ISX15 (2013) Diesel Engine Installation
Volvo – VNL Heavy Duty Truck – 780
By Dibyajyoti Laha
• Cummins Inc. is the designer, manufacturer, distributor of engines, filtration and power generation products.
Cummins is Fortune 500 company.
• Dates back to the 1919, Cummins was founded by Clessie Cummins.
• The biggest manufacturer for the diesel engines for the
trucking company by 1937.
• Based with its headquarters at Columbia, Indiana, U.S. Cummins Inc.
is a massive international organization with operating overseas in more
than 190 countries along its subsidiaries and strong network of 6000
dealers worldwide resulting in the net revenue of income nearly $17 billion.
• Global clients include: Komatsu, Volvo, DAF, MAN, IVECO, Tata.
You name it !
• Much of its major business segments involve
– 1. Engine Power Generation
– 2. Component Business and
• Finding a Cummins designed diesel engine
• To pick an on highway application of the Cummins selected diesel
• To explore the proper installation methods for the engine onto the
vehicle using customer engineering prospects.
• Relatively, consideration for the smooth functionality of the engine for
• To conclude the whole research of the customer engineering application
for the engine to the client in 8 minutes.
• The part of the engineering group which is responsible for providing the solutions and the services to their client / customer who
has signed a contract.
INSTALLATION TEST & AFTER
Cylinder head torque
Drive pulley (harmonic
Intake manifold must be cleaned
Rocker arm assemblies
Heat riser or exhaust thermostat
Preventing the causes of thrust
bearing failure is the responsibility of
Define the Customer and Vessel
major features and options
required by the customer
Finalize machinery layout.
Document the design and layout
Communication with builder and
Initiate preliminary engine
option list for engine shop order.
Design review with the
Confirm Design Compliance
Conduct the Trial test
Document the Installation
Commissioning, Auditing, Statistics &
Process Quality & Client Delivery /
Shipping & Service
Commissionaire the final model with the
internal audits and external audits (clients or
Keep hold of the manufacturing unit
using 6sigma strategies and use of
Statistical Process Quality.
The finished engines with the proper
Documentation and installation to the
• Concept phase is before the selection and installation of the engine to the client’s vehicle.
• Comparison of the requirements to the range of the engines
& their features.
• Use of Pugh Chart for features.
• Referring PDS for exact engine selection.
• Going through Conceptual phase and evaluating.
• Value analysis.
• Referring Gantt Chart for the installation project.
• Reviewing and finalizing the engine.
(Figure right: Shows the steps from customer engineering selection of engine to selling and installing it to the client.)
On Highway Application
Engine requirements for Volvo VNL 780 – Heavy Duty Truck
• Volvo VNL 780American is an American highway heavy duty truck.
• Use of Cummins heavy duty diesel engines
to meet its need.
• Designed for demanding professional drivers.
• Optimized fuel efficiency.
(Figure Right: Volvo VNL 780, advertised, Volvo Website)
• Responsive yet fuel efficient.
• Strong braking systems
• Harsh environment engine operations. Long run.
• Ease of start and long term service free engines.
• Maintaining the brand identity.
(Figure on right below: Showing the calibration and dashboard of
Volvo VNL Series 780 )
Diesel Engine Preface
How a diesel engine works ?
• Turn key is used for ignition.
• Fuel pumps deliver the fuel from the fuel tank to the engine.
• The fuel injection pump pressurizes fuel into a delivery tube.
• The fuel, air, and “fire” meet in the cylinders.
• Combustion spreads from the smaller amount of fuel that’s
placed under pressure in the precombustion chamber to the
fuel and air in the combustion chamber itself.
Cummins Diesel Engines
Ranges for On Highway heavy duty applications
• Wide range of the diesel engines from Cummins for oh highway heavy duty applications.
ISX15 for Heavy-Duty Truck (2013) SmartAdvantage™ Powertrain for HD Truck (2013) ISX12 for Heavy-Duty Truck (2013)
ISX12 G ISG11/12 ISX15 for Heavy-Duty Truck (EPA 2010) ISX for Heavy-Duty Truck (EPA 07)
and counting on ISX & ISG series.
