General Electric LM2500
|An LM2500 on USS Ford (FFG-54)|
|National origin||United States|
|Developed from||General Electric CF6|
The LM2500 is available in 3 different versions:
- The LM2500 delivers 33,600 shaft horsepower (shp) (25,060 kW) with a thermal efficiency of 37 percent at ISO conditions. When coupled with an electric generator, it delivers 24 MW of electricity at 60 Hz with a thermal efficiency of 36 percent at ISO conditions.
- The improved, 3rd generation, LM2500+ version of the turbine delivers 40,500 shp (30,200 kW) with a thermal efficiency of 39 percent at ISO conditions. When coupled with an electric generator, it delivers 29 MW of electricity at 60 Hz with a thermal efficiency of 38 percent at ISO conditions.
- The latest, 4th generation, LM2500+G4 version was introduced in November 2005 and delivers 47,370 shp (35,320 kW) with a thermal efficiency of 39.3 percent at ISO conditions.
The turbines have been used in various applications such as in warships of the U.S. and a number of other world navies, hydrofoils, hovercraft and fast ferries. As of 2004, more than one thousand LM2500/LM2500+ gas turbines have been in service for more than 29 international navies.
Recently, the increasing demands for low weight, high power engines in the oil and gas industry has led to GE developing a dedicated version for offshore use. This FPSO version is lighter and more compact, and is being used both for electricity generation and for directly driving compressors, e.g. for compressing natural gas going out into pipelines.
Design and development
The LM2500 was first used in US Navy warships in the Spruance class of destroyers and the related Kidd class, which were constructed from 1970. In this configuration it was rated to 21,500 shp (16,000 kW). This configuration was subsequently used into the 1980s in the Oliver Hazard Perry class frigates, and Ticonderoga class cruisers. It was also used by one of People's Republic of China's Type 052 Luhu Class Missile Destroyer (Harbin 112) acquired before the embargo.
The LM2500 was uprated to 26,500 shp (19,800 kW) for the Arleigh Burke class destroyers, which were initiated in the 1980s and started to see service in the early 1990s, and the T-AOE-6 class of fast combat tanker.
In 2001 the LM2500 ( 20 MW ) was installed in a sound-proof capsule in the South African Navy Valour class (Meko A-200 SAN) frigates as part of a CODAG propulsion system with two MTU 16V 1163 TB93 Propulsion Diesels.
The current generation was uprated in the late 1990s to over 30,000 shp (22,000 kW).
Many of the military LM2500 installations place the engine inside a metal container of the same dimensions as a standard 40-foot (12 m) intermodal shipping container - 8 feet (2.4 m) wide, 8.5 feet (2.6 m) tall, and 40 feet (12 m) long. The containerized LM2500s may be designed for easy removal from their ships if the air intake ducting is shaped appropriately.
The LM2500+ is an evolution of the LM2500, delivering up to 40,200 shp (30,000 kW) or 28.6 MW of electric energy when combined with an electrical generator. Two of such turbo-generators have been installed in the superstructure near the funnel of Queen Mary 2, the world's largest transatlantic ocean liner, for additional electric energy when the ship's four diesel-generators are working at maximum capacity or fail. Celebrity Cruises uses two LM2500+ engines in their Millennium-class ships in a COGAS cycle.
- Italian aircraft carrier Cavour (550) (Italian Navy)
- HTMS Chakri Naruebet (Royal Thai Navy)
- Spanish aircraft carrier Principe de Asturias (Spanish Navy)
- Vikrant class aircraft carrier (Indian Navy)
- Arleigh Burke class destroyer (United States Navy)
- Atago class destroyer (Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force)
- Durand de la Penne class destroyer (Italian Navy)
- Gwanggaeto the Great class destroyer (Republic of Korea Navy)
- Kidd class destroyer (United States Navy)
- King Sejong the Great class destroyer (Republic of Korea Navy)
- Kongō class destroyer (Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force)
- Spruance class destroyer (United States Navy)
- Type 052 destroyer (People's Liberation Army Navy)
- Adelaide class frigate (Royal Australian Navy)
- Álvaro de Bazán class frigate (Spanish Navy)
- Anzac class frigate (Royal Australian Navy, Royal New Zealand Navy)
- Brandenburg class frigate (German Navy)
- Bremen class frigate (German Navy)
- Cheng Kung class frigate (Republic of China Navy)
- FREMM multipurpose frigate (French Navy, Italian Navy, Royal Moroccan Navy)
- Fridtjof Nansen class frigate (Royal Norwegian Navy)
- Halifax class frigate (Royal Canadian Navy)
- Horizon class frigate (French Navy, Italian Navy)
- Hydra class frigate (Hellenic Navy)
- Naresuan class (Royal Thai Navy)
- Oliver Hazard Perry class frigate (United States Navy)
- Sachsen class frigate (German Navy)
- Santa María class frigate (Spanish Navy)
- Shivalik class frigate (Indian Navy)
- Valour class frigate (South African Navy)
- Vasco da Gama class frigate (Portuguese Navy)
- Ulsan class frigate (Republic of Korea Navy)
- Niels Juel class corvette (Royal Danish Navy)
- Sa'ar 5 class corvette (Israeli Navy)
- Inhauma class corvette (Brazilian Navy)
- Related development
- Comparable engines
- Related lists
- "LM2500 Marine Gas Turbine Data Sheet". GE Aviation.
- "LM2500+ Marine Gas Turbine Data Sheet". GE Aviation.
- "LM2500+G4 Marine Gas Turbine Data Sheet". GE Aviation.
- "GE Marine to Supply IHI with LM2500 Gas Turbines to Power Japan's 15DDG AEGIS Destroyer" (Press release). GE Aviation. 6 May 2004.
- "From aircraft to blowout preventer, GE's global technology cross-polinates". World Oil Online. 10 September 2012.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to GE LM2500.|
- Official GE Aviation page for LM2500 (GEAE).
- Official GE Aviation page for LM2500+.
- Official GE Aviation page for LM2500+G4.
- FAS information page on US Navy LM2500 usage
- SA Navy Valour class frigate page