If you are still wondering, why are cross heads used in diesel engines?, read this article and get to know the basics of these engines. It may also help you to make better decisions regarding your diesel engine. Here are some examples of crossheads used in diesel engines. Each of these types of heads has its own advantages and disadvantages. So, let’s start from the most common ones. And which one is best for your engine?
A typical cross head design includes a shoe-like end-piece for the piston and a sliding plate that is fixed to one side end. This side piece is erected toward the other end of the main body and has a side force that causes the plate to bend. When a side force is applied from a crosshead, the sliding plate bends and the piston is displaced in a considerable amount. The cross head according to the present invention can correspond to the deformation of the sliding plate when a side force is applied from the crosshead. In addition, it can decrease the pressure on the surface between the piston ring and the cylinder liner.
The crosshead also helps in removing the piston. It makes the piston removal much easier. In a double-acting diesel engine, the piston rod is attached to the crosshead by one nut. These engines are also commonly used in large marine diesels. Using these types of engines, these engines can burn low-grade fuel oil, which will reduce their running costs. But how do they work? Let’s find out.