Why Cummins ISX15 (2013) ?
• Better Fuel Economy.
Certified to meet 2014 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Cummins ISX15 is the industry leader in fuel economy with 2% better fuel economy
• Better Reliability and Durability.
Total integration of everything from the air handling to the exhaust after treatment allows us to optimize every function to a degree no other engine
manufacturer can match
• Better Performance.
Ratings range from 400-600 hp (298-447 kW) with up to 2050 lb-ft (2779 N•m) of peak torque
• Better Coverage For Better Confidence.
Ratings range from 400-600 hp (298-447 kW) with up to 2050 lb-ft (2779 N•m) of peak torque
• Engine Specifications (Cummins Website, accessed online)
Advertised Horsepower 400-600 hp 298-447 kW
Peak Torque 1450-2050 lb-ft 1966-2779 Nm
Governed Speed 1800-2000 rpm
Clutch Engagement Torque 1000 lb-ft 1356 Nm
Number of Cylinders 6
System Weight 3204 lb 1453 kg
Engine (Dry) 2964 lb 1344 kg
Aftertreatment System* 240 lb 109 kg
ISX15 – Volvo VNL 780
Steps Installation Quality Assurance Process
• Volvo as client vehicle requirements.
• Reason for selecting ISX15 (2013) & Rating
• Heavy duty
• Fuel efficiency
• Lesser NOx
• Drive Cycles; Duty Cycles
• Comparison with other series of engine and determining the factors.
• Packaging the engine into the vehicle
• Defining critical components
• Defining mounting scheme
• Major vehicle connection point zones
• Fuel Water Air Exhaust.
• Documentation of design and layout issues
• Engine Sub-Systems design
• Construct Engine Order
• Design Compliance with the vehicle confirmation
• Test trail
• Installation, Service and Documentation
For ISX15 (2013) On Volvo VNL 780
• Engine mounting system
• Engine driven accessories
• Exhaust system
• Cooling system
• Air intake system
• Fuel system
• Electrical system
• Starting system
• Electronic control system
• Controls, gauges, and alarms
• Lubrication system
• Test trail/ test run
For a successful installation of the engine on to the Volvo VNL 780 the above factors play an
important role apart from certain considerations mentioned at the end of presentation.
Factor 1 -
Engine mounting system
• The mounting system must be constructed so the supporting
structure deflections do not overstress the engine castings.
(Figure right shows typical Engine mounting bed )
• The engine must have sufficient clearance to prevent damage
from physical contact between the engine components and adjoining vessel structures.
• Vibration Isolators must be installed so their horizontal centreline is parallel to the
crankshaft centreline and their vertical centreline is parallel to both the engine vertical
centreline and to the rear face of the block. (Vibration Isolators llal to the horizontal central line , figure on right)
• Vibration isolators must be free to deflect and not be fully compressed under static load.
• The engine must be installed so the static bending moment at the point where the flywheel housing is
attached to the engine does not exceed the maximum value on the General Engine Data Sheet.
• Static installation angle should not exceed the General
Engine Data sheet value.
(Figure left to Right : engine installation
angles; shows a maximum installation
• The angular alignment of the torsional coupling must be within the coupling and gear Cummins's
• The engine crankshaft end clearance must be within specifications after
installation of the gear or any accessories that imposes an axial load on the
(Figure in right (top) – Crankshaft; right – Crankshaft clearance end)
• The calculated axial load on the crankshaft must not exceed the
values specified on the General Engine Data Sheet.
• A Torsional Vibration Analysis must be performed on all new engine installations with remote mounted
• The results from a Torsional Vibration Analysis (TVA), performed, must be within acceptable limits of
General Engine Data Sheet.
• Proper test of the crankcase pressure before installation.
Engine Driven Accessories
• The total power taken off the front of the crankshaft must not exceed the value listed in the Engine
Performance Curve and Data Sheet.
Torque (N•m) = HP x 7120 / n
Torque (lb-ft.) = HP x 5252 / n
where HP (Horse Power = (Flow rate (L/m) x Pressure (kPa) x Design Service Factor) / n x Efficiency
• Brackets used to mount accessories must provide adequate strength to hold the static and dynamic load of
the accessory and avoid resonant vibration within the normal
operating range of the engine.
