Starting a dredger gearbox when the oil is cold puts tremendous strain on gears, bearings and the entire drive package. Running the gearbox with hot or dirty oil is just as bad. A lube conditioning system was the key to extending their life. Temperatures in the Southern United States have been hitting new lows and highs for several years. The cold temperatures were causing bearing failures and excessive wear on gearboxes in offshore dredgers. The solution to the problem was to heat the gear lube for several hours before starting the dredger so oil flowed freely and bearings were warm. High temperatures were also an issue and so the system was designed to include an air cooled heat exchanger to help cool the oil once it reached 130F.
Prior to building this system IFS worked with the gearbox manufacturer to establish the flow rate, temperature requirements and oil quality required to maximize performance and gearbox life.
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