CHOCKS AND HOLDING DOWN BOLTS ARRANGEMENT

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The main engine is fitted on the ship’s hull with the help of holding down bolts and chocks. The floor where the engine is installed is excessively strengthened by heavy flooring and using additional bars and girders. The bedplate which is the base of the engine is attached by means of holding down bolts and chocks arrangement.

There are mainly two chock materials that are used to hold the main engine-

1.    Cast steel Chock

2.   Epoxy resins Chock.

CHOCKS TYPES

  • Support chocks
  • Side chocks
  • End chocks

PURPOSE OF CHOCKS

Chocks are used to compensate for the natural unevenness of the tank top

And provide engine with flat bed seating as close as to test bed of engine.

Arrangement of holding down bolts and chocks should be:

  • Support weight of the engine.
  • Secure engine rigidly in all sea conditions.
  • Withstand and transmit guide forces and propeller trust.
  • Provide enough stiffness to avoid resonance with propeller and engine induced vibrations.
  • Maintain alignment of engine.

SUPPORT CHOCK

END CHOCKS

EFFECTS OF LOOSE HOLDING DOWN BOLTS

  • Fretting will occur between chocks bedplate and tank top.
  • If re tightened then permanent misalignment.
  • Reduce stiffness of holding down bolts.
  • Vibrations may be induced.
  • Increased load on remaining chocks.
  • The same bolt may again loosened.
  • Torsional stresses on crankcase due to misalignment.

PROCEDURES TO FIT CHOCKS

  • Alignment
  • Chocks of 45-50 mm jacked up
  • Tapered chocks 1:100
  • 80% of contact area
  • crankcase deflection

MAINTENANCE

  • 1st check- 500 Hrs
  • 2nd check- 1000 Hrs
  • 3rd check- 2000 Hrs
  • 4th check- 4000 Hrs
  • 5th check- 8000 Hrs
  • Subsequently every 8000 Hrs

EPOXY RESIN CHOCKS

Advantages over cast iron chocks

  • Approved by all class.
  • Better contact without machining the bedplate or tank top.
  • Can be operated at 80°c.
  • Fuel & L.O. corrosion eliminated.
  • No fretting because these gets adhered to the bed plate.
  • Reduces noise.
  • Fitting is in hours not in days or weeks.
  • high physical properties at elevated temperature.

EPOXY TECH

  • Removal of grease paint oil mill scale and rust particles.
  • Thickness 25mm not restrictions as such
  • Below 13 mm and above 44mm is also possible
  • Chock area no less than 130cm² for each
  • Apply a thin film of inorganic zinc for corrosion resistance
  • Quantity required is volume of resin + extra 10%.

CONSIDERATIONS

  1. Machinery dead weight 7kg/cm²
  2. No. and dia. of holding down bolts
  3. Total dead weight includes tensioning of bolts should not exceed 35 kg/cm²
  4. Effective area of chocking
  5. Expected temp.
  6. Holding down bolt torque to be adjusted 2.5 times more than the dead weight.
  7. No allowance for shrinkage is necessary but we need a allowance of 0.001 *t, for the tightening of holding down bolts.

HOW TO

  • Condition resin and hardener for 24 hrs in temp of 20-25°c to suitable mixing and pouring viscosity.
  • Fit all bolts and hand tight them to a torque.
  • Construct dams height not less than 12mm and width not more than 20mm
  • Mix the resin and hardener– 200rpm for 3 min
  • After 3-4 hrs of pouring bring plate temp to
  •  16-18 °c for 48 hrs
  • 19-21° c for 24 hrs
  • Above 21° c for 18 hrs

EPOXY RESIN CHOCKS