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ABB app tackles non-original component effects

Geometric deviation calculation for the turbine wheel, showing impact of fuel consumption based on efficiency loss Geometric deviation calculation for the turbine wheel, showing impact of fuel consumption based on efficiency loss

ABB Turbocharging has developed a new digital application to identify the potential operational risks of replacing turbocharger parts with non-original components, using data from turbocharger failure scenario simulations to calculate the impact of parts from manufacturers that do not fit ABB turbocharger specifications.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The app offers numerical and graphical guidance on the consequences over time of using ‘copycat’ parts, ABB says. Displaying a 3-D animated image of a turbocharger for medium speed engines, the app focuses specifically on six components: turbine nozzle ring; impeller blades of the compressor wheel; the compressor casing; compressor wheel; turbine wheel; and turbine casing.

Sliding scales for each of these allows users to quantify the potential consequences of adjustments to material quality or geometric dimensions. The variation of each parameter is reflected as a potential impact for the turbocharger’s operation, for example its ability to withstand extreme heat, abrasive particles, or shock loading. It also shows the impact on turbocharger efficiency, and the implications of turbocharger failure.

Users can see the direct effect their turbocharger parts buying decisions have on time between overhauls (TBO), fuel consumption, and even on safety by operating outside tolerances specified by ABB.

“The calculation capability of this new app allows customers to see for themselves the potential impact to turbocharger performance and reliability of using parts other than those supplied by ABB,” said Remo Kissling, general manager service spare parts, ABB Turbocharging.

“Supporting our customers in better management of their maintenance is very important, and this app offers an objective means of simulating and calculating the impact of even the slightest deviation in material quality and dimensions from the ABB Turbocharging Original Parts standard.”

The app is available to download from October, for use through web browsers as well as iOS and Android mobile devices.{/mprestriction}

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