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Head of Engine Life Cycle Services
Lufthansa Technik AG
It's sometimes as easy as this: a clean engine works better and needs less fuel and maintenance – hence, it reduces operating costs. But conventional engine washing methods often entail a lengthy, complex process. This drawback in mind we developed Cyclean®. Ourpatented technology for washing engines provides a quick and easy procedure: Cyclean® washing stations are available at airports around the world. And in order to be even closer to your operations, we are routinely adding new locations to our network. Looking into the future, our state-of-the-art engine core cleaning system is now available for the next generations of engines such as PW1100G/1500G and LEAP-1A/-1B. What's more, our design engineers are putting a lot of research and development effort to further increase the customer benefit of engine washes with new technological approaches.
“When we look at engine condition monitoring data of various engine types, we see significant and long-lasting benefits from Cyclean® washes. These include an increased EGT margin and a reduction in fuel flow. Besides that, our customers also report an increased average on-wing time for engines that are frequently washed using Cyclean®.”
Oliver Winter, Head of Engine Life Cycle Services, Lufthansa Technik
The patented technical features of the Cyclean® system enable highly efficient engine cleaning. By injecting vaporized hot water directly into the core engine, a Cyclean® engine wash can be performed in less than one hour at any location at an airport, since an engine run after the wash is no longer required. The short service time leads to enormous time savings and makes scheduling a lot easier. . Our latest generation of Cyclean® wash units is now additionally equipped with an integrated glycol mixing system. In this way, we can add antifreeze agent to the water which extends the operation limit down to below zero: engine washes up to minus ten degrees Celsius are thus possible.
A wastewater collection is part of Cyclean® as we are aware of our environmental needs. The system guarantees a clean and safe collection of the polluted water without any negative impact on the environment. Adding the fact that a clean engine requires less fuel and helps to reduce emissions makes Cyclean® a truly sustainable product.