Duramax Marine Rubber Lined Bearings

At KPS we stock a large range of Duramax Rubber lined Bearings in both non-metallic and Bronze housings, available in metric and imperial sizes.

Rubber Water-Lubricated Bearings, The Environmental Solution.

Water lubricated rubber bearings offer an alternative solution to the ever growing concerns of environmental restrictions, the high costs of maintenance and the replacement in today’s marine industry.

How are rubber-lined bearings an alternative? They use water as the lubricant. This concept is very important because if water is used rather than oil, contamination seals are not required.

If seals are not required, pumps and tanks may not be necessary. This leads to a simpler shaft bearing system and immediate cost savings.

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Advantages of Rubber Properties In Water-Lubricated Bearing Design.

  • The proprietary rubber formulation of the lined bearing is broken up by water grooves into a number of lands or faces. These surface lands run parallel to the shaft and serve in supporting it. A tough resilient rubber compound is selected which is relatively immune to the action of grit and sand and also helps reduce noise and vibration.
  • When a grit is trapped between the shaft and the rubber, it is depressed into the landing’s elastic surface and rolled into an adjacent water groove where it is immediately flushed out of the bearing.
  • With proper loading, rotational speed and clearances, a water wedge is formed in the rubber landing causing the shaft to ride on a thin film that totally separates the shaft and bearing surface. This is known as hydrodynamic lubrication. At this juncture both friction and wear decrease significantly in a rubber bearing.
  • Our proprietary rubber formulations have nothing more to prove. Rubber bearings are on more vessels around the world than any other material. Our Johnson Cutless Bearings have set unbelievable performance records that other bearing materials are still trying to meet.

The Water Wedge Principle minimizes bearing and journal wear.

The elastic characteristic of the rubber polymer allows the landing surface to deform and create a natural pocket allowing a hydrodynamic lubricating film to completely separate the bearing surface and the shaft. At this stage the coefficient of friction is well under 0.001, reducing “system wear” to a negligible amount.

Duramax Bearings - Water Wedge Principle

Hydrodynamic Grit Rejection.

A seal is created at the leading and trailing ends and bearing “land” areas causing hydrodynamic grit rejection. Abrasive grit is flushed out through alternating grooves, protecting the shaft from damage.

Why Rubber?

The tribology forces of rubber, when lubricated with water makes it one the most slippery materials. When sliding on a wet metal surface friction can be virtually eliminated, making it the perfect material to use for water-lubricated bearings.

Other reasons:

  1. The elastic properties of rubber allows grit and dirt to press into its surface until they are flushed out, protecting the shaft from scoring – unlike hard surface materials that can cause excessive shaft wear.
  2. Rubber is able to utilize any lubricants with low viscosity, such as water.
  3. When starved of water, rubber will not wipe or fail in a sudden catastrophic manner like hard surface materials. Rubber can crystallize but will always maintain its form.
  4. Each rubber landing area acts as an independent bearing surface.
  5. Rubber bearings always have contact area due to the elastomeric properties.
  6. Water-lubricated rubber has twice the specific heat of oil. An equal weight of water will absorb twice the heat of oil lubricants.

Johnson Cutless Bearings

Johnson Cutless Naval Brass Sleeve Bearings

These Naval Brass Sleeve Bearings adapt equally well to strut and stern tube mounts, and often used effectively as rudder-stock and pintle bushings.

  • Diameters are precision fitted to the shaft size with correct clearance for efficient water lubrication.
  • Thin shelled units are available for struts of small craft.
  • Over 100 different sizes in stock
  • Available in inch and metric sizes
  • Custom sizes available upon request
  • For shaft sizes: 3/4″ to 6-1/2″ (19.05mm – 165.10mm)
Johnson Cutless Bearings - Johnson Cutless Naval Brass Sleeve

Johnson Cutless Non-Metallic Sleeve Bearings

These Non Metallic Sleeve Bearings feature a structure of engineered reinforced thermoset plastic. The nitrile rubber polymer liner that is bonded to shell, is non-corrosive and inherently resistant to chemicals, oil and grease, as well as being anti-electrolytic.

