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Origin: United States of America
Parent System: LM6000
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1991
Total Production: 590
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Description: General Electric (GE) Transportation's LM6000 is a fuel efficient, long life, low maintenance, simple cycle industrial gas turbine introduced in 1990 with at least 590 units produced to date. It is a derivative of GE's CF6-80C2 aircraft engine that makes LM6000 an aeroderivative. Typically, drives electric generators having accumulated nearly 9 million hours in service with fleet wide reliability of 99.9%. Combining the gas turbine coupled with an electric generator forms a marine gas turbine-generator set.
Following its record of proven reliability, General Electric will insert new technology to improve the LM6000 overall performance and power output without adding more weight or increasing the size of successful LM6000 marine gas turbine. Its high power to weight ratio is the most significant issue for ship applications. The gas turbine features an efficiency of 41.9% at the ISO rating point. LM6000 is the high power member of the GE LM family of aeroderivative gas turbine offerings.
GE Transportation is planning to offer the LM6000 gas turbine for several next-generation naval programs such as US Navy's DD(X) destroyer. These military and civilian programs require both electric and mechanical drive. For that reason, GE announced its intention in early December 2004 to obtain American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) certification for its LM6000 aeroderivative gas turbine. In accordance with this initiative, LM 6000 will be certified at a power level greater than 36 megawatts based on United States Navy standard day conditions (100F). Certification is expected in 2005.
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