HYDRO TECH designed and supplied a low-profile spring supported thrust bearing to replace the original flat plate bearing at Cataract GS (FPLE). The new thrust bearing system incorporates individual PTFE pads on a spring bed. This conversion lowered the running temperature of the thrust bearing from 83°C to 50° and substantially reduced the oil bath temperature by 25°C. Also, load capacity of the newly designed thrust bearing has increased by more than 200%. Learn more about this bearing conversion!
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Hydropower turbines have an unparalleled life span. However, at some point during the life of a hydro scheme, there will undoubtedly come a time where plant modernization will be required and certain aspects will have to be replaced, refurbished or upgraded.
Gilkes has a great deal of experience from single part replacement or upgrade to fully rehabilitating whole hydro installations back to their optimum working levels.