Cutterhead Bearings


Composite Water Lubricated Cutterhead Shaft Bearings

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Thordon Composite has been consistently outperforming rubber in dredge cutterhead bearing applications since it was introduced in the 1970's. Composite bearing wear rates in dirty abrasive conditions are typically half that of rubber bearings reducing maintenance downtime over the life of the vessel.

Benefits:

  • Proven bearing wear life - lasting twice as long as rubber
  • Reduced maintenance down time
  • Water lubricated - no grease
  • Easy installation

Thordon Composite is a two component bearing formulated specifically for use in very abrasive environments such as water lubricated cutterhead shafts. The actual bearing surface is a soft black material that is homogeneous - no layers of differing materials and properties are consistent through the wall thickness. This black material is fused to a yellow, stiff, high strength polymer sleeve.

Composite bearings are available in a full range of sizes in both tube and stave configurations.







Design

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The final (fully finished) sizing of a Thordon elastomer or ThorPlas bearing can be determined by using the Thordon Bearing Sizing Calculation Program.

To download the Thordon Bearing Sizing Calculation Program Version 2017, Release 10, a user registration is required.

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Download Bearing Sizing Calculation Program (2.2 MB) Version 2017, Release 10

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    Thordon's Dredger References Grow with New Orders from Suez Canal Authority

    Dec 02, 2020
    The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) has replaced the rubber cutterhead bearings on the 102m (335ft) dredger Mahmoud Younis with a water-lubricated Composite bearing from Thordon Bearings. The retrofit, which took place at the Port Said Shipyard’s floating drydock, follows the success of a similar installation aboard CSD Mashhour, the largest dredger in the SCA fleet. Its rubber cutterhead bearings were replaced last year, providing the first Thordon installation with the Authority.
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    NMDC Completes Umm Al Anber Refurbishment with Thordon Composite

    Oct 06, 2020
    Umm Al Anber, a 72m (236ft) heavy duty cutter suction dredger operated by Abu Dhabi-based National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC) has completed the refurbishment of its cutterhead shaft bearings as part of an extensive refit at Dubai Maritime City. Thordon Bearings’ Dubai-based distributor for the Middle East, Ocean Power International LLC (OPI), replaced the cutterhead and intermediate line shaft bearings like-for-like with Thordon’s water-lubricated Composite system. The turnkey project included shaft dismantlement, laser alignment, in-situ line boring, calibration, installation and commissioning.
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