As the primary research actor in Silent Engine, the University of Vaasa will handle two key phenomena that cause engine noise – the so-called airborne noise and exhaust noise. Vibration excitations and related structure-borne noise will be handled by Wärtsilä and Vibrol in connected company projects.
The Silent Engine project is directly linked to the Business Finland Veturi ecosystem “Zero Emission Marine” (ZEM) programme initiated by Wärtsilä (2022–2025). Silent Engine contributes in several ways. For instance, Silent Engine secures real-world emission (including noise) compliance for technologies which enable the introduction of green fuels – one of the main focuses of the university’s research platform VEBIC.
In addition to the strong commitment from Wärtsilä, the other companies in the project steering group are monitoring and guiding the research. The companies include Meyer Turku, AGCO Power, KONE, and Vibrol.
International collaboration partners
Silent Engine project has four international collaboration partners: University of South-Eastern Norway (Norway), Warsaw University of Technology (Poland), BOSMAL Automotive Research and Development Institute Ltd (Poland), and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University (Australia). The international support group is built complementarily to support the cross-domain nature of the research in this project.