Testing of Bearing Materials for Large Two-stroke Marine Diesel Engines




Greater Copenhagen area

Fatigue mechanism of bearing lining material is not fully understood and the design limits with regards to minimum oil film thickness, max oil film pressure and oil film pressure gradient is not fully established. Large two-stroke journal bearings are not suitable for fatigue test due to the size, the low rotational speed and the complexity of such test-rig. The Disc Fatigue Test Rig (DTFR) is designed with the purpose to test white metal coatings under realistic bearing conditions, in a confined time-frame and to clarify some of the reasons and mechanisms for crack formation and growth in white metal lining due to fatigue.  The test-rig simulates a scale model of a thrust bearing. All parameters, such as bearing load, rotational speed, oil temperature is computer controlled to achieve good repeatability and a systematic approach to the experiments. Test performed on the test-rig shows good correlation on the fatigue cracks with those experienced on large two-stroke journal bearings. Our tests aims, for instance, to establish fatigue properties of standard white metal (HMO7) material, evaluate the influence of edge load and influence of bending stress in lining.

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MAN Energy Solutions A/S

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DTU Mekanik


Peder Klit




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MSc in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering


Peder Klit

ECTS credits

30 - 35


MSc thesis

Must be completed

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