Although designed to precision and built for heavy operation, but just like top-performing professional athletes have to continue training to maintain top performance, a turbocharger requires the right care for continuous optimum performance.
The turbocharger maintenance schedule is calculated according to its running hours and this can vary highly depending on the operational environment and turbocharger type. A turbocharger maintenance interval can therefore range from 4,000 hours to 30,000 hours. The original turbocharger manufacturer is the best source of advice for the right service interval. ABB Turbocharging provides a precise calculation of maintenance intervals using specialized simulation.
Consequently, nothing performs in an ABB turbocharger like an ABB spare fitted by an ABB engineer!
As the designer and developer of the turbocharger and its parts – the so-called Original Equipment Manufacturer or OEM, ABB is clearly in the best position to provide the precision parts and expertise needed to keep ABB turbochargers on the top of their game.
For example, the turbines and compressor impellers are built to exacting tolerances to achieve the thermodynamic and aerodynamic efficiencies they need. They must be an optimum fit with their housings to ensure the maximum power is extracted from the exhaust gases and the maximum power transmitted into the compressor. A deviation of less than a millimetre can seriously affect a turbocharger’s efficiency and hence engine efficiency. Likewise, the shape of the turbine’s and compressor’s blades is carefully designed to optimise their aerodynamics and avoid vibrations.