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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Insitu grinding of crankshaft and polishing is offered by RA Power Solutions Pvt. Ltd. for last more than 3 decades. Our experienced technicians reach at site in minimum possible time with Insitu crankshaft grinding machine and undertake crankshaft repair without removing of crankshaft from the main engine.
The Insitu crankshaft grinding is undertaken by light weight portable Insitu crankshaft grinding machine which is operated pneumatically. The equipment is of latest design and is capable to maintain the close tolerance within 20 to 30 microns in terms of taper and ovality. Onsite crankshaft grinding can also be undertaken while the vessel is sailing. This is possible due to continuous research and development done by our engineers to minimize the vibrations while the vessel is sailing.Our technicians hold valid seamen book and can sail if required.
The time required for repair that involves crank pin grinding and polishing of crankshaft is minimum due to the latest design of our crankshaft grinding equipment executed by experienced technicians.
Author of this blog is Raj Shahani, Managing Director of RA Power Solutions Pvt. Ltd. He has been working on crankshafts for last more than 36 years. The author had his training with leading crankshaft manufacturers like CKD Skoda in Pilsener Czech Republic , Sidenor in Spain, National Forge in Germany, etc.