Sulzer model 6RTA Engine was reported damaged in high seas near Mombasa on a transit to Sri Lanka. On investigation, it was observed that the connecting rod bolts got sheared damaging lower and upper engine block and three crankpins of the Crankshaft.
On preliminary examination multiple cracks on upper and lower crack case of engine block were observed measuring in totality 2900 mm in terms of length. Three crankpins were damaged developing taper and ovality exceeding more than 1 mm. RA Power Solutions team of technicians worked non-stop and executed the repair of crankpins by onsite crankshaft grinding machine. All pins were undersized to 1.5 mm due to the damage.
The engine block cracks were repaired by metal locking and metal stitching process. The complete job was executed within 68 hours. The hard work, knowledge, experience, sincerity of technicians have been very much appreciated by the owners. This achievement was possible due to RA Power Solutions having latest design of equipment, experienced technicians having Indian CDC.
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The onsite crankshaft grinding machine is placed on both side of the radius of the crankpin and tool rotates undertaking grinding and polishing of crankshaft. This process of crankshaft grinding by in-situ crankshaft grinding machine is successful generally for the diameter of the crankpin of 200 mm and above having a bearing width of 125 mm minimum.
For the smaller diameter of the crankpin, it is not possible to undertake the grinding by taking the reference of radius fillet due to the space constraints.
RA Power Solutions has introduced a compact, easy to operate onsite crankshaft grinding machine which is suitable for grinding and polishing of small diameters of the crankpin above 30 mm. The crankpin bearing width can be as small as 30 to 40 mm. With this latest technological advance crankshaft grinding machine, it is easy to grind the smaller diameter of the crankpin having smaller crankpin bearing width.
The crankshaft grinding machine has the main features of machining, grinding and polishing of the crankpin. The tolerances in terms of taper, ovality, surface finish are maintained far better than the manufacturer’s recommendation.
RA Power Solutions having 4 decades of experience in in-situ crankshaft grinding have executed successfully repair of more than 11,000 crankshaft all over the world and are leaders in this field.