Damper damage

What’s under your paint?

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We’ve got a power generation engine in for an overhaul.

It’s being overhauled to replace one that’s failed and it’s been taken from a low-hours generator set.

But, given that it’s 41 years old, an overhaul is required to ensure continued service of the engine.

Here at Bartech HQ, we have dedicated cleaning facilities for all engine components (except the crankcases which are sent to a specialist cleaning facility), and after initial inspection and dismantling, we ensure all parts go through this process.

Why am I telling you this?

Well, something we found during the cleaning process made me wonder:

What is hidden under your paint?

After the damper’s paint was removed, hammer marks could be seen on the face, rendering this unit unfit for continued service.

Damper damage

At first inspection, these marks could not be seen, highlighting the importance of thorough cleaning before measurements are taken and crack detection carried out if no signs of damage are visible.

What inspection processes do your components go through?

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