• All exposed rotating components must have a protective guard.
• The calculated radial load on the crankshaft must not exceed the
values specified in the Engine General Data Sheet.
(Figure in right shows the values of the radial load in relation to angle of the engine.)
• Belt driven accessories must be mounted on the engine when
a flexible mounting system is used.
• Belt driven equipment must be held in alignment to a tolerance of
1 mm in 200mm (1/16 inch in 12 inches)(Figure in right)
Factor 4 -
• The exhaust back pressure must not exceed the value specified in the General Engine Data Sheet.
• The exhaust system components must not impose excessive load or bending moment on the
exhaust manifold or turbocharger due to weight, inertia, relative motion of the components, or
dimensional change due to thermal growth.
• The exhaust system must prevent the entrance of water into the engine.
• Exhaust system surfaces that persons or gear may come in contact with must not exceed 93 C
• Dispersion of Exhaust gases.
• Piping must not be installed near combustible
(figure in the right shows the first generation of
Cummins ISX series exhaust manifolds.)
Factor 5 –
• All joints, components, piping, and connections must be leak free.
• The engine must have a closed cooling system that will maintain the system pressure.
• Remote mounted expansion tanks must be mounted with the low
coolant alarm level above the highest point in the cooling system.
• The coolant level sensor must be installed in the expansion tank.
• All cooling system accessories must have a minimum pressure rating.
(Figure right: Use of Cummins Coolant)
• Heat Exchanger needs to be cooled.
• The system must vent during initial fill to allow filling of the total
cooling system volume to 95 percent of its full capacity.
• The cooling system must remove entrained air at
engine start-up, and must continuously remove air
that enters the cooling system during normal operation.
(Figure right: Heat Exchanger, combined manifold analysis)
A B C D E F G H
End Cover Front Tubestack Body tube Filler Cap
Body Large hose clip Small Hose Clip
Factor 6 –
Air Intake System
• The air intake system restriction must not exceed the value specified in the Engine GeneralData Sheet.
• All ducts, components, and connections must be free from leaks.
(Figure below: Air filter in diesel engine; Figure right below: Cummins ISX Air filter )
• All ducts, components, and connections must be capable of operating continuously in a maximum
ambient temperature of 92° C (200° F).
• The air cleaner must have an initial efficiency of 99.5%, an overall efficiency of 99.9%, and a dirt holding
capacity as per test specifications
Factor 7 –
• The fuel used in Cummins engines must meet the requirements
specified by Cummins service bulletin.
• The fuel supply line must be routed to prevent pressure
surges and must be free from vertical loops.
• All joints, components, and connections must be leak free.
• The fuel tank must be equipped with a vent; the vent must
be designed and installed to prevent the entry of water
(Figure right: showing the fuel System in standard diesel engine)
• Flexible lines must be installed between the engine and vessel
plumbing to allow for relative motion.
• All hoses must be adequately protected from chafing and clipped
to appropriate pieces on the engine/vessel structure such that there
is not overhanging load on connections.
(Figure in right: Showing the Cummins Diesel engine filter)
Factor 8 –
• The battery bank cranking ampere rating must be greater than the value specified in the Engine General
• The battery bank reserve capacity must not be less than the value
specified in the Engine General Data Sheet.
(Figure right: Proper use of the metals for the batteries.)
• The voltage at the battery must exceed the minimum voltage
specified in the General Engine Data Sheet.
• Cummins supplied wiring harnesses must be installed without
modifications or splices.
• All ground connections to the engine must be to a common point.
• The wiring must use protective grommets at clamp points.
(Figure right: Proper cover of the wiring)
• All powered circuits must include wiring and overcurrent protection that complies with governing
standards of the intended application.
• Cummins provided alternators must be used.
• Starter(s) must be connected directly to the battery or to a common connection point (bus), which is
connected directly to the battery.
• A battery disconnect switch must be installed.
• The engine must achieve a minimum cranking speed
• The engine must be prevented from
starting when in gear.