  • Lightweight
  • Over 100 different sizes in stock
  • Available in inch and metric sizes
  • Custom sizes available upon request
  • For shaft sizes: 3/4″ to 6″ (19.05mm – 152.40mm)
Johnson Cutless Bearings - Non-Metallic Sleeve

Johnson Cutless Strut or Aft Stern Tube Flanged Bearings

Flanged Bearings are centrifically cast naval brass with an integral flange for bolting to stern tube or strut housing to retain bearing and prevent rotation in housing. Shells are heavy walled providing structural strength and can be step turned if desired. Shells are furnished un-drilled unless specified.

  • Available in solid and split design
  • Over 70 different sizes in stock
  • Custom sizes available upon request
  • For shaft sizes: 2″ to 15″ (50.80mm – 381.00mm)
Johnson Cutless Bearings - Strut Aft Stern Tube Flanged

Wärtsilä water lubricated composite bearings

Envirosafe bearings are composite bearings, offering an environmentally friendly solution, specifically designed for stern tube applications.

Our range of water lubricated bearings offers excellent performance when compared to competing products and covers both commercial and military applications. A variety of different supply options is available to suit specific applications including non-split bearings, split shells, or fully split housing that allows in-situ replacement and repair.

Wärtsilä also offers a Bearing wear down gauge system, which remotely indicates the wear of the stern tube or bracket bearing, by measuring the drop of the propeller shaft. This allows to receive information on the wear status of the sterntube bearings without diver assisted underwater wear down measurements. Based on the previously analysed data, the wear of the bearings can be predicted.

Wartsila WCS01 Water Lubricated Bearing Material Available in sizes 70mm to 1100mm

Available for both Stern Tubes and Rudder Bearings machined to suit your shaft and housing size.

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Wartsila Bearings - WCS01 Water Lubricated

Wärtsilä Oil Lubricated Sterntube Bearings

Wärtsilä Sternsafe Bearings come in both white metal and composite material.

Our range of Sternsafe oil lubricated bearings are developed specifically for stern tube applications and offer excellent performance covering both standard and high load requirements. They are available both as white metal and composite bearings. To suit your specific needs and applications we offer different supply options.

Wärtsilä Sternsafe bearings are made from cast iron or ductile cast iron housings that are babitted with tin or lead based on white metal. All bearings are based on a standardized design with the option of a variety of temperature sensors.

  • Wärtsilä Sternsafe white metal bearings
  • Wärtsilä Sternsafe composite bearings

Wärtsilä Sternsafe white metal bearings are made from cast iron or ductile cast iron housings which are babbitted with tin or lead based white metal. All bearings are based on a standardised design with the option of a variety of temperature sensors.

Wartsila Bearings - Oil Lubricated Sterntube
Wartsila Bearings - Composite Bearing

Shaft sizes ø50 to ø1172 mm
Effective length According to class (or to suit application)
Operating temperature 35° to 60° C
Optional extras Tin based or lead based

Wärtsilä Linesafe

Intermediate Shaftline Bearing

Our engineers listened to customers and developed a solution that meets market demands – the Wärtsilä Linesafe bearing. Flexibility is allowed within the standard configuration, with one bearing design suitable for multiple different configurations, such as forced lubrication or self-lubrication.

This means that Wärtsilä can meet the demands of any customer, with improved response times and a first-rate product tailored to their needs. As it is fitted with the PT-100 device, the Wärtsilä Linesafe bearing comes digital-ready as standard. This allows for modern condition monitoring systems to be easily integrated.

The Wärtsilä Linesafe bearing offers a lean and cost-efficient design that is flexible to specific customer needs. The customer is always in control of the final product.

  • Easier installation and alignment.
  • Higher radial load capacity.
  • Self-aligning design.
  • Global spares and service availability.
  • Flexibility within the standard configuration.
  • Full access to online service portal.
Wartsila Bearings - Intermediate Shaftline Bearing
Wartsila Bearings - Immediate Shaftline Bearing

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