Plain bearings are one of the most critical assemblies. Their faults are accompanied with local overheating, babbit hardening on the shaft, shaft neck score, shaft seizure. The repair is quite laboursome and requires large time consumptions. To avoid expensive and continuous repairs it is necessary to control the assembly’s quality both in operation and repair/maintenance.
The diagnostic of the assembly in operation by vibration-diagnostic methods can be carried out by, for instance, the stationary system COMPACS® or the portable system Compacs®-micro™.
Repair or maintenance usually contains checking of an assembly’s geometrics, such as out-of-roundness, clearances, etc. However, the geometrics of assembly parts cannot be complete criteria for quality assessment, since it is not allowing to detect hidden defects. Among the most “dangerous” details are plain bearing liners. The most common ones – are double-layered plain bearing liners, which consists of a firm solid shell and anti-friction lining.
The statistics shows, that among the liner’s defects the most often are: lamination (separation of shell and lining layers) and unevenness (air bubbles and slag shots). The danger from such defects is caused by the possibility of sudden breakdown of defected liner and consequently fast destruction of the assembly. In order to detect the defects a bench ultrasonic control system for plain half bearings COMPACS®-USD was developed.
Kostyukov V.N., Kostyukov Al.V., Schelkanov A.V. Bench ultrasonic control system for plain bearing liners COMPACS-USD // Assembly in mechanical engineering, instrument making. - 2013. - №1. - pp.26-28.
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