Vibration in Boat Propellers

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Boat propellor vibration

Boat propellers are mostly cast and made from various alloys. Porosity and shrinkage are usually formed during casting processes, and foreign materials or inclusions are often observed in cast propellers. These manufacturing defects generate mass imbalance in the propellers. Static balancing is required to balance the propellers by removing or grinding some materials. The balancing process is time consuming, tedious, and costly.

damaged propellor vibration

Propellers can also become out of balance during operation. Cavitation and tip erosion are common issues of unbalance. Boat propellers often hit rocks, thus damaging the blades. Bent, nicked, and eroded propellers results in violent vibration. Violent vibration produces detrimental effects to the boat, and operator and passengers, for example:

  1. Violent vibration can damage the boat’s drive train and other boat’s components.
  2. The engine draws more energy due to vibration, thus decreasing fuel efficiency.
  3. Violent vibration can be felt by the operator and passengers, thus reducing the riding comfort level.

Patented XYO balancer is able to automatically reduce or eliminate vibration in rotating equipment. Some benefits of using the technology in boat propellers are:

  1. Manufacturers do not need to factory-balance propellers. Hence the balancing cost is eliminated.
  2. XYO balancer is able to reduce or eliminate vibration during operation due to cavitation, damaged blades, etc.
  3. The operator can “get back home” without damaging the boat’s drive train.
  4. Propellers are always balanced, thus increasing energy efficiency.