ExxonMobil fires up new test engine

13 Oct 2016
The first firing of a new crosshead slow speed test engine

The first firing of a new crosshead slow speed test engine

ExxonMobil’s new crosshead slow speed test engine has completed its first firing.

It is expected to drive forward the company’s research and development of next generation cylinder and system oils for the marine industry.

“Our test engine is an exciting step forward for the industry,” explained Steve Walker, global marine equipment builder manager at ExxonMobil.

He added: “ExxonMobil’s commitment to developing next-generation lubricants will support the marine industry’s pursuit of increased performance, protection and efficiency.”

The bespoke test engine will aim to provide ExxonMobil with a platform for meeting the needs of increasingly complex engine designs driven by changing regulation affecting the industry.

Engines are now operating under more varied and demanding conditions, placing new challenges on the engine lubrication.

It offers an advanced method for lubricant development, which will help speed up the timeline for bringing new products to market.

This formulation of next-generation cylinder oils that are aligned to customers’ needs will help them to address tomorrow’s challenges and play a key part in improving engine protection and performance.

ExxonMobil’s research and engineering teams can also apply scientifically derived operating conditions to replicate demanding field environments to which marine lubricants are exposed.

A range of different fuels can be used in the test engine when formulating specific high and low base number (BN) cylinder oils.

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