(Figure Right: Use of ECM Cooling plates and connectors)
• The ECM determines the fuelling and timing
quantities within a given bank and commands the
corresponding fuel pulse widths from the actuators.
(Figure right: Showing the actuator flows)
Factor 10 –
Electronic Control System
• The ECM power cable must be a dedicated power supply to the ECM. No additional loads may be
connected to the ECM power cable.
• The ECM power cable must have proper overcurrent protection.
• The ECM power cable circuit resistance must not exceed 50 milli ohm
• The ECM positive and negative power cables must be connected to the engine battery so that the power
to the ECM will not be interrupted during operation.
• The data link diagnostic connector must be installed in a technician accessible location
(Figure Right: Showing the ECM and the cable length)
Factor 11 –
Controls, Gauges & Alarms
• Instrument panels and wiring must be installed according to Cummins installation instructions.
• There must be no additional electrical devices connected to the instrument panels.
• All audible and visual alarms must have test and acknowledge/reset capability
• Wiring harnesses and hoses must be secured to the vessel where the harness will not be subjected to
physical damage or high temperatures, and will not interfere with normal vessel operating activities.
• Mechanical fuel pump throttle lever must be against the idle stop when the hand lever(s) is in the idle
position and against the wide open stop when the hand lever(s) is in the fuel throttle position
(both forward and reverse).
(Figure right: Showing the mechanical throttle pump of a
cummins onan engine)
Factor 12 –
• The lubricating oil used in the engine must meet the specifications listed in the Operation and
• Unmarked oil dipsticks must be engraved (not stamped or notched) with the high and low levels when
the vessel is in the water and at its normal trim.
• The primary lubricating oil filter that is supplied by Cummins Inc. with every engine must be used.
• All joints, components, and connections must be leak free.
• Fittings and threaded connections must be free from teflon tape or wrap style thread sealants.
(Figure Below left to Right: oil pan immersion heater; engraving dipstick; Use of flexible hoses)
• Corrosion prevention for engine (galvanizing, painting) (cummins website, online)
• Understanding vehicle setup rear axle ratio.
• Determining the vehicle setup tire revolutions per distance.
• OEM ambient air temperature sensor working.
• Crankcase ventilator heater enable.
• Engine braking and engine oil working properly with the hydraulics.
• Powertrain protection switched torque limit with
• Powertrain protection axle torque limit.
• Powertrain protection gear ratios.
(Figure right: Engine being painted before final installation)
Test Trial / Run
• Trial tests must be completed according to the procedures specified within this document for all new
engine installations and following major engine repairs.
• All readings requiring manual measurements must be recorded at three speeds: Full throttle, max
speed, and peak torque in rpm.
• Trial measurements must be above the minimum value and below the maximum value listed in the
Engine General Data Sheet and the Engine Performance Curves and Data Sheet.
(Figure right to left : Shows the tested and properly documented engines ready for the clients, at Darlington Engine plant, UK)
(The testing of the manufactured diesel engines)
After Sales Service & Marketing
• Non-Cummins Inc. supplied hoses and fittings connected to the engine or gear must comply with the
standards of Cummins ISX15.
• Promotion of the engine by providing a service operation for 5 years.
• Free service of the engine up to 3 years or 100,000 miles.
• Cummins Care.
• Ease of servicing ports and service station locations within reachable access.
• Proper documentation of the product’s test and service to Volvo.
• Cummins ISX15 EPA certification 2013. Greener technology solution with negligible amount of NOx. &
diesel particulate emissions. Complying the EU laws.
• Engine security features & anti theft control features.
• Cummins Engine Website: http://cumminsengines.com/isx15-heavy-duty-truck-
2013?#specifications [Accessed online. 16th April 2014]
• Cummins Inc. – History
• Cummins On highway Application. Website : http://cumminsengines.com/powerspec-isx-
vehicle-setup [Accessed online. 20th April 2014]
• Volvo heavy duty trucks. Website: http://www.volvotrucks.com/trucks/na/en-
us/products/vnl/vnl780/Pages/vnl780.aspx [Accessed online. 20th April 2014]
• Cummins diesel engine understanding. Website:
http://www.cumminspowersouth.com/CPSU/ [Accessed online 21st April 2014]