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In-place machining and major maintenance service - Wartsila 18V50DF

In-situ annealing saves another 18V50DF crankshaft for Trinidad powerplant

Ahead of a scheduled 36,000 overhaul, one of Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission’s (T&TEC) Wartsila 18V50DF dual fuel generators experienced a casualty on crankpin #9. The maker was brought in to inspect the damage and provided a report that resulted in the generation of a public tender for the completion of the repairs and the 36,000-hour overhaul.

Goltens traveled to the plant to complete an inspection of the engine, which had been completely disassembled by plant personnel at the maker’s recommendation. Goltens determined that the 450mm diameter journal had surface cracks and excessive hardness (as high as 568HB) from the bearing failure and proposed an in-place machining and annealing repair in addition to the overhaul.

  • Machining new fillet radii after in-situ crankshaft annealing on Wartsila 18V50DF

    Machining new fillet radii after annealing

  • Calibration check after in-place machining of Wartsila 18V50DF crankshaft

    Calibration check after in-place machining

  • Calibration and overhaul of Wartsila 18V50DF pistons

    Calibration and overhaul of pistons

  • Rigging of honed Wartsila 18V50DF liner into position

    Rigging of honed liner into position

  • Removal of Wartsila 18V50DF vibration dampener

    Removal of vibration dampener

  • Overhaul of Wartsila 18V50DF cyliner heads in powerhouse

    Overhaul of cyliner heads in powerhouse

  • Calibration checks on Wartsila 18V50DF camshaft bore

    Calibration checks on camshaft bore

  • Installation of Wartsila 18V50DF big end bearing housing

    Installation of big end bearing housing


After the tender was awarded, Goltens in-place machinists first machined the crankpin to -4.5mm to remove all surface cracks leaving a hard spot 250mm x 120mm. Goltens then performed the annealing process and reduced the crankshaft hardness from 568HB to a maximum of 300HB. A new radius was then cut for the final undersize of -6.0mm and final machining and polishing was completed with a surface finish of 0.4Ra.


While the annealing was being completed, Goltens deployed diesel teams to begin the overhaul of components in parallel. The 36,000-hour scope was comprehensive and included:

  • Calibration/overhaul of pistons and connecting rods
  • Honing of cylinder liners
  • Replacement of all crankpin and main bearings
  • Overhaul of cylinder heads
  • Remove and replace all cam bushings & Polish Camshafts
  • Overhaul Vibration Damper
  • Overhaul Turbochargers & Fuel Equipment
  • Complete rebuild of the engine
  • Commissioning and Testing on Diesel and Gas


Once the engine was completely rebuilt, Goltens flushed the engine, completed system checks and commissioned the engine. The engine was then turned over to T&TEC powerhouse personnel. Another successful demonstration of the power of Goltens’ in-place machining methods and 76 years of diesel engine expertise to repair an otherwise condemned crankshaft and complete major scheduled maintenance overhaul.


Customer: Trinidad & Tobago Electricity Commission
Engine: Wartsila 18V50DF
Hardness Pre-annealing: 568HB (max)
Hardness Post-anneailng: 300HB (max)
Journal Diameter (pre): 450mm
Material Removed: 6.0mm

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