Leading Operator of Energy Plants Experiencing Good Performance with Elastomeric Water Lubricated Guide BearingsMay 07, 2007 (Press Releases)
Many of the world's vertical and horizontal hydro turbines run on water lubricated main guide bearings. Wear life for water lubricated main guide bearings is heavily influenced by the type and quantity of abrasives present in the water. Bearing replacement on a 3 to 5-year cycle is common in many applications using conventional water-lubricated main guide bearing materials such as phenolic laminates or rubber. However, recent observations from one leading hydro-power plant operator points to significantly longer wear life and reduced operating costs from an elastomeric polymer bearing, Thordon SXL.