Operational Profile Based Optimization Method for Maritime Diesel Engines

Hoang Nguyen Khac, Kai Zenger, Xiaoguo Storm, Jari Hyvönen

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This paper presents an approach to a new engine calibration method that takes the engine’s operational profile into account. This method has two main steps: modeling and optimization. The Design of Experiments method is first conducted to model the engine’s responses such as Brake Specific Fuel Consumption (BSFC) and Nitrogen Oxide ( NOx ) emissions as the functions of fuel injection timing, common rail pressure and charged air pressure. These response surface models are then used to minimize the fuel consumption during a year, according to a typical load profile of a ferry, and to fulfill the NOx limits set by International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations, Tier II, test cycle E2. The Sequential Quadratic Programming algorithm is used to solve this minimization problem. The results showed that the fuel consumption can be effectively reduced with the flexibility to trade it off with the NOx emissions while still fulfilling the IMO regulations. In general, this method can decrease the manual calibration effort and improve the engine’s performance with a tailored setting for individual operational profiles.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2575
Number of pages20
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Diesel engines
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Operational profile
  • Optimization


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