The new MTU test cell facility at the Graniteville site currently houses two test cells, which will
be expanded to three within the next year. But the site has been developed to allow expansion
to as many as six test cells capable of testing up to 15,000 hp.
arate area of the 270,000 sq.ft. plant,
has been designed for growth. With a
central mechanical room encompassing an array of chillers and heating
systems, a 12,000 gal. fuel storage
capacity and 50,000 gal. water tanks,
the site can accommodate up to three
more hot test cells.
In all, the test cell investment
approached $20 million, just under half
the $45 million Tognum spent on the
entire Graniteville site. But it has also
positioned the company for expansion
far into the future.
“Our current setup is designed
for 6000 hp and our test facility is
designed for up to 15,000 hp,” said
Steve Blaszczak, manager of engine
test testing at Graniteville. “So as we
continue to grow our business, we’ll
have plenty of capacity for expansion,
which we’re already planning for.
“Each engine is tested and each test
runs about 80 minutes long. We run
anywhere from no load or rpm up to its
full power range. So within the 80 min-
utes we will see temperatures of near
100°C of boiling point, and we can see
almost 4 gal. of fuel burned per min-
ute. We’re not up there very long but
we have to get up there for fuel map-
ping and to set fuel curves for the end
customer. We have instrumentation
to control everything and we can do
special requests for customers as far
as validating whatever they need.
June 2011 DIESEL PROGRESS NORTH AMERICAN EDITION 109