Tognum to introduce Tier 3 / ULEL mtu rail engines for North America
Posted on September 13, 2012
Tognum, the specialist for propulsion and power solutions, will introduce new mtu Series 4000 R54 locomotive engines to North America for the U.S. EPA Tier 3 and California Air Resources Board’s “Ultra Low Emission Locomotive” (ULEL) emission standards.
- No exhaust gas aftertreatment necessary for EPA Tier 3 and California ULEL emission standards
- Power output of mtu Series 4000 locomotive engines up to 3,218 hp (2,400 kW)
Friedrichshafen, 13 September 2012. Tognum, the specialist for propulsion and power solutions, will introduce new mtu Series 4000 R54 locomotive engines to North America for the U.S. EPA Tier 3 and California Air Resources Board’s “Ultra Low Emission Locomotive” (ULEL) emission standards. The 12- and 16-cylinder engines are rated at 2414 hp (1,800 kW) and 3218 hp (2,400 kW) respectively, and will meet the emission standards without exhaust gas aftertreatment. Typical applications for this power range are switcher locomotives, road switcher locomotives and high speed trains. The engines will be available in 2013, and will be the first engines for single-engine locomotives with traction power in the range of 2000 to 3000 hp capable of meeting California ARB ULEL limits.
“Locomotive manufacturers and railroad operators continue to face increasingly stringent emissions requirements and rising fuel costs,” said Dr. Ulrich Dohle, member of the Tognum Executive Board for Technology & Operations. “As the North American rail industry continues to grow, we are committed to helping our rail customers in North America overcome these challenges and achieve their business goals.”
Cooled exhaust gas recirculation will be used as a core technology inside the engine to reduce nitrogen oxide levels. The highly efficient, two-stage turbocharging system ensures that there is sufficient air available for efficient and low-soot combustion in all operating conditions, such as extreme temperature conditions, high elevation or in the event of high exhaust gas back pressure. The two-stage turbocharging also allows throttle-response times comparable to traditional single-engine switcher and road switcher locomotives. Intake valve control based on the Miller cycle makes it possible to lower the nitrogen oxide levels and simultaneously reduces fuel consumption. mtu’s third-generation common-rail injection system, which provides a maximum injection pressure of 2,200 bar, ensures low particulate emissions. The combination of these technologies enables the Series 4000 R54 to meet the Tier 3 and ULEL limits with no aftertreatment, while still providing industry-leading performance and efficiency.