While engine breakdown in a power plant is not common, the risk increases in peaking plants with frequent engine start/stop and where load fluctuates heavily. Avoiding breakdown is also crucial for power plants operating in island mode in remote locations. Abnormal piston behaviour increases cylinder liner temperatures, which may cause piston scuffing or breakdown in case of piston seizure – ultimately leading to an unexpected engine stop. Unexpected stops result in lost production and revenue, repair costs and even possible financial penalties. The Wärtsilä Cylinder liner temperature monitoring system for Wärtsilä 32 engines uses real-time monitoring to help prevent breakdowns in the case of abnormal piston behaviour.
Wärtsilä is a global leader in smart technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation, total efficiency and data analytics, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers.
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