Flywheel In-situ Repair on the US East Coast

Starting up a handymax bulk carrier’s 48-bore, two-stroke main engine with its turning gear engaged resulted in the turning gear shattered and in damage to 12 consecutive teeth on the flywheel.

The turning gear was damaged beyond repair and had to be replaced. Not only was its housing shattered but the planetary gears were completely destroyed too.

Faced with the costly and unpalatable reality of most likely having to replace the flywheel as well, the ship management company turned to QuantiServ for help. Always liking a challenge when we see one, we engineered and delivered a comprehensive solution that consisted of the following:

  • Inspection on board
  • CAD and FEA modeling to engineer an economical yet structurally very strong solution
  • CNC machining of repair inserts in our workshop
  • In-situ machining of the flywheel on board
  • Stitching the repair inserts in place

Our in-situ machining and metal stitching specialists carried out the work in February 2019, during the vessel’s port stay in Florida, without interfering in her schedule.

QuantiServ carries out a number of gearwheel repair assignments every year, mostly for industrial, marine and mining customers.

Flywheel Teeth Dentistry on a Container Ship in Hong Kong

 

Our in-situ specialists from QuantiServ Dubai have just completed another flywheel repair. This time it was for a very large European owner, on one of their large container ships with a 12-cylinder, 96-bore engine while on anchorage in Hong Kong. Our specialists machined off two damaged teeth and installed an insert, which they had pre-fabricated at their workshop before boarding the vessel and which they sent on board jointly with the in-situ tools.
The total work took 42 hours – three long days of work – and the result is something that they can be very proud of!

Damaged flywheel with two severely damaged teeth

Damaged flywheel with two severely damaged teeth

Removal of the damaged teeth by in-situ milling

Removal of the damaged teeth by in-situ milling

Pre-fabricated insert installed, repair completed

Pre-fabricated insert installed, repair completed

In-situ flywheel repair on a 3400 TEU container vessel in Mombasa, Kenya

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Milling and tapping, preparation for the teeth inserts to be installed

In-situ flywheel repair on a 3400 TEU container vessel in Mombasa, Kenya

QuantiServ received a request from a customer to repair the serration on a main engine flywheel. The vessel called Dubai, where QuantiServ engineers carried out an inspection. They found that five teeth were missing; an isolated one and four in a row.

While the vessel continued her voyage to Africa, our technicians manufactured new teeth and fitted bolts at our workshop in Dubai. They then brought these jointly with the required in-situ machine tools to the vessel, which had meanwhile reached the port of Mombasa in Kenya. There, the machining and installation work was carried out by four engineers in two shifts, around the clock, while the vessel was undergoing cargo operations.

Prefabricated teeth and fitting bolts

Prefabricated teeth and fitting bolts

The work was completed successfully within a tight time window of 72 hours without delaying or otherwise interfering with the vessel’s normal sailing schedule.

The final result, five missing teeth replaced

The final result, five missing teeth replaced