applied to the in line cylinder BR. models

addressing the larger bearing loads. Modified cylinder liners sought good control over temperatures at all points, and the piston/ring designs were also changed to minimize lube oil consumption and cylinder wear. The cylinder head design and material specification was refined to allow a small rise in the maximum combustion pressure and to handle the greater combustion air throughput from the upgraded turbocharging system. A new fuel injection system provided both an increase in capacity and a higher injection pressure. These changes contributed to a specific fuel consumption of 183 g/kWh at the rated speed of 750 rev/min and NOx emissions under the IMO limit. Improved reliability and maintainability were promised by a new pump end module and turbocharger support structure.

Cylinder block: one-piece nodular cast iron design of rigid structure with underslung crankshaft, cast-in charge air manifold and large crankcase doors. The main bearing bolts are hydraulically tightened.

Cylinder liner: centrifugal cast, bore-cooled design with a running surface treated to improve wear resistance; a carbon cutting ring is incorporated at the top of the liner.

Cylinder head: bore-cooled flame plate; six hydraulically-tightened securing bolts to ensure even distribution; new cooled exhaust valve seat.

Crankshaft: continuous grain flow forged; large diameter journals and pins; hydraulically-tightened counterweight bolts.

Connecting rod: forged of alloy steel and fully machined; obliquely split and serrated big end; hydraulically-tightened big end bolts.

Bearings: steel backed with Sn/Al bearing material.

Piston: improved oil-cooled two-piece design; two compression rings and one oil scraper ring, all chromium plated.

Fuel injection system: pumps designed for 2000 bar injection pressure; totally enclosed in heat-insulated compartment; constant pressure unloading for cavitation-free operation at all loads and speeds.

Turbocharging system: multi pulse converter system based on ABB TPL series turbochargers; easily removable insulation panels for inspection and maintenance.

C-ENGINE (C25:33L)

A completely new design, the C25:33L, was launched in mid-2001 after a joint development project between Bergen and Hyundai Heavy Industries of South Korea, which markets and builds the engine as the HiMSEN H25/33. Flexibility in terms of power and speed ranges was a key development criterion to allow the 250 mm bore engine to target heavy fuel-burning gensets and smaller propulsion plants. Outputs from 1200 kW to 2700 kW at speeds from 720 rev/min to 1000 rev/ min are covered initially by five- to nine-cylinder in-line models, with V-engines planned to double the power threshold. The C25:33L was expected eventually to replace the popular but ageing K-series, particularly in the genset market. The first four production engines (nine-cylinder models) were due for delivery in spring 2002 as the core of a diesel-electric propulsion plant for an offshore service vessel.

In drawing up the design parameters, the stroke (330 mm) was determined by the piston speed which, in turn, was set by the desired time-between-overhauls of 15 000 hours for the top end and 30 000 hours for the bottom end, running on heavy fuel oil. The running speed was determined by the frequencies in genset applications, focusing on 900 rev/min to 1000 rev/min for 60 Hz and 50 Hz requirements. These ratings sought the best compromise between an industry preference for a moderate speed in heavy duty gensets and the potentially lower price per kW from a faster running set. The engines can also be supplied, however, for 720/750 rev/min operation.

The C25:33L engine, Figure 23.5, is based on a compact and stiff nodular cast iron frame, with the charge air receiver, lube oil channel and coolant transfer channel incorporated in the casting to eliminate pipework. A continuous grain flow forged steel crankshaft with steel plate balance weights allowed the cylinder centre distance to be kept the same as the K-series engine in the interests of compactness and rigidity. Full power can be taken off either end of the crankshaft, and an additional main bearing allows single-bearing alternators to be driven.

A key feature is the cylinder unit system, allowing a complete liner, piston, upper connecting rod, water jacket and cylinder head to be drawn as an assembly for servicing or exchange. The components are

Figure 23.5 Primary modules of Bergen C25:33L engine

clamped together by the cylinder jacket and held down by four cylinder head bolts. A duct transfers air, exhaust and cooling water to and from the head, each cylinder unit being connected to its neighbour by quick-acting couplings to speed assembly and dismantling. The cylinder liner and waterjacket combination is of the 'open deck' type, designed for intensive cooling and high strength without stress raisers in the critical top-end zone.

The piston comprises a steel crown with three rings and a nodular cast iron skirt. An extended life and low controlled lube oil consumption are fostered by a chrome-ceramic piston ring coating, an anti-polishing ring at the top of the cylinder liner and special honing of the liner surface. A three-part connecting rod enables its upper part to be detached when drawing pistons without disturbing the big end bearing.

One mechanical fuel pump is provided for each cylinder, with a simple two-step electronic timing feature controlled by the engine management system. (A common rail fuel system was not selected by Bergen because it was not seen as essential for the genset applications envisaged, nor as durable enough for unrestricted heavy fuel operation.)

An impulse turbocharging system is based on an uncooled radial turbocharger which can be mounted at either end of the engine to suit the particular installation. A swift response to load changes, with minimal smoke emissions under rapidly changing load and speed conditions, is fostered by the high efficiency turbocharging, two-stage charge air cooling with electronic temperature control, and a high speed electronic governor.

Ease of maintenance was addressed by providing good access to key components and a small number of hydraulic tools able to handle all the main bolts. Ancillaries are grouped in a front end module accommodating pumps, charge air cooler, lube oil cooler and filters. The components are designed for plugging-in, with a minimum of joints avoiding leakages.

Bergen C25:33 engine data






Power range

Mean effective pressure

Mean piston speed

Firing pressure

Specific fuel consumption

250 mm 330 mm

720-1000 rev/min 220-300 kW/cyl 5,6,7,8,9L 1200-2700 kW 22.6-24.7 bar 7.9-11 m/s 190 bar

182-186 g/kWh

See Chapter 2 for Bergen gas-diesel engines.

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