Fast and Reliable Development of Heat Transfer Solutions
Vestas aircoil specializes in providing individually designed heat transfer solutions that meet customer requirements and specifications.
Since 1956, Vestas aircoil has been a leader in charge air cooler design and manufacturing, starting with marine diesel engines. Throughout the years, we have become the preferred choice for customized and cutting-edge engine cooling systems, catering to renowned engine manufacturers worldwide. Our unwavering commitment to delivering high-performance and dependable solutions has solidified our position as the leading partner in this field.
Vestas aircoil values traditional principles of craftsmanship, experience, and innovation. We have built trusted and long-standing partnerships with leading commercial players such as Caterpillar, Wärtsilä, MAN Energy Solutions, WinGD, Cummins, CompAir, INNIO, Progress Rail, Wabtec, Hyundai, and Mitsui. Our reputation as specialists in providing high-quality solutions is a result of many years of close collaboration with these renowned international partners.
We prioritize performance optimization, environmental impact, and product quality, striving to meet and exceed our customers’ requirements and expectations throughout the planning, development, and production phases. Our approach includes being responsive, patient, motivated, implementing continuous quality control, and ensuring on-time delivery – every time.
With multiple manufacturing sites strategically located worldwide, we ensure close and efficient collaboration with all clients, providing quick support and response times.
Focused Investments and Advanced Testing Facility
To maintain consistent high quality, we prioritize robotic manufacturing processes and invest in new robots for our manufacturing sites. Our core technology – efficient cooling – remains our primary focus.
Located in Denmark, our advanced R&D Laboratory continues to develop new technologies and solutions that enable our customers to meet their targets. Our R&D lab, known as the Center of Excellence, is a testing facility equipped with experimental equipment, specialized hardware, and software tools.
We possess a large charge air cooler test-rig that allows us to test small and medium-sized coolers under operating conditions. With dedicated workstations for numerical simulations and expertise in setting up efficient numerical simulations, we ensure thorough research and innovation.
Collaboration with Universities
In our pursuit of gaining new knowledge in heat exchanger design and development, we actively participate in doctoral training programs, such as the MSCA-ITN programs. One such project was our collaboration with the University of Southampton in the InDEStruct.eu project. The project addresses the lack of well-trained scientists in the multidisciplinary optimization of engineering systems, particularly those involving thermal and mechanical loading caused by vibration excitation, aerothermal flow, and their combined effect on structural damage.
Digital Transformation and the Concept of a Digital Twin
Industry 4.0 represents a major transformation facilitated by digital technologies, with its impacts already being felt. It encompasses the digital transformation of companies and the utilization of IoT (Internet of Things) in various applications.
One concept that fully exploits this transformation in mechanical design and manufacturing is the idea of a digital twin. A digital twin is a virtual representation of a physical system that serves as a real-time digital surrogate, providing insights into the system’s performance. Data is transmitted from the physical product to the digital model, which then generates performance measures for product optimization.
This approach increases productivity by reducing or replacing expensive and time-consuming physical testing of numerous design candidates.
New Revenue Streams and Cost Saving
A digital twin offers companies the potential to generate new revenue streams and achieve cost savings. It achieves this by reducing or eliminating the need for costly laboratory testing, enabling growth through increased insights and real-time data. Additionally, a digital twin can be used for real-time monitoring of the remaining lifetime of a product.
Vestas aircoil specializes in designing and manufacturing heat exchangers for marine and locomotive engines. Implementing a digital twin technology could greatly enhance the monitoring and maintenance of heat exchangers aboard these engines. By utilizing a digital twin, timely warnings regarding the health of the heat exchangers can be generated, reducing the risk of e.g., train breakdowns inside tunnels and thereby significantly improving overall human safety. The development of such a digital twin necessitates a comprehensive understanding of multiple disciplines and systems, and is a significant focus area for Vestas aircoil.