Gas engine development

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Ricardo, a global technology and engineering consultancy, has been awarded a 26-month gas engine contract by the world's largest marine diesel engine builder, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).

Ricardo and the Engine & Machinery Division of HHI have previously worked together on advanced diesel and gas engine development. The new contract will involve a number of stages to create the new V16 gas variant of the H32/40 series of medium-speed diesel engines for operation using compressed natural gas fuel.

The project will begin with the initial concept design of the engine to include market surveys, system specification, supplier selection and the production of a full concept design layout. The second phase of the programme will see the design of the engine developed more extensively by computer-aided engineering methods. This will be followed by the procurement of parts to build the engines, with the final stage involving a schedule of engine development testing.

The chief executive of Ricardo, Dave Shemmans, said: ‘The award of the H32/40 V16 gas engine contract builds upon the very strong business relationship existing between Ricardo and HHI, one of Korea's leading industrial companies. The fact that Ricardo has been selected for this key new engine programme demonstrates the depth of our skills and engineering expertise and the global reach of our services.’