Combustion research underway at SKL
SKL Motor specialists develop new combustion processes, fuels and combustion chamber geometries for the development of MTU engines
Tognum’s SKL Motor subsidiary in Magdeburg, Germany, has recently seen the inauguration of four new test stands to be used to develop new combustion processes, fuels and combustion chamber geometries for MTU engines.
The opening ceremony was performed by Saxony-Anhalt‘s minister-president Dr Reiner Haseloff; head of the regional government which is providing a substantial amount of support, amounting to about €2.5million, for the R&D program, in which a total of nearly €10 million is being invested in the four single-cylinder test stands. To implement the program, the SKL workforce has expanded with 225 employees working in the R&D and production sections.
MTU engines, developing power outputs up to about 12,200bhp, are ready for the next tiers of emission limitations, but Tognum is investing in the Magdeburg facility to research future technology concepts to bring down emissions still further and increase efficiency.
At SKL Motor in Magdeburg, 10 specialists are currently engaged exclusively in this area of development and that number is set to rise to 15 in the near future. "There are numerous reasons why we are constantly developing cleaner and more fuel-efficient engines and drive systems: For us, meeting increasingly stringent regulations is a technological challenge. For a globally active company such as ours, it is a duty and for company such as Tognum which places great value on sustainable approaches, it is the practical expression of our responsibility,” said Dr. Ulrich Dohle, Tognum executive board member for technology & operations.
“The results of this research provide vital foundations from which our team in Friedrichshafen can develop engines which will not appear in the marketplace until many years later,” said Dohle. The Tognum Group has invested around nine million euros in constructing and equipping the R&D test stands and about €2.5 million of that were provided by the Region of Saxony-Anhalt.
“Magdeburg is a very interesting location for the Tognum Group,” explained Dohle, adding that the long-established company which the Tognum Group took over in 2008 stood for expertise and enthusiasm in the field of internal combustion engines. “The Tognum Group has invested €18 million since it took over the facility,” said SKL Motor CEO, Wilfried Probian. “We currently have 30 trainees, giving us a training rate of over 15%,” added Probian.
In the meantime, Dohle points out, SKL Motor has become part of the Tognum group’s global organisation, and its R&D work, which paves the way for the engines of the future, is just one of its many facets. “Magdeburg plays an important role in our global production and after-sales network.”
SKL Motor provides the technology centre for standard reconditioning of used engines. The team at the Magdeburg location also overhauls main engine components which are then distributed to customers via Tognum‘s global sales network and SKL continues to manufacture spare parts for its own engines.
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