Motoren- und Turbinen- Union Friedrichshafen (MTU) and General Electric Marine and Industrial Engines (GE) are cooperating in the development of an LM1600 marine gas turbine propulsion module similar to the GE LM2500 marine module.

The GE LM1600 marine gas turbine is described and an outline of the engine performance characteristics is given.

MTU’s design goals and the respective design approaches of essential sub-systems are presented: General arrangement of the module with the installed gas turbine and exhaust collector, base frame with engine and exhaust collector mounting links, shock mounts, acoustic enclosure and the corresponding internal and external auxiliary systems, e.g., lube-oil storage and conditioning assembly, fuel system, engine cooling system, high-speed coupling shaft and ice condition detection system. The interface requirements for combustion air, cooling air and exhaust stacks as well as the interface for vessel piping and wiring are described.

Finally, some LM1600 ship machinery arrangements for CODOG, CODAG and possibly COGAG propulsion systems in future applications are presented.

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