Munich, Germany
Munich, Germany

Man Group plc is a British alternative investment management business. It provides a range of funds for institutional and private investors globally. The company manages about US$72.3 billion and employs over 1,200 people in 14 locations worldwide.Man’s headquarters are at Riverbank House in London, where it is listed on the London Stock Exchange. It also has offices in the Bahamas, Chicago, Dubai, Dublin, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Miami, Milan, Montevideo, New York, Pfäffikon, Rotterdam, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, and Toronto. Wikipedia.


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Patent
MAN Group | Date: 2015-02-19

Control device of an internal combustion engine, namely, for controlling injectors or gas valves of a fuel supply system of the internal combustion engine, wherein the control device controls each injector for opening the same such that the voltage present at the respective injector changes between different voltage levels in a boost phase of the control as well as in a hold phase of the control, and wherein the control device controls the respective injector in the boost phase such that after reaching a defined boost current level the voltage present at the respective injector changes between a relatively low boost voltage level which is greater than zero volts and a relatively high boost voltage level which is greater than a supply voltage of the control device.


An internal combustion engine includes: plural cylinders, a first exhaust gas turbocharger having a high-pressure turbine and a high-pressure compressor, a second exhaust gas turbocharger having a low-pressure turbine and a low-pressure compressor, and an SCR catalytic converter positioned between the high-pressure turbine and the low-pressure turbine, via which exhaust gas leaving the high-pressure turbine is conducted upstream of the low-pressure turbine. The low-pressure compressor is assigned a power take-in, via which the low-pressure compressor can be driven when as a consequence of a relatively large exhaust gas temperature drop at the SCR catalytic converter via the low-pressure turbine an adequate amount of energy required to supply the cylinders of the internal combustion engine with a desired quantity of charge air can no longer be provided.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: MG-4.1-2014 | Award Amount: 25.11M | Year: 2015

The project HERCULES-2 is targeting at a fuel-flexible large marine engine, optimally adaptive to its operating environment. The objectives of the HERCULES-2 project are associated to 4 areas of engine integrated R&D: Improving fuel flexibility for seamless switching between different fuel types, including non-conventional fuels. Formulating new materials to support high temperature component applications. Developing adaptive control methodologies to retain performance over the powerplant lifetime. Achieving near-zero emissions, via combined integrated aftertreatment of exhaust gases. The HERCULES-2 is the next phase of the R&D programme HERCULES on large engine technologies, which was initiated in 2004 as a joint vision by the two major European engine manufacturer groups MAN and WARTSILA. Three consecutive projects namely HERCULES - A, -B, -C spanned the years 2004-2014. These three projects produced exceptional results and received worldwide acclaim. The targets of HERCULES-2 build upon and surpass the targets of the previous HERCULES projects, going beyond the limits set by the regulatory authorities. By combining cutting-edge technologies, the Project overall aims at significant fuel consumption and emission reduction targets using integrated solutions, which can quickly mature into commercially available products. Focusing on the applications, the project includes several full-scale prototypes and shipboard demonstrators. The project HERCULES-2 comprises 4 R&D Work Package Groups (WPG): - WPG I: Fuel flexible engine - WPG II: New Materials (Applications in engines) - WPG III: Adaptive Powerplant for Lifetime Performance - WPG IV: Near-Zero Emissions Engine The consortium comprises 32 partners of which 30% are Industrial and 70% are Universities / Research Institutes. The Budget share is 63% Industry and 37% Universities. The HERCULES-2 proposal covers with authority and in full the Work Programme scope B1 of MG.4.1-2014.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: LCE-17-2015 | Award Amount: 9.63M | Year: 2016

The share of renewable energy is growing rapidly driven by the objective to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The amount of electric power which can be supplied to the grid depends on the time of the day and weather conditions. A conventional fleet of thermal power plants is required to compensate for these fluctuations before large scale energy storage technologies will be mature and economically viable. All power market projections expect this to be the case for the next 50 years at least. For a strong expansion of renewables, this fleet has to operate flexibly at competitive cost. Current power plants cannot fill this role immediately without impeding their efficiency and engine lifetime through increased wear and damage induced by the higher number of (shorter) operating/loading cycles. New technologies need to be introduced to balance demand peaks with renewable output fluctuations at minimal fuel consumption and emissions without negative effects on cycling operation. The FLEXTURBINE partners have developed a medium to long term technology roadmap addressing future and existing power plants. The FLEXTURBINE project presented hereafter is the first step in such technology roadmap and consists of: (1) new solutions for extended operating ranges to predict and control flutter, (2) improved sealing and bearing designs to increase turbine lifetime and efficiency by reducing degradation/damages, and (3) an improved lifecycle management through better control and prediction of critical parts to improve competitive costs by more flexible service intervals and planned downtime, and by reducing unplanned outages. In all areas, individual technologies will be developed from TRL 3 to TRL 4-6. FLEXTURBINE brings together the main European turbine manufacturers, renowned research institutes and universities. It involves plant and transmission system operators to include user feedback and to prepare the take-up of the FLEXTURBINE technologies in power plants world-wide.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: SST.2011.1.1-3. | Award Amount: 17.02M | Year: 2012

