Engine balancing improves performance and reduces operating costs. When a cylinder fails to carry its share of the load, the other cylinders must pick up that load. This can easily cause some of the cylinders to experience excessive firing pressures, temperatures, and even detonation.
During detonation, pressures well in excess of design values will occur. This overloads pin bushings, connecting rod bearings, and main bearings. However, the real damage to the engine is caused by the extreme temperatures that accompany detonation.
Thermal stresses caused by the extreme temperature can result in cracked cylinder heads and cylinders. Lubrication breakdowns result in scuffing and wearing of rings and liners, wearing of port bridges, and ultimately piston seizure. Our balancing services help alleviate these problems.
From time to time, we have been asked by our customers to provide the following services in addition to our usual analysis services:
- Preventive/Predictive Program Design and Setup
- Overhaul Planning and Oversight
- Project Management
- Failure Analysis
Training is available periodically or on-site by request. Periodically, we offer classes for engine power cylinder balancing, basic engine/compressor analysis, and advanced engine/compressor analysis at our location.