Aluminum tin (AlSn)-lined tilt pads provide higher load capacity than whitemetal pads due to higher temperature capability and greater fatigue resistance. This higher load capacity can be leveraged to upgrade equipment capacity or to improve efficiency.
Read how AlSn-lined thrust pads enabled a series of performance upgrades on a heavy-duty gas turbine in “A System Integration Approach for Heavy-Duty Gas Turbine Upgrades Using Improved Rotor Thrust Predictions and Application of Advanced Thrust Bearing Designs.”
(Authored by Bavassano F, Mantero M, Traverso R, Livermore-Hardy R, Blair B. Published in ASME Turbo Expo 2017: Power for Land, Sea, and Air, Volume 5B: Heat Transfer: V05BT15A012. doi:10.1115/GT2017-63647.)
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