HERCULES was conceived in 2002 as a long-term R&D Programme, to develop new technologies for marine engines. It is the outcome of a joint vision by the two major European engine manufacturer Groups MAN & WARTSILA, which together hold 90% of the worlds marine engine market. The present proposed HERCULES-C project is the Phase III of the HERCULES Programme. In order to take marine engine technology a step further towards improved sustainability in energy production and total energy economy, an extensive integration of the multitude of the new technologies developed in Phases I and II is required. HERCULES-C addresses this challenge by adopting a combinatory approach for engine thermal processes optimization, system integration, as well as engine reliability and lifetime. The first Objective of HERCULES-C is to achieve further substantial reductions in fuel consumption, while optimizing power production and usage. This will be achieved through advanced engine developments in combustion and fuel injection, as well as through the optimization of ship energy management and engine technologies supporting transport mission management. The second Objective of HERCULES-C is to achieve near-zero emissions by integrating the various technologies developed in the previous research Projects, in Phases I and II. The third Objective is to maintain the technical performance of engines throughout their operational lifetime. This requires advanced materials and tribology developments to improve efficiency and reliability, as well as sensors, monitoring and measurement technologies to improve the controllability and availability of marine power plants. The project HERCULES-C structure of RTD work comprises 47 Subprojects, grouped into 10 Work Packages and 5 Work Package Groups, spanning the complete spectrum of marine diesel engine technology. The HERCULES-C Project has duration of 36 months, a Consortium with 22 participants. and a total budget of EUR 17 million.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: SST.2013.1-2. | Award Amount: 14.14M | Year: 2013

Reducing emissions from shipping has increasingly become a challenge over the last years, both as a counter measure against global climate change and to protect local environments and population from waste, gas emissions and noise. This challenge has been documented both in policy papers, like the Europe 2020 initiative or the Transport White Paper, and in rules and regulations issued by IMO as well as by local authorities. Those legislations as well as emission taxes and an increasing public awareness on green shipping have led to the fact, that low emission ships and shipping has become a key competitive factor both for European shipbuilders (including equipment manufacturers and shipyards) and shipping companies. In response to topic SST.2013.1-2 of the Sustainable Transport Work Programme 2013 the JOULES proposal aims to significantly reduce the gas emissions of European built ships, including CO2, SOx, NOx and particulate matters. JOULES follows an integrated and holistic approach, not only limited to integrating the components of the simulation of the energy grid, but through the consideration of other viable options for emission reduction. The specific optimal solutions for emission reduction and energy efficiency highly depend on the transport or service task of ships, as well as on their operational profile. While a wide overview and holistic assessment of all available energy and emission saving technologies is necessary, industrial breakthrough can only be achieved if the available solutions are selected, adopted, integrated, assessed and finally demonstrated for realistic application cases. The binding element between technologies and applications are modelling and assessment methods and tools. Those are needed to predict the behaviour of complex energy grids, to manage the energy demand in operation and to assess the performance of optimized energy grids both in view of cost efficiency and environmental impact.


Patent
MAN Group | Date: 2015-03-10

A locking mechanism having a lock and a locking bolt for the detachable fixing of a tiltable drivers cab on the chassis of a military motor vehicle. A shared joint (knee) of a knee lever, which has two one-armed lever arms of different lengths, is used as the locking element of the lock, the joint engaging with a corresponding recess of the locking bolt in the locked position of the locking mechanism. The short lever arm of the knee lever is pivotably supported on its end facing away from the knee in a fixed bearing, and the long lever arm of the knee lever is pivotably supported by its end facing away from the knee with the first lever arm of a reversing lever pivotable around a pivot axis. The second lever arm of the reversing lever is connected to a drive for pivoting the reversing lever, so that a pivot motion of the reversing lever induces a motion of the knee of the knee lever into or out of the recess of the locking bolt.


Patent
MAN Group | Date: 2016-05-06

A screw machine having a rotor housing portion and an outflow housing portion, screw rotors mounted in the rotor housing portion that form a rotor pair, and a control slide that is likewise mounted in the rotor housing portion, which delimits a working space of the rotor housing portion and which can be shifted parallel to the rotor axes of the screw rotors to change a size of the effective working space. The control slide, when shifted out of the rotor housing portion into the outflow housing portion, is guided by a positively joined guide of the outflow housing portion.


Patent
MAN Group | Date: 2016-06-14

A screw machine, in particular screw compressor, includes a machine housing, screw rotors forming a rotor pair which is mounted in the machine housing, an oil supply system via which bearings and seals of the screw rotors can be supplied with oil for lubricating and/or cooling, wherein the oil supply system has an oil supply and oil feeds, wherein the oil supply system includes a pressure sensor, which detects a pressure in the oil discharge or oil return or a pressure difference between the pressure in the oil discharge or oil return and a pressure in the oil feeds, the oil supply system furthermore includes a control device, which open-loop or closed-loop controls the pressure in the oil feed or the pressure difference dependent on the measurement signal of the pressure sensor.


Tilting segment for a shaft bearing device, with a base body that has a slide bearing face bounded by a segment leading edge extending in axial direction, a segment trailing edge likewise extending in axial direction, and by lateral edges extending in circumferential direction between the segment leading edge and the segment trailing edge. A groove that extends in axial direction and is located nearer to the segment trailing edge than it is to the segment leading edge is incorporated in the slide bearing face.

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