The Datum Hawk project, developed in a partnership over the last 2 years between Strathclyde Universities renowned Marine Engineering Department and Datum Electronics, represents a change in the way that vessels will operate planned maintenance across Engine Rooms.
Datum Hawk will empower engineers to move away from traditional fixed-interval maintenance schedules and adopt condition-based maintenance strategies using torsional vibrational analysis (TVA) to understand the true conditions of their engines.
Leveraging data gathered by Datums newest Shaft Power Measurement (SPM) system, the system is compact and easily installed to the vessels intermediate shaft. The system is the ideal addition to any newbuild or retrofitted to any vessel that is interested in extending the life of the engine and its components.
The system will also allow the early identification of anomalies, TVA detects subtle changes in engine vibration that indicate wear, misalignment or impending failures. By identifying these issues in their early stages, maintenance teams can plan timely interventions, preventing costly breakdowns and minimising downtime.
Seamless integration with flow meters extends Datum Hawk’s capabilities to include Specific Fuel Oil Consumption (SFOC) as well as integration with our EEXI monitoring system.
Datum Hawk is an advanced engine monitoring system utilising Datum Electronics industry leading contact free Shaft Power Measurement system to provide insight into the very workings of the engine. The SPM system is compact and easily retrofitted to any vessel, and the new technology within Datum Hawk will allow vessels to move to a more intelligent forms of engine monitoring and maintenance.
Torsional Vibrational Analysis detects subtle changes in engine vibrations that might indicate the presence of wear, misalignment, or impending failures. By identifying these issues in their early stages, maintenance teams can plan timely interventions, preventing costly breakdowns and minimizing downtime.
With a thorough understanding of the torsional behaviour of the engine, maintenance personnel can optimize the design and selection of critical components. This optimization translates to increased component life, reducing the need for frequent replacements and enhancing the engine’s overall longevity.
TVA empowers engineers to move away from traditional fixed-interval maintenance schedules and adopt condition-based maintenance strategies. By basing maintenance decisions on real-time data, teams can avoid unnecessary overhauls, thereby optimizing resources and costs.
Engine failures can have disastrous consequences, especially in critical applications like aerospace and marine industries. Torsional Vibrational Analysis helps ensure the safety and reliability of engines, leading to enhanced performance and peace of mind for operators and users.
Datum Hawk Project is a solution for customers and our intention is to see multiple new benefits and intelligent features added through consultation from users and market demands. As the industry moves to be greener and more sustainable, maintaining an engines efficiency will be a leading concern to ensure vessel operational optimisation.