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Sulzer RTA-C Technology Review


Year: 201?
Language: english
Author: Wartsila
Genre: Other
Format: PDF
Quality: eBook
Pages count: 51
Description: Summary
Containerships continue to be a most interesting sector of the newbuilding market. Not only is it still a
strong market in terms of overall volume but it also puts continual demands on engine development. Larger,
faster containerships require high-output propulsion engines which must operate most reliably with the least
time out of service. Sulzer diesel engines have proved to be particularly successful in this market sector. To
the RTA84C type which was introduced in 1988, and upgraded in 1993, has been added the RTA96C to
extend the power range up to 89 640 bhp (65 880 kW) for the new generation of large ‘Post-Panamax’
containerships that load 6000 TEU or more.
The Sulzer RTA84C is the leader in this market sector, with 155 engines delivered or on order. Orders
have already been received for eight RTA96C engines, including ten-, 11- and 12-cylinder models, and the
first engine completed its shop trials in May 1997. A major landmark was the starting of the first 12-cylinder
RTA96C in September 1997 as the world’s most powerful diesel engine.
This paper presents the development of both RTA-C engine types, together with accounts of the service
experience of the RTA84C and test results from the first RTA96C engine, with 11 cylinders started in March
1997.

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