Composite Light Gearbox by Mekanord

September 10 2012

Mekanord is now launching a gearbox which is up to 30 % lighter than traditional ones. The new product will be introduced at the SMM fair in GeMekanord Xseriesrmany, and Mekanord is expecting a large, global potential for use in lightweight, high speed and low energy vessels.

We have more than 30 years of experience in designing, building and refurbishing gearboxes for marine vessels and the demands for gearboxes, one of a vessel’s most vital parts, are getting increasingly higher. One of the demands that we frequently encounter is for high efficiency and low weight, says CEO at Mekanord, Soren Klyvo, and continues: -This is why we decided two years ago to initiate a scientific project in cooperation with a group of partners, aiming to completely rethink the construction of our gearboxes. The result is a composite gearbox up to 30 % lighter than a traditional one, but which also has a series of other advantages.

The scientific project gave Mekanord the opportunity to completely rethink the way a gearbox is designed and built. Besides from the weight issue, Mekanord also wanted to address the challenge of reducing noise levels, one of the main reasons why ultra strong composite was chosen as the perfect material. A common use for composite is the construction of fighter jets:

With the right formula, composite has some completely unique qualities that neither iron nor steel can match. It is a light, strong and rigid material and at the same time very flexible to work with in the production processes. Also, we have designed the new gearbox so that it is much easier - and thereby much cheaper - to service, says Soren Klyvo.

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