A V20 engine is a twenty-cylinder piston engine where two banks of ten cylinders are arranged in a V configuration around a common crankshaft. Large diesel V20 engines have been used in diesel locomotives, haul trucks, electric generators and marine applications.
Beginning in the late-1930s, Mercedes-Benz produced several large V20 diesel engines for use in marine applications. The first engine was the MB 501 which was based on the MB 500 V12 engine and was installed in the 1937 class Schnellboot (fast attack boat) and several submarines. Later versions included the supercharged MB 511 engine and the MB 518, which also added an intercooler. A copy of the MB 511 was produced by VEB Motorenwerk in Ludwigsfelde and called the VEB 20 KVD 25. Production of the MB 518 resumed in 1951, and a version of the engine was also manufactured by MTU, called the MB 20 V 672.
The EMD 645E3 two-stroke V20 turbo-disel engine was used in 1960s diesel-electric locomotives such as the EMD SD45. The engine has a displacement of 211 L (12,876 cu in) and produces a net traction of 2.7 MW (3,600 hp). The maximum gross power output is closer to 5,000 hp when operated in self-test mode (with the generated output being dissipated by resistors). Later versions of the EMD 645 engine were used in the EMD SD45-2 and EMD SD45T-2 locomotives. EMD also produced a V20 version of the EMD 710 diesel engine, which was used in the 1995 EMD SD80MAC locomotive. The EMD 710 remains in production to this day, and is mostly used in power generation and marine propulsion.
Current production V20 diesel engines include the Wärtsilä 20V32 which produces up to 9.8 MW (13,100 hp), the MTU 20V4000 which produces 10.0 MW (13,410 hp) and the Caterpillar C175-20.
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