TopClad® Tardisphere for “Gavdos” propeller shafts

In close collaboration with Damen Shipyards Gorinchem, TopClad® has recently completed the first phase of overhauling 2 propeller shafts of the “Gavdos” vessel using the
TopClad® laser technology. The propeller shafts, made of 1.4418 – 10088-QT900 material, were worn at the bearing places under the heavy duty application. By applying the TopClad® Tardisphere (225 μm thickness) at these places, the shafts are brought back to their original dimensions again and the wear resistance is brought to an unprecedented high level.
The short lead time of the process, including the validation, has kept the “up-time” to a maximum.

With the TopClad® laser technology, we are able to repair worn components and bring the quality to an even higher level compared to that of the original product. TopClad® laser technology is also highly suitable for deformation-sensitive materials.