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pressure pulsations in fuel system due to slow steaming?

pressure pulsations in fuel system due to slow steaming?

(OP)
LS,

A superintendant informed me about the fact that slow steaming could cause heavy pressure pulsations in a ships fuel system. Can someone explain why this happens / what causes this phenomenon? Is there someone who has experience with this, and may be also in combination with a large variation in (measured) fuel consumption, and have an explanation for this as well?

Thanks in advance,
DYV

RE: pressure pulsations in fuel system due to slow steaming?

Fuel pulsation is a common feature of multi-cylinder diesel engines, medium speed .It is caused by the differential pressure between low pressure supply fuel and the high pressure fuel pump delivery. To counter-act it, ensure a positive low pressure supply and fit nitrogen charged pulsation dampers on the low pressure supply fuel rail. The nitrogen charge should be approx. hald of the high pressure delivery pressure.

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RE: pressure pulsations in fuel system due to slow steaming?

(OP)
Thanks Chief for your reply. I am aware of pulsations in a fuel system, but problem for this specific case is that it only occurs during slow steaming. Could a retaining valve behind the engine cause this, if it comes in resonance with pulsations of the fuel pumps, which is then not happening at higher engine rpms / loads?

DYV

RE: pressure pulsations in fuel system due to slow steaming?

For a system utilising Bosch type scoll pumps Its casued by increased spill, there is a pulsation damper in the spill line that should be removing this effect. I imagine this is much reduced with Constant High pressure systems

RE: pressure pulsations in fuel system due to slow steaming?

In some cases I have seen it in land based engines at low load (and low fuel consumption) where the PRV cycles too abruptly. Adjusting the pressure relief/spillback on the LP side fixed it.

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