Describe a design of stern tube with water lubricated bearings

15 Apr '17, 03:42

April 15, 2017, 3:42 a.m.
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Stern tubes of this type are normally constructed of cast iron slightly larger at the forward end to ease removal. The forward end is connected to a doubler plate stiffened aft peak bulkhead and supplied with a stuffing box and with. The after end with a bearing comprising lignum vitae or similar, the wood is dove tailed into a brass bush, the wood is machined and cut on end grain. It can be lined with Lignum Vitae , rubber composition (cutlass rubber) or an approved plastic material .Certain plastics possess good bearing properties being inert and very tolerant of slow speed boundary lubrication conditions. Cresylic resin bonded asbestos s give good results in condition of heavy water contamination in the lubricating oil of almost 100%.

For water lubricated bearing not less than 4 x the diameter of the steel shaft. If the bearing is over 380mm diameter forced water lubrication must be used, a circulating pump or other source with a water flow indicator.

The shaft is withdrawn for examination every 3 years.

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