Sensor Coating Systems and MAN Diesel & Turbo announce five year framework agreement
London, UK/Oberhausen, Germany, 6th October 2016,
MAN Diesel & Turbo, the Germany-based manufacturer of gas and steam turbines, compressors and large diesel engines, and Sensor Coating Systems, a UK based service provider of high definition thermal mapping, have announced a five-year framework agreement.
Sensor Coating Systems provides a unique luminescence based sensing technology which enables engineers to record past temperatures on previously inaccessible components. The temperature measurement capability reaches from around 200°C to 1,400°C. This makes the technology very useful for the evaluation and design of mission-critical components in harsh environments such as gas turbine blades or vanes. The drive for higher fuel efficiencies and a reduction in CO2 emissions sees the requirement for higher operating temperature in combustion engines. This, however, requires more sophisticated component designs and a rapid temperature assessment capability during the testing phase.
One of the benefits of the SCS system over conventional methods is the ability to use automated and objective readout methods delivering high-resolution temperature maps across larger surface areas. Another significant factor is the non-toxic property of the memory material, allowing a much more flexible approach in its application than traditional thermal paint methods and does not require post-test de-contamination or specific safety measures. The current agreement is a result of a collaboration between both companies which started in 2012 under an industrial user club together with other industrial partners such as Alstom, Snecma and EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute). After successful preliminary engine testing and technology validation, MAN has decided to use the newly developed technology in their design processes.
The five-year commercial Framework Agreement between SCS and MAN Diesel & Turbo, part of the Volkswagen group, will enable the German manufacturer to use the award-winning sensing technology for their latest engine development programmes. However, other applications into the marine diesel sector are also envisaged. This announcement was made on the day Mr Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, opened the new facilities of Sensor Coating Systems at Londoneast-UK, the new Business and Technical Park in Dagenham, London. The new facilities include serviced office and laboratory space including pre-installed fume cupboards and plenty of growth space.
“This Framework Agreement is a significant step forward in SCS’ commercial development”, explains Dr Jörg Feist, Managing Director, SCS. “Over a period of a few years, our excellent technical team has increased the technology readiness level under the guidance of our industrial user club members to a state where our customers see direct benefits from its application. We are very pleased to continue and extend the good working relationship with MAN Diesel & Turbo and to contribute to their new generation of turbomachinery.”
“Advanced temperature measurement capabilities are essential for today’s engine designers to meet efficiency and lifetime requirements as well as the emission standards of tomorrow”, commented Dr Ulrich Orth, Head of Gas Turbine Research & Development, MAN Diesel & Turbo. “The framework agreement will enable MAN to make regular and extensive use of SCS’s unique temperature mapping technology.”
About MAN Diesel & Turbo
MAN Diesel & Turbo SE, based in Augsburg, Germany, is the world’s leading provider of large-bore diesel engines and turbomachinery for marine and stationary applications. The Turbomachinery business designs and manufactures gas turbines, steam turbines and compressors for power generation and a large variety of industrial applications.
About Sensor Coating Systems
Sensor Coating Systems Ltd. spun out of Southside Thermal Sciences (www.stscience.com) in 2012. SCS pioneers sensor technology based on luminescence materials for engineering applications in demanding environments. Its award-winning technology enables accurate temperature detection, corrosion and erosion monitoring and lifetime predictions and, in doing so, assists in optimising the operation of machinery, lowering fuel costs and maintaining material integrity. The main industrial sectors for application are the power generation industry, aero engines, automotive and machinery operating in extreme environments such as oil & gas and petrochemical plants. SCS is internationally orientated and works with companies such as MAN Diesel & Turbo, Alstom and Snecma under collaborative agreements and also with reputed institutions such as EPRI and the German Aerospace Centre. The technology has been also endorsed by a plurality of grant organisations in the UK and the US including INNOVATE UK and the British National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme (NATEP).
SCS achieved international recognition after being nominated as a finalist for the Academic Enterprise Awards (ACES) 2013 in the European Parliament and also received the British Engineering Excellence Award 2013. More recently the SCS technical team including co-workers received the prestigious John P Davies Award of the International Gas Turbine Institute (IGTI) of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in Düsseldorf, Germany, in June 2014.
‘Off-Line Temperature Profiling Utilizing Phosphorescent Thermal History Paints and Coatings’, ARTICLE in JOURNAL OF TURBOMACHINERY 137(10) · October 2015, authors: J.P. Feist, S. Karmakar Biswas, C.C. Pilgrim, P.Y. Sollazzo, S. Berthier.
Dr J.P. Feist
Sensor Coating Systems Ltd
Londoneast-UK, Business & Technical Park, The Cube, Rainham Road South, Dagenham East, RM10 7FN, United Kingdom.
From left to right: Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London), Dr Ulrich Orth, Dr Rob Krewinkel (both MAN Diesel & Turbo), Dr Feist (